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The Department of Social Work is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. We have more than 120 staff and offer the Bachelor of Science Programme in Social Work as well as master’s programmes, family therapy education, other continued professional development and third-cycle courses and study programmes. Research in social work is conducted within the framework of a number of profile areas in an expansive and dynamic environment that is characterised by great civic engagement and extensive international contacts and collaborations, through various networks and with universities around the world.

More information about the department can be found on our website:

We are now looking for one or several senior lecturers in social work who can strengthen the research and education environment.

Subject area

Social work.

Job assignments

The tasks include teaching, research and collaboration with the surrounding society and consist mainly of teaching, supervision and examination on the theories and methods of social work within the Bachelor of Science Programme in Social Work. The tasks also involve assignments on course and study programme development and participation in the department’s teaching development work. Teaching is mainly at first and second cycle, but there may be some at third cycle, as well as some contract education. There may also be requirements to teach on most of the department’s courses and study programmes.

The position further includes the administrative tasks associated with a teaching position and, in the long term, the ability to participate in and perform different management assignments. Active participation in the department’s research environments and seminar activities is also required. As externally funded research is an important prerequisite for the research activities of the department and individual teachers, the tasks include actively participating in the department’s work to find external funding.


The appropriate qualifications for the position of senior lecturer are specified in Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in appointment procedure for teachers at the university of Gothenburg (Local Application at the Faculty of Social Sciences) available at appointments procedure for teachers at the university of Gothenburg

A person is qualified for the position if they have been awarded a Degree of doctor in Social Work and have demonstrated teaching expertise. Applicants must also have completed higher education teaching of 15 credits or equivalent, or have completed it within two years of the employment. 


When assessing the applicant, equal importance will be given to research and teaching expertise. Importance is also placed on administrative and other expertise of relevance to the subject matter and tasks of the position.

When assessing research expertise, publications of high academic quality will primarily be considered. Importance will also be given to documented ability to initiate, plan and conduct research and obtain funds for research in competition.

The teaching expertise must be well documented, which means that both scope and quality may be assessed. When assessing teaching expertise, special importance should be placed on experience of planning and carrying out teaching in social work. Supervision at first, second and third cycle is a useful qualification. The applicant must have a good ability to teach in Swedish as well as in English.

Applicants with a degree in social work, social care, social pedagogy or other relevant professional education from a university/higher education institute and at least two years of documented experience of qualified professional social work will be considered before other applicants with comparable qualifications. We would like to see applicants with experience in one of the core areas of social work. Different forms of participation in the surrounding society will also be considered.

Particular importance will be given to the combined competence in the subject and professional social work, as well as to the ability of the appointed person to collaborate internally and externally, and to be involved in driving the development of the department’s educational, project and research activities.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the vacancy notice and instructions and that it is registered no later than the application deadline. The cited qualifications shall be supported by certificates.

Most of our senior lecturers in the Department of Social Work are women. We therefore particularly welcome male applicants.

The Department of Social Work will continue to develop as an attractive and creative workplace characterised by equal terms and conditions, and we therefore work actively to promote gender equality and diversity.


The employment is a permanent position, scope 100%, with placement at the Department of Social Work. Start date as per agreement.

Appointment procedure

The recruitment process may require test lectures, interviews and taking of reference. In the interviews, applicants are given the opportunity to describe and develop their own view on the subject and their possible future role at the department.

If you intend to apply, you should read the appointment procedure for teachers at the university of Gothenburg (Local Application at the Faculty of Social Sciences) available at appointments procedure for teachers at the university of Gothenburg

For further information:

Information about the position can be obtained from Therese Wissö, Assistant Head of Department
+ 46 (0)31 786 6386, 


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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How to apply

You apply for the position via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete and in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is received by the University no later than the application deadline.

A maximum of ten scientific writings and ten teaching materials may be cited. The writings that you cite must be received within the application period. Writings that are not available in electronic form must be submitted in two copies. At least two references must be provided in the application.

The followed must be enclosed with the application:

  1. CV, including a complete list of publications and statement of external funds received (with amounts).
  2. A description of your academic qualifications containing
    a) A list of your ten best scientific publications.

    State your role and the scope of your work for chosen publications that are co-authored. Certificates of co-authored publications must be attached. These should contain information about each author’s contribution (quantitatively and substantively). The certificates must be signed by each co-author. If an article or book is accepted for publication but has not yet been published, a certificate of accepted publication must be attached.

    b) An account of your academic qualifications, research profile and research plan with a description of ongoing and planned research and why this employment is of interest to you and what you think you can contribute (max 5 pages).
  3. Complete electronic copies of your ten best scientific publications.
  4. An account of your teaching qualifications containing:
    a) A list of the courses and degree programmes that you have developed and taught, at first, second and third cycle.

    b) A description of your teaching and other qualifications with information on scope and quality.

    c) A description of your teaching material production (textbooks and other teaching materials).

    d) An educational self-reflection on your teaching philosophy and teaching practice (max 3 pages).

    e) Certificate of your higher education teaching if available.

    f) Certificate of your teaching experience from head of department/director of studies or equivalent at, at least one university/department.
  5. Complete copies of a maximum of three works from any teaching material production.
  6. An account of qualifications in management, administration and collaboration.
  7. Other certificates and documents you wish to cite.


Publications that cannot be attached to the application digitally must be sent to:

Göteborgs universitet
Institutionen för socialt arbete
Att. Anna Wettler
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

Mark the envelope with the reference number: PAR 2021/1626

The application must be received no later than: 17/01/2022


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.