Researcher in Applied Social Welfare

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022

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The Department of Social Work is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. We have more than 120 staff and offer the Bachelor of Science Programme in Social Work as well as master’s programmes, family therapy education, other continued professional development and third-cycle courses and study programmes. Research in social work is conducted within the framework of a number of profile areas in an expansive and dynamic environment that is characterised by great civic engagement and extensive international contacts and collaborations, through various networks and with universities around the world.

More information about the department can be found on our website:

We are now looking for a researcher in applied social welfare research.

Project description

The research group Implementation and Intervention Research (IIF) consists of several members across different disciplines, departments, and universities and is chaired by Assistant Professor Tina Olsson. We wish to hire a researcher in connection with recently funded research projects on the social emotional development and mental health of early adolescents and testing the effects of an online intervention for parents of adolescents. This project is conducted in collaboration with the Applied Developmental Science (ADS) research group at Stockholm University which is chaired by Assistant Professors Laura Ferrer-Wreder and Lillianne Eninger.


This position involves working with study management/implementation, study ethics, and conducting and writing up the results of advanced statistical analyses and general scientific writing.


Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree in social work, psychology or an allied field; an equivalent degree from another country is acceptable. Applicants should have a competitive research publication track record and substantial experience with scientific writing. Applicants should have expertise in research areas directly relevant to this project such as: intervention/experimental research and research on executive functioning in youth. Of particular importance is the documented experience in conducting advanced statistical analyses (detailed in the assessment criteria section). Required applicant qualifications and abilities also include excellent organizational, communication, and social skills, as well as written and oral fluency in Swedish and English. It is a special merit if the applicant has clinical experience (e.g., licensed psychologist) in referral of youth to social and mental health services.  

Assesment criteria

In the appointment process special attention will be given to expertise relevant to the research project, evidence of the ability to conduct person-oriented analyses, structural equation modelling, experimental/intervention outcome analyses, publication track record, as well as Swedish and English language skills. Clinical experience (e.g., licensed psychologist) working with children, youth and families is of merit.


The position involves up to 30% employment for 11 months. Start date as per agreement.

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact 

Dr. Tina Olsson, phone: 031-786 11 01, email: ,

Dr. Laura Ferrer-Wreder, phone +46-8-16 38 98, email:

Dr. Lilianne Eninger, phone +46-8-16 3963, email:  


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To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to create an account in our recruitment system. Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline. 

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: %

Applications must be received by: 2022-08-15

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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