Senior lecturer in civil law

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Since autumn 2017, Karlstad University offers a complete law degree (270 ECTS credits), the seventh law programme in Sweden. The programme includes basic legal training with specialisations in tax law, business law, criminal/procedural law, and human and social law and provides general qualifications for service as a law clerk. The department also offers a range of courses that currently is aimed primarily at students enrolled in the Business and Economics programme, the Real Estate Management programme, the Human Resource Management and Working Life programme, the Political Science programme and Social Work programme. The department of law has about 20 members of staff, among them, six professors, one reader, four senior lecturers and one lecturer, as well as seven doctoral students. Alongside of programme development, Karlstad Business School is also investing in the development of research at the department and established a doctoral programme in law in December 2014 with eight specialisations: general law, civil law, financial law, international law, environmental law, public law, procedural law and criminal law. The department is planning to recruit staff in several central legal fields and sub-disciplines, and is now looking for a senior lecturer in central civil law.

Duties include teaching in central civil law, such as commercial contract law, sale of goods law and the law of obligations. Teaching in other, closely related areas may be required. Duties also include planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching within the law programme and other programmes at both bachelor and master’s level (especially in the specialisation business law), and supervision of academic papers at these levels as well as degree projects. We are looking for a senior lecturer with excellent teaching skills who also wants to participate actively in the department’s development of the new programme at bachelor and master’s level, as well as the development of the doctoral programme, which is offered in collaboration with other higher education institutions. The senior lectureship includes 20% of working hours for research. We expect active participation in applications for external research funding and in the development of the department’s external relations, especially in terms of research within the fields of civil law and business law. You are expected to participate in the department’s day-to-day activities as much as possible.

Qualification requirements
Applicants are eligible for the position as senior lecturer in civil law who have obtained their Degree of Doctor of Laws or equivalent qualifications in civil law, as well as demonstrated teaching expertise. It is also required that the applicant has a completed course in higher education pedagogy. In special circumstances, the course in higher education pedagogy may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment. The applicant should have demonstrated excellent teaching skills at bachelor and master’s level (or equivalent), as well as having research experience within the field of civil law and/or business law.

For more information on qualification requirements in general, please see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 4, sect. 4, and Karlstad University’s appointments procedure.

Assessment criteria
Special and equal weight will be placed on the applicant’s research and teaching skills and expertise. In the assessment of research expertise, special weight will be placed on research related to fields of civil law and business law and demonstrated expertise that can contribute to the development of the department’s research in the field. In the assessment of teaching expertise, special weight will be placed on the ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching at different levels of education, as well as the ability to supervise and assess students. As teaching will be held in Swedish, high proficiency in spoken and written Swedish is of special weight. Excellent skills in fields of civil law is also of special weight. Knowledge of labour law is of weight. Considerable weight will be placed on demonstrated ability to create national and international contacts within and outside of academia, as well as attracting external research funding. Considerable weight will also be placed on personal qualities such as the ability to co-operate, take initiatives and participate in the department’s activities. The assessment also includes administrative skills.

Experience as supervisor at doctoral level is of weight. The position will be granted the applicant who, after a qualitative overall assessment of qualifications and expertise, is considered to have the best prerequisites to carry out and develop the duties included in the position and to contribute to a positive development of the discipline of law.

Terms of employment
The lectureship is a full-time permanent position, starting as soon as possible according to agreement. A probationary period of employment may be required.

Further information
Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities and life experiences.

Candidates should submit their application via the university’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. More information is available in the document “Guidelines for the appointment/promotion of professors and senior lecturers”, which can be found at

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted no later than the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • cover letter
  • verified CV/list of merits, including at least two references of whom one should have a managerial position
  • descriptive account of teaching and research skills
  • course certificate in higher education pedagogy, or account of equivalent qualifications
  • account of other work experience
  • account of experience of leadership, co-operation and administration
  • future teaching and research plans
  • list of publications (indicate your own role in cases of co-authorship)
  • copies of relevant transcripts, employment certificates and degree certificates
  • a maximum of ten academic publications and a maximum of five works designed to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, educational software, or popular science articles.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application. Do not just provide links to them. Documentation that cannot be submitted electronically, e.g. books and publications, should be sent in three copies to:

Karlstads universitet

State reference number: REK2020/220

Last day of application: 2020-12-14

We look forward to your application!

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