Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Culture and Society is devoted to education and research within the humanities, arts and social sciences. Our work is often pursued in inter- and multidisciplinary environments where language, culture and society are in focus. As a department we aspire to strengthen the position of the humanities and social sciences in society, and we view collaboration between education, research and the world around us as a prerequisite for success. The department is based in both Linköping and Norrköping.

hereby advertises a position as

Senior lecturer in practical philosophy 

formally based at the Department of Culture and Society

Appointment programme
Philosophy at LiU covers all main branches of philosophy, from logic and epistemology over philosophy of science, history of philosophy, moral philosophy, aesthetics to metaphysics and applied ethics. Our work in research as well as in teaching is characterized by an interdisciplinary focus and a strong interest in philosophical questions pertaining to the role of science in society. In our interdisciplinary cooperations, we seek to account for the multi-faceted nature of science, technology and engineering by utilizing a variety of methodological approaches and by actively working together with a number of units at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. This openness towards other disciplines is also reflected in our teaching program that includes several courses at other departments and faculties.

A senior lecturer’s duties include research, teaching and administration. This employment primarily involves teaching and essay supervision within the Teacher’s programme as well as independent courses. The successful candidate will also be asked to join fund raising efforts and the development of local, national and international collaborations. Participation in the research group’s activities and programs is an important aspect of the employment.

Regarding teaching, it is required that the successful candidate has documented teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: ethics, political philosophy, history of philosophy, and applied ethics. Documented teaching experience at different levels (first cycle, second cycle, third cycle) and in interdisciplinary contexts is a special merit. Furthermore, documented experience in the design and development of courses and study programs as well as documented competence regarding thesis supervision are also particular merits. The language of instruction is English and Swedish. Non-Swedish speaking candidates may apply, but if appointed, are required to be able to teach in Swedish within two years of taking up the appointment.

Documented research proficiency in ethics is a requirement for the position. Documented research proficiency with a focus on history of philosophy is a merit for the position. Documented research proficiency in writing successful grant proposals as well as international research experience are particular merits. The successful candidate is expected to carry out the vast majority of her/his research and teaching in Linköping.

To be qualified for this appointment the applicant must have demonstrated teaching proficiency, received a Degree of Doctor or have the equivalent academic expertise or other professional skill which is of significance with consideration for the subject relevant to the appointment and the associated duties.

Here, the definition of “equivalent academic expertise” is a documented foreign degree which is deemed to be at least equivalent to a Degree of Doctor.

The definition of “other professional skill” is relevant professional skill gained outside of higher education. Other professional skill can only be considered as a ground for eligibility in the case of an appointment for which the successful candidate is to be active in professional education and training in which proven experience is essential.

Grounds for assessment
As grounds for assessment when appointing a senior lecturer, the level of proficiency required to qualify for the appointment shall apply.

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching proficiency as to other conditions of eligibility.

For this position, equal weight is given to scholarly and teaching proficiency.

Scholarly proficiency must have been demonstrated through: original research resulting in publication, through planning and managing research and third-cycle courses and study programmes and through the ability to obtain research grants Scholarly proficiency can also be demonstrated through the ability to achieve results in research through collaboration with other teachers and through the ability to provide information about research.

Teaching proficiency is demonstrated through the ability to convey relevant knowledge and skills, to stimulate students such that they drive their own learning process, to create engagement and interest in the subject area, and the ability to structure and organise both the content and forms of work in relation to the goals of the subject area. In addition, the teaching proficiency must have been demonstrated through the ability to contribute to the development and renewal of education and the ability to reflect on their own attitude to education and the results of their work.

Administrative proficiency and leadership must have been demonstrated through the ability to plan, organise and develop activities and personnel.

It is desirable that the successful candidate with another mother tongue than Swedish should be able to teach in Swedish within two years from being appointed.

Appointment procedure
The position will be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University on the advice of the Appointments Board. A letter of intent will be required of the applicants who make the short list for the position.

Starting date 
By agreement.

The University applies individual salary scales adapted to the experience of the employee and to the labour market.

Union representatives
For contact with union representatives see below. 

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest June 30, 2021.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent in three sets by mail to the University Registrar at Linköping University, University Registrar, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. The publications must be received by Linköping University no later than the deadline for application.

In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent.

Equal Opportunities
A majority of senior lecturers within the Department of Culture and Society are women, which is why precedence will be given to men in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

KJell O Lejon

Professor, Head of Division

+46 (0)13 285667

Harald Wiltsche

Professor and Head of the research environment

Petra Winsa