Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Uppsala University Department of Government


Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Published: 2022-08-15

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 Department of Government have been conducting research and educating students for 400 years. Today the department provides a vibrant and internationally successful research environment. With around 50 faculty members and 40 PhD-students, the department is recognized as one of the leading political science departments in the Nordic countries. The department’s faculty consists of researchers covering all the major fields of political science. See more at:


The position includes teaching, examination, research and administration. The Third Mission of the University prescribes also academic outreach. Teaching duties include course coordination, course administration and supervision. Duties also include actively pursuing external research funding, following developments in the subject field as well as following relevant development in society that is of relevance for the research and education at the university. As a senior lecturer at our department, you are expected to participate actively in the collegial governing of the university, for example as department board member, member of the faculty board and member of various university committees.


To be eligible for appointment as senior lecturer, the applicant must hold a Ph.D in political science or possess equivalent scholarly competence. Moreover, the applicant must have demonstrated teaching expertise and have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must have the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well, such as collaborative skills.

It is required that the pedagogical, research and professional expertise is relevant for the positions subject content and the duties included in the employment.

Documented ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement. An applicant who is proficient in only one of these languages at the time of appointment is expected to be able to teach in the other language within two years.


In the assessment of applicants, equal importance will be given to research and teaching skills.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated by the applicant’s independent, high-quality research contributions. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national scientific community must be assessed on the basis of such criteria as the quality and scope of scholarly publications. The international track record required must be assessed according to the nature and specific circumstances of the subject.

In assessing research expertise, research quality must be the primary consideration. Consideration must also be given to the scope of the research, in terms primarily of its depth and breadth. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and third cycle (doctoral) education, the ability to obtain research funding in competition, and the ability to collaborate and engage with the wider community through research.

Pedagogic proficiency will be given equal weight as scientific proficiency. Pedagogical skills should be well documented so that the quality can be assessed. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality must be the primary consideration. Consideration must also be given to the scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth. Furthermore, consideration must be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop education, and to the ability to base teaching on research. Teaching expertise should also include the ability to collaborate and engage with the wider community through education.

Assessment, other skills

Administrative and management skills are important for this position and will be afforded weight.

Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organize, and prioritize work in an efficient and task-related manner as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames. Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality.

Management expertise is demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise.

When the University appoints new teachers those applicants must be selected who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

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

The Recruitment Committee may in this recruitment come to use interviews, trial-lectures and referrals. The applicant should therefore submit a list of referees with insight into the applicant’s professional skill as well as personal qualities that may be of relevance for the position, e.g. ability to cooperate, ability to lead and working methods.

Personal circumstances that may be of relevance in merit evaluation, for example parental leave, should be mentioned in the list of qualifications (CV).

It is important for applicants to follow the instructions as closely as possible.

How to apply

A full application is submitted to Uppsala University's application system. The application shall include:

  • Letter of application including list of appendices
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Account of academic qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Account of teaching qualifications
  • Account of other qualifications
  • Academic works and any educational works being brought to bear
  • A clear account of the extent of the applicant´s teaching experience, specified in number of hours List of references  
  • List of references

Please 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 2022/1745

Instructions for drawing up the application are available on the faculty home page, see the following link:

For further information, see the University’s Appointment Regulations 

and the faculty’s supplementary guidelines for appointments

About the position

The position is permanent and full-time. Starting date by agreement. Place of work: Uppsala

Further information about the position is available from: Head of Department Li Bennich-Björkman, tel. 018-471 34 56, email 

Questions about the appointment procedure may be addressed to: Faculty Officer Terese Kanellopoulos Sundström, tel. 018-471 25 72 email

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

We look forward to receiving your application by 17 October 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1745

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Government

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Saco-rådet

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1745

Last application date: 2022-10-17

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