Associate Senior Lecturer in English

Uppsala University


Associate Senior Lecturer in English

Published: 2019-10-09


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.



Description of the department

The Department of English is comprised of five research and teaching sections: English Language and Linguistics, English Literature, American Literature, Celtic Languages and Literature, and the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS).

Work duties: The position includes teaching (50%) and research (50%) as well as related administrative duties. Teaching will be in the fields of English linguistics, grammar, and written and spoken production. Teaching duties also include course responsibility, course administration and supervision. Research will be conducted mainly in the field of English Linguistics. In order to actively participate in departmental and faculty work, the holder of the position will be expected to be present at the workplace regularly.

Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for employment as an Associate Senior Lecturer, the applicant must have a PhD or have attained a corresponding level of research competence in English Linguistics; be able to demonstrate teaching expertise; be able to teach in fluent English; and possess the personal characteristics required to meet the demands of the position well.

Applicants who have obtained a doctorate or acquired corresponding proficiency no more than five years before the closing date of the application period will be prioritized.

The applicant should have completed five weeks’ teacher training for higher education that is relevant for the work, or be judged to have corresponding knowledge. If there are special reasons, the academic teacher training may be implemented during the appointee’s first two years of employment.

Assessment criteria: In selection among eligible applicants, particular weight will be given to research excellence. With reference to the nature of the position as one that prepares a scholar to reach the level of qualification required to become a Senior Lecturer, the applicant’s research and teaching qualifications will be assessed primarily in terms of quality. Thus, a quantitative advantage possessed by an applicant that may be explained by the person having worked for a longer period will not be a decisive factor.

Teaching expertise: In the assessment of teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the applicant’s experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, is also considered important. Teaching expertise must be sufficiently well documented such that the quality can be assessed. A teaching development plan outlining the applicant’s use of the four-year period to improve and develop the individual’s teaching skills must be included in the application materials. This plan should not exceed 3 pages.

Research expertise: In assessment of research expertise, scholarly quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the research, especially in terms of its breadth and depth, is also regarded as important. Applicants with documented previous research in the areas of variation and/or change in the English language or in studies of learner English will be given special consideration. A research plan outlining the applicant’s planned research in one of these areas during the four-year period in question must be included in the application materials. This plan should not exceed 3 pages.

Other expertise: Administrative and management expertise in academic environments will be considered advantageous. This kind of expertise is demonstrated in, for example, a capacity for operational planning and an ability to work well with others. In addition, particular weight will be attached to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to future development of both teaching and research at the Department of English at Uppsala University.

Personal circumstances (such as parental leave) that may be credited to the applicant in the evaluation of qualifications for the post should be specified in connection with the applicant’s account of qualifications and experience.

Promotion to Senior Lecturer: A written application for consideration for promotion to Senior Lecturer must be sent to the Faculty of Languages Board at least six months before the end of the Associate Senior Lecturer position ends.

Promotion to Senior Lecturer is based on a holistic assessment of the applicant’s research, teaching and administrative excellence as well as their leadership capacity. The assessment of the application for promotion will pay particular attention to the research, teaching and administrative work undertaken during the appointment as Associate Senior Lecturer. A statement attesting to the applicant’s ability to fulfill the duties of a Senior Lecturer is to be sent to the faculty by the Head of Department at the time of application.

Research expertise:

The applicant’s research quality must be of good international standing and must the candidate is expected to have an independent research profile. The applicant shall have shown their ability to independently initiate and drive a research project. External financing, publications in relevant outlets, presentations and/or other relevant forms of disseminating research results at scholarly conferences or workshops, promotion to Associate Professor and other merits within the related field will be considered relevant in the assessment of research expertise.

Teaching expertise:

The applicant shall have completed pedagogical training for tertiary education amounting to at least ten weeks, or have equivalent experience. The capacity to plan, develop, teach and evaluate courses on both the undergraduate and the advanced (MA) level will be considered important in the assessment of the candidate’s pedagogical expertise.

Administrative expertise:

The applicant should have experience of collaborating in overall planning for both research and teaching. Experience in administering research projects or in other administrative tasks at the university, faculty or departmental levels, as well as administration beyond the university, will be considered a merit. 

Within three years, candidates must be able to communicate in and manage everyday university administration in Swedish.

Application procedure: A full application must be submitted through Uppsala University’s Varbi recruitment system.

The application must include the following:

  • A letter of application, briefly summarizing the applicant’s research, teaching and other activities

  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a summary of academic, pedagogical and administrative qualifications, together with copies of relevant supporting documentation

  • A list of publications

  • Copies of all publications, including the doctoral thesis. (Maximum 10)

  • Teaching Development plan, not exceeding 3 pages in length

  • Research plan, not exceeding 3 pages in length

  • The recruitment group may make use of interviews, trial lectures, and references. Applicants must therefore submit a list of references (maximum 2).

If relevant publications are not available in electronic format and cannot be scanned, two hard copies must be sent to the Faculty of Languages, Uppsala University, Box 256 751 05 Uppsala. Notate these copied with diary number UFV-PA 2019/2206.

For further information see the university’s employment procedures as well as the Faculty of Language’s guidelines for appointment and for promotion.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: Individually negotiated.

Starting date: By agreement.

Type of position: Associate Senior Lecturer.

Scope of employment: 100 %

Period of employment: The position of Associate Senior Lecturer may be held for a maximum of four years, with the possibility of promotion to Senior Lecturer.

For further information about the position please contact: Chair of the Department, Ashleigh Harris, or the Director of Studies, Christer Larsson,

Please submit your application by 8 November 2019, UFV-PA 2019/2206.



Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.


Placement: Department of English

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fast lön

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/2206

Last application date: 2019-11-08

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