Professor of Social Work

Uppsala University Department of Sociology


Professor of Social Work

Published: 2022-04-25

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The professorship is housed at The Centre for Social Work (CESAR), which is currently being reorganised from a centre to a department for Social Work within the Faculty of Social Sciences. This reorganisation goes into effect in 2023.

CESAR – the Centre for Social Work at the Department of Sociology – was established at the start of 2018, and is today a complete education environment responsible for the Social Work Programme, Master’s programme, doctoral education and research in social work. Contract education in social work will be provided as needed. CESAR is in a development phase, where the Social Work Programme is expanding and will be offered at both Campus Uppsala and Campus Gotland from autumn 2021. The lecturers at CESAR are very active in research, and there are ongoing projects with both national and international partners. Research at CESAR is also conducted in collaboration with the environment and the research groups at the Department of Sociology.

Duties: The doctoral programme is relatively new, and the duties include overall responsibility for both the establishment and the development of research and doctoral education in the field of social work. Teaching and supervision of CESAR’s courses and programmes at all levels. The faculty’s ambition is that the appointee will be able to dedicate around half of their working hours to their own research. In addition, the appointee will be eligible for a paid sabbatical of one semester after a number of years in the post.

Duties include providing information about research and development work; participation in, planning and leadership of research projects (including applications for research funding); and cooperation and collaboration with the social work field (internship). Duties of an administrative nature, including management roles at department and other levels at Uppsala University, may also occur.

Further duties include following developments in the appointee’s own subject area, disseminating research, and strengthening cooperation with other social work-related research environments both nationally and internationally. The appointee shall also follow general societal developments that are relevant to the development of the subject of social work at Uppsala University.

Qualifications: To be eligible for employment as a professor, the applicant must have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, § 3). Research expertise must have been demonstrated through independent research contributions and through achievements that are of very high international quality by international standards. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading, and developing research; an ability to obtain research funding in competition; and well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle (doctoral) students.

Teaching expertise must have been demonstrated by an extensive educational portfolio. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision at first-cycle (undergraduate) level, second-cycle (Master’s) level and third-cycle (doctoral) level, and must otherwise meet the requirements laid down in the  Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (Section 32) and the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Supplementary Guidelines (section 2b).

The teaching expertise, research expertise and professional skill must be relevant to the subject matter of the position and the duties that the position will involve.

To meet the qualification requirements, applicants must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and English. An appointee who only has a command of one of these languages when taking up their position must be able to teach in the other language as well within two years.

As stipulated in the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, one general qualification required for teaching staff is that applicants must be able to work with other people and otherwise meet the demands of suitability required to perform their duties well.

Assessment criteria; research and teaching expertise

The assessment criteria used in the appointment of a teacher at Uppsala University will be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

When making an appointment to this professorship, weight will be primarily given to research and teaching expertise, with particular attention being given to research expertise. However, in an overall assessment of the criteria, an applicant whose teaching expertise is deemed far superior to that of an applicant with slightly superior research expertise may be ranked ahead of the latter applicant.

In assessing research expertise, research quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of the research, in terms primarily of its depth and breadth, will also be taken into account. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community will be assessed on the basis of such criteria as the quality and scope of their scholarly publications in the most relevant publishing channels for the subject. The international track record required will be assessed according to the nature and specific circumstances of the subject.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated through independent research contributions that both qualitatively and quantitatively considerably exceed that which is required for docent status.

The applicant must normally have been principal supervisor of at least one doctoral student up to and including the thesis defence, unless there are special grounds otherwise.

When assessing research expertise, particular attention will be paid to its grounding in social work research.

Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and education at the doctoral level, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community.

Teaching expertise will be evaluated as carefully as research expertise. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, shall also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop education and teaching, as well as the ability to base teaching on research in the subject concerned, subject didactics, and teaching and learning in higher education.

Assessment criteria; other expertise: In addition, the assessment will take into account the degree of administrative and other expertise that is relevant with regard to the subject matter and duties of the position. Attention will also be paid to team-working abilities and skill in developing and leading activities and staff, and the potential to contribute to synergies within and beyond the department. Further, attention will be paid to the ability to collaborate with the wider community and to communicate research and development issues.

Documented experience in strategic development of social work research is also regarded as a particularly valuable qualification. Experience of management responsibility is also regarded as a particularly valuable qualification.

When the University appoints new teachers, it will select the applicants who, upon a qualitative overall assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to perform and develop the duties concerned and to contribute to the positive development of activities.

Qualifications must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both their quality and their scope.

In this recruitment, the recruitment committee may make use of interviews, trial lectures and references. Applicants should therefore provide a list of reference persons who can shed light on the applicant’s professional proficiency and personal qualities that are relevant to the position, e.g. team-working abilities, leadership abilities and working methods.

Personal circumstances (parental leave, part-time employment because of childcare, union responsibilities, military service, etc.) that may be considered to the applicant’s advantage when evaluating qualifications should be taken up in connection with the account of qualifications and experiences.

Application process: A complete application is to be submitted via Uppsala University’s recruitment system and should comprise:

  • Letter of application
  • List of attachments
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Presentation of research qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Presentation of educational qualifications
  • Presentation of other qualifications
  • Scholarly (maximum 10) and (if any) educational publications cited
  • List of reference persons (name, contact details, previous working relationship)

Instructions for drawing up the application

NOTE: The application, including attachments, is to be submitted electronically in the recruitment system Varbi. Any publications cited that are not available in electronic format should be sent in triplicate to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala. Mark the package with the reference number UFV-PA 2022/749.

For further information see the University's Appointment Regulations

and the Faculty's supplementary guidelines for appointment

About the position: The position is permanent and full-time. Starting date by agreement. Placement: Uppsala.

Further information about the position is available from: Director Siv-Britt Björktomta, tel. +46 18-471 7804, email

Questions about the appointment procedure may be addressed to: Faculty Officer Ellinor Fiebranz Andersson, tel. + 46 18-471 28 28, email   

We look forward to receiving your application by May 31 2022. 

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: CESAR

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Individual wage setting

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/749

Last application date: 2022-05-31

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