Karlstad University

Professor in Psychology

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Sapere Aude—dare to be wise—is our motto. Our students and employees develop knowledge and expertise that enrich both people and the world around them. Our academic environment is characterised by curiosity, courage and perseverance. Gender equality, diversity and a democratic approach form the foundation of our organisation. We are located in an active and scenic region and we promote sustainable development in close collaboration with the wider society.
Karlstad University has a total of approximately 1,400 employees and 19,000 students spread across two inspiring campus environments in Karlstad and Arvika.
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We are looking for a professor of Clinical Psychology, specialising in neurocognition, health psychology or developmental psychology, to be a part of the discipline of Psychology at Karlstad University.

Clinical psychology refers to both the professional practice of preventing curing and relieve human suffering and psychological aspects of illness, and to the systematic study of origin, development, diagnostic, assessment, treatment and prevention of clinical psychological conditions.

The subject of Psychology has more than 30 employees and is part of the Department of Social and Psychological Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The department also houses Gender Studies, Social Work, and Sociology. The subject offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes in psychology. In October 2014, the subject was granted the rights to issue the Degree of Master of Science in Psychology, and the Master of Science in Psychology Programme was launched in autumn 2015. In addition to the programme, the university offers several freestanding bachelor’s and master’s courses in psychology. Karlstad University has provided a doctoral programme in psychology since 2006.

The subject is also connected to two multidisciplinary research environments:

  • Centre for Research on the Mental Health and Life Circumstances of Children and Youth (CBU), https://www.kau.se/en/cbu
  • Service Research Center (CTF), https://www.kau.se/en/ctf


Duties comprises research, teaching and supervision, as well as contributing to the development of the department’s research in the field of clinical psychology. A professor is expected to participate in the efforts aimed at acquiring solid funding and resources for the clinical research conducted at the department. Duties also comprises development of courses and degree programmes, as well as teaching and supervision at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of professor of Psychology, applicants are required to hold a PhD or equivalent in Psychology and have documented scientific and pedagogical proficiency. The position requires a good command of Swedish and English. An applicant without the necessary proficiency in Swedish is expected to actively work to acquire the required language skills. Pursuant to the Karlstad University Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved. A professor must also have completed a course in higher education pedagogy. An applicant without these qualifications may be appointed on the condition that he or she commits to completing the course within two years of employment.

For other eligibility requirements, refer to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 Section 3, and Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure.

Assessment criteria

Special weight is given to leadership and research expertise in the field of clinical psychology.

Special weight will also be given to recognised collaboration skills, outstanding academic leadership qualities and the ability to contribute significantly to a good research environment.

Considerable weight is given to teaching expertise, as well as the ability to communicate research and development efforts.

Being a licensed psychotherapist and having a network of contacts within the field is a valuable qualification.

In the assessment of research expertise, recent and documented ability to secure research funding is a valuable qualification, as is experience from international assignments or national and international networks. Another valuable qualification is prior administrative experience of being head of research.


This is a permanent full-time position (100%) starting at the earliest agreed upon convenience. The position is placed at the Department of Social and Psychological Studies.

Additional 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.


Submit the application via the university’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. For advice on how to draft your application, refer to “What should be included with my application?”

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience
  • certificate of completed courses in supervision and higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an in-depth account of research experience
  • documented and successful experience as a doctoral supervisor
  • an account of other experiences of importance, such as clinical practice
  • an account of managerial, collaborative, and administrative experience
  • plans for future work
  • an account of collaborations, experience of international networks, employment, etc.
  • a list of publications (in multi-authored publications, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • an account of language skills
  • copies of relevant course transcripts, degree certificates, and other certificates
  • no more than 10 scientific publications and no more than 5 materials intended to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, computer programs for teaching, or popular science articles
  • two references, at least one of which is a current or former supervisor.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in triplicate to the following address:

Karlstad University
HR Office Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline: 31 August 2022

State the reference no: REK 2022/102

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

HR Excellence in Research
Karlstad University received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research award September 2020. The award is issued to employers with a stimulating work environment and good conditions for researchers and its continuous improvement. The award also conveys the university’s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment as well as favorable professional development for researchers. Read more: kau.se/hrs4r

Type of employment: Permanent position
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: By agreement
Salary: Monthly
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Karlstad
County: Värmlands län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: REK2022/102
  1. Line Holth, prefekt, +4654-7001905,Line.Holth@kau.se
  2. Fredrik Hjärthag, proprefekt, +4654-7002270,Fredrik.Hjarthag@kau.se
  3. Jessica Westman Trischler, studierektor, +4654-7001237,Jessica.Westman@kau.se
  4. Maria Tillfors, ämnesföreträdare och professor, +4654-7002189,Maria.Tillfors@kau.se
Union representative:
  1. Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +4654-7001714
  2. Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +4654-7001434
  3. Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, +4654-7001404
Published: 2022-06-02
Last application date: 2022-08-31

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