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The School of Global Studies (SGS) is an innovative university environment for research and education on globalization and global issues. We seek applicants who wish to work in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary setting. The department's educational and research activities include the following subjects: Environmental Social Science, Global Studies, Global Development Studies, Global Gender Studies, Human Ecology, Human Rights, International Relations, Peace and Development Studies, and Social Anthropology.

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Subject area

Human Rights

Subject area description

Human Rights is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses the social sciences, humanities, and law, and includes theory, ethics and practice. The department offers an interdisciplinary MSc in Human Rights that focuses on implementation and practice, and coordinates an Erasmus Mundus MA in Human Rights Policy & Practice with universities in Spain, England, and Norway. The department also contributes to the Master programme in Social Work & Human Rights taught by the Department of Social Work, and the MA programme in Global Health coordinated by Sahlgrenska Academy.

Job assignments

The position consists primarily of teaching and research.

Regarding teaching, a senior lecturer is expected to teach, coordinate courses, supervise and examine students at the undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral levels. In addition to teaching within Human Rights, occupants of the positions are also expected to teach within Global Studies and other departmental courses and programmes as appropriate. Course and programme development assignments, administration related to teaching, and participation in the department’s pedagogical development work is also included. It is required to teach in Swedish within two years from the start of the position.

Regarding research, the position includes conducting research and actively applying for external funding for one’s own research and, where appropriate, for doctoral students. The post entails participating in the department’s research environments and activities, and in the international research community through conference participation and publications.

The School of Global Studies participates in public outreach and the holders of the advertised positions are expected to initiate cooperation and actively work with external actors and the community at large to promote practical applications of produced research.

Involvement in leadership, pedagogical and other assignments within the department’s, Faculty’s and University’s collegial forums may be included in the longer term.


The qualifications for the position of senior lecturer are, as per Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, that the candidate is able to demonstrate pedagogical expertise and holds a doctoral degree or has equivalent scientific competence or other professional skills crucial for the subject content of the employment and the tasks to be executed. The degree of skill is specified in the assessment criteria below. Examination of pedagogical skill will be given equal consideration as examination of other qualifications.


Research qualifications will be evaluated based on scholarly publications on Human Rights, participation in research collaborations as well as documented ability to acquire external research grants. In the assessment of research qualifications, particular weight will be given to international publications in the last 7 years. While an extensive publication record is expected from the candidate, the quality of the publications, e.g., originality, richness of empirical research, analytic insights, and theoretical contribution, will be assigned greater weight than the total number of publications.

Teaching qualifications will be assessed based on documented experience of having successfully planned and implemented teaching activities at the undergraduate, Master’s and/or Doctoral levels. In the assessment of teaching, particular weight will be given to the quality of reflection on implemented and documented work for curricular and pedagogical development. Experience of course and/or programme development, authorship of learning material or published pedagogical contributions in scientific journals or textbooks is considered a merit. Applicants must have formal training in teaching and learning in higher education or equivalent verifiable qualifications.

The following qualifications, arranged in ranked order, are merits: 1) Practical experience in implementing Human Rights, such as advocacy, campaign work, evaluation (e.g., indicators), policy development, or project management; 2) Research proficiency in environmental social science, peace and development studies, and/or social anthropology, as demonstrated through scholarly publication in relevant international journals; 3) Holding active long-term research funding.

It is an absolute must that the person hired for the post can teach in Swedish within two years from the hiring date. In addition, the position requires strong oral and written English language skills.

After a review by external experts, the selection process will involve trial lectures, interviews and contacting references. The applicant who, in the overall assessment of skills and development potential (based on the candidate’s documented experience, current work and future plans for research and teaching), is deemed to be best suited to carry out the identified job assignments, cooperate with other staff and contribute to a positive development of the Department’s work will be selected for the post.


Type of employment: Permanent position
Extent: 100 %
Location: School of Global Studies, Gothenburg
First day of employment: August 1st 2022 or per agreement


For further information:

Regarding the position, please contact: Maris Boyd Gillette, Assistant head of department with responsibility for strategic recruitment,

Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact: Andrea Iriarte, HR specialist,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

We ask that you write your application in English, as it will be reviewed by international experts.

The application must include:

*A résumé/CV, including a complete list of publications and a list of external grants obtained (including the size of the grants).

*A description of your scientific qualifications, including:

-a select list of your 10 best academic publications. Note that external reviewers are instructed to pay particular attention to publications from the last 7 years. State your role in and work done for all co-authored selected publications. Publication certificates for each co-authored publication must be attached, containing information about the contribution of each co-author (quantity and substantive contribution). The certificates should be signed by each co-author. If a book or article is accepted for publication, but not yet published, attach a certificate about the accepted publication.

-a description of your scientific merits, profile, and research plans, including why the appointment is of interest and what you believe you can bring to the position (max 5 pages).

*Electronic copies in full of your 10 selected publications.

*A description of your teaching qualifications, including

-an account of your teaching record, with a list of the courses you have designed and taught at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

-a description of your teaching merits and qualifications including information about the extent and quality.

-a description of the production of learning materials (text books and other learning material).

-a pedagogical self-reflection about your teaching philosophy and teaching practices (max 3 pages).

-official transcripts or other verification of formal training in teaching and learning in higher education.

-a certificate of your teaching experience from head of department/director of studies or the equivalent from at least one university/department.

*A short reflection on how you would contribute to developing Human Rights at the department (maximum 700 words)

*A brief account of your experience of collaboration with the surrounding society (maximum 500 words)

*An account of your administrative record and qualifications such as university-wide, college/faculty, departmental and/or research project, administration and administrative leadership (maximum 500 words).

*Other certificates and documents that you wish to include.

Any application materials that cannot be submitted in electronic form via the application portal, should be sent to:

Göteborgs universitet
Andrea Iriarte
Institutionen för globala studier
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg 

Closing date: January 7th 2022 


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.