Post Doc in Social Work

University of Gothenburg Faculty of Social Sciences


Post Doc in Social Work

Diary id:PAR 2020/866
Employment level:Fixed term
Location:Department of Social Work
Apply by:2020-08-31

Form of employment: Temporary employment, two years

Percentage of full-time: 100 per cent.

Placement: Department of Social Work, Gothenburg

Start date: As soon as possible

Registration number: PAR 2020/866

Subject area

Social work

Subject area description

The subject area of social work comprises the study of the living conditions and experiences of the socially disadvantaged. Thus, studying the causes and consequences of social problems as they can be understood at the individual, group and community levels is key in the subject area. It is also important to study how various interventions aimed at preventing or remediating social problems are designed. Social work is offered as a subject area at first-, second- and third-cycle levels.


In a post doc position, tasks are to be focused primarily on the post doc’s own research in social work Teaching in social work at different levels is also included in the position. Course coordination, assessment, supervision and course administration are all counted as teaching. Research hours in the position account for 80 per cent of hours.

Required qualifications

Applicants qualified for appointment as a post doc are those who have been awarded a Degree of Doctor (PhD) in social work. First priority ought to be given to applicants who have been awarded their degree no more than three years before the end of the application period. If there are special reasons, applicants may be considered who have been awarded their PhD earlier than this. Special reasons include having taken parental leave, part-time work due to caring for children, having held a professional association/union role, military service or another similar circumstance.

The general qualifications required for appointment as a post doc are specified in the University of Gothenburg’s own Appointments Procedure.

Applicant assessment criteria

When choosing from among qualified applicants, special attention will be paid to research expertise. Because the appointment is a career development position, the assessment of each applicant’s research and teaching qualifications will be primarily qualitative. Consequently, a high number of scholarly publications or teaching merits due to the applicant having been active for an extend period of time will not be decisive.

Research expertise

When assessing research expertise, the primary consideration will be scholarly quality. For appointment as a post doc, research expertise must be demonstrated through the applicant’s own research having exhibited a high degree of awareness of theory and method, an excellent ability to formulate problems, and high-level analytical skills.

Special weight will be given to research qualifications which show that the applicant has substantial knowledge in the field of social work. An assessment of the quality and feasibility of the applicant’s research plan (to be attached to the application) will also be given weight.

Teaching expertise

The applicant’s teaching expertise, as demonstrated by their qualifications in teaching and learning, must be well documented so that its quality can be assessed. The quality of the applicant’s teaching expertise will be given the greatest weight but weight will also be attached to its scope in terms of breadth and depth. In this assessment, experience in and the ability to teach in the Bachelor of Science Programme in Social Work and in social work in general will be given weight. Weight will also be given to applicants who have completed courses in teaching and learning in higher education.

Other information

Administrative and other skills are important in the position. Administrative skills may be demonstrated by the applicant’s ability to plan, organise and prioritise research work in an efficient way suited to the purpose. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s ability to collaborate within academia as well as with the surrounding community. Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s ability to contribute to the future development of both research and education at the Department. All qualifications must be documented so that both their quality and extent can be assessed.

Documented experience of social work practice is considered a merit.

General suitability with regard to the content of the appointment is required. The applicant assessment criteria will be weighed together and in this recruitment process the University will primarily consider applicants who, in an overall assessment of their competence and skills, are assessed as having the best qualifications for carrying out the tasks required in the position, and for contributing positively to the development of research and teaching at the Department of Social Work.

Recruitment process

The recruitment process may include trial lectures, interviews and contacting referees. In addition to the opinions of experts, the decision on the appointment will be made on the basis of interviews in which the applicants will be given the opportunity to describe and elaborate on the research they plan to carry out during the term of the appointment, and on their views on teaching and research in social work.

If you intend to apply, you should refer to the Appointment procedure for teachers at the University of Gothenburg as locally applied at the Faculty of Social Sciences GU 2019/843. It is available here (in Swedish only): Appointment procedure. This procedure can also be requested from Human Resources Officer Anette Overbring by contacting her on e-mail


Apply for this position via the University of Gothenburg recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply” button.

Please attach the following to your application:

The application must include a two-year research plan.

* List of cited publications, in total not more than 10 teaching and learning or scientific publications.

You yourself are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete as described in the job advertisement and instructions and that the University receives your application no later than on the last date for applications. Proof of qualifications in the form of the degree certificates is required.

For publications that cannot be attached to the application digitally, please send hard copies in duplicate to:

University of Gothenburg

Department of Social Work

Attn: Anette Overbring

Box 720


Please state reference number PAR 2020/866 on the envelope.

Contact detalils for the appointment

Anna Dunér, Assistant Head of Department



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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.

Closing date: 2020-08-31.

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

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.

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