Senior lecturer in musicology

Ref PAR 2022/1383

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Cultural Sciences is a multidisciplinary department spanning ethnology, film studies, gender studies, art and visual studies, cultural studies and musicology. The department also offers two bachelor's programmes; one in Cultural Studies and one in Media, Aesthetics and Cultural Entrepreneurship. There are also two Master's programmes, Gendering Practices and Culture and Democracy.


Subject description
The musicology programme at the University of Gothenburg looks at music from the perspectives of musical analysis, music history, media theory, sociology, ethnology and cultural criticism. Teaching is mainly in Swedish. The subject has a broad research profile, specialising in music and media studies, ethnomusicology, sociology of music, popular music studies, music and democracy, film music and soundtrack studies, music history and music aesthetics.

Duties consist of teaching in the various fields of musicology at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. In addition to lectures, seminars, thesis supervision and examinations, teaching also includes course responsibility, course development, course administration and competence development in the field of education. Teaching may be both campus-based and online.

The post also includes research time, which the holder of the post is expected to use on their own research, publication activities, applications for external research funding and competence development in the field of research, thus contributing to the development of the subject and the department. The post may also include management duties such as subject coordinator and, depending on the specialisation of the employee, teaching on the department's bachelor’s and master’s programmes. 

To contribute towards a good working environment and the development of the department, you are expected to be physically present and participate in day-to-day work and the workplace community to a great extent.

Qualifications for employment as a senior lecturer are specified in Chapter 4, Sections 3–4 of the Higher Education Ordinance here and the University of Gothenburg's own appointment procedure here.

You are eligible for appointment as a senior lecturer in musicology if you have demonstrated teaching skills and have completed a doctoral degree in musicology or have equivalent academic merits or other skills relevant to the subject content of the post and the duties involved in the position.

Assessment criteria
Assessment criteria for employment as a senior lecturer are set out in Chapter 4, Section 3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance here and in the University of Gothenburg’s appointment procedure here.

In the assessment, equal weight is afforded to teaching and academic skills. Good collaboration skills are valued highly, as is the ability to pursue matters independently.

When selecting between qualified applicants, great importance shall be attached to

  • Documented and proven ability to teach and supervise in musicology at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Documented ability to lead and participate in course development work in musicology at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Documented national and international research activity (e.g. participation with papers at national and international conferences, publication of peer-reviewed academic publications, participation in national and international research networks)
  • Documented ability to bring in external research funding and head research projects.
  • Documented good collaboration skills both internally with colleagues and in external contexts.
  • Documented good communication skills in English and Swedish (or a related Nordic language).

Other merits

  • Documented experience of management positions (e.g. Director of Studies).
  • Documented ability to supervise at PhD level.
  • Good knowledge of the Swedish education system and the ability to teach in Swedish or a related language.
  • Good ability to communicate musicological research.

In addition to expert assessment, the selection process may involve test lectures, interviews and reference checks.

The position
The position is a full-time, permanent appointment as a senior lecturer. All permanent appointments are subject to a probationary period. Admission by agreement.

Other information about the post
If you do not possess higher education teaching qualifications in accordance with the requirements at the University of Gothenburg (PIL101, PIL102 and PIL103) at the time of application, such qualifications must be validated or the specified training completed within one year of commencing the post (

Contact details regarding the position 
For more information about the post, please contact Head of Department Lena Martinsson,, phone: +46 31-786 5910, or Professor Anna Backman-Rogers,, phone: +46 31-786 6110. Questions about the recruitment process can be addressed to Human Resources Officer Gunilla Zachau,, phone +46 31-786 6160.

Trade unions 
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Applicants should apply for the post via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the "Apply" button. Your application should contain information and documentation relevant to the assessment regarding the assessment criteria specified above.

The application must be in line with the instructions of the Faculty of Humanities:

Note that the following documents must be attached to your application:

  • Personal letter explaining why you are applying for the position.
  • PhD certificate.
  • Doctoral thesis.
  • A maximum of 10 full-text academic publications that you specifically wish to cite. In the case of co-authored works cited, the applicant's contribution must be specified.
  • Description of academic and teaching work.
  • List of degrees and appointments.
  • Merit portfolio I: Academic credentials.
  • Merit portfolio II: Teaching credentials.
  • Merit portfolio III: Leadership and administrative credentials.
  • Merit portfolio IV: A track record of interaction with the wider community.

As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and the application form and that it reaches the University by the closing date for applications. Publications/journals that cannot be attached digitally should be sent in duplicate to the Department of Cultural Sciences, Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden. Please state reference numbers for supplementary documents.

The application must be received by: Monday 20 February  2023

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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.