Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Social Work
University of Gothenburg Department of Social Work

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Social Work

Ref PAR 2021/944


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The Department of Social Work is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. In an expansive and dynamic education and research environment, and with a high level of community engagement, we offer the Bachelor of Science Programme in Social Work as well as a comprehensive Master’s programme, the Family Psychotherapy Programme, and courses and study programmes at third-cycle level. The Department has extensive international contacts and collaborations through various networks and partnering agreements with universities around the world. Research in social work is conducted at the Department in a number of profile areas.

Form of employment: Fixed-term employment, two years. Rate of employment: Full-time (100%)

Location: Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg. Start date: As soon as possible.

Subject area

Social work

Subject area description

Social work involves studies of the living conditions and experiences of socially vulnerable people. Central to the subject area of social work is thus studying the causes and consequences of social problems as they can be understood at the individual, group and societal level. It is also important to study how various interventions that have the aim of preventing or remedying social problems are designed. Social work is a main subject area at first-, second- and third-cycle levels.


The duties of those appointed as postdoctoral research fellows shall primarily be focused on their own research within social work. Teaching in social work at different levels is also included in the position. Course coordination, assessment, supervision and course administration are all counted as teaching hours. Research hours included in the position account for 80 per cent of working hours. To be able to contribute to a stimulating academic environment, we expect employees to be present on campus to a large extent.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow are those who have been awarded a Degree of Doctor (PhD) in social work. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a Degree of Doctor (PhD) no more than three years prior to the expiry of the application period. Those who have been awarded a Degree of Doctor before this should also be considered in the first instance if there are special grounds. ‘Special grounds’ means parental leave, part-time work due to caring for children, leave of absence for service in the defence forces, elected positions in a trade union or student organisation or other similar circumstances.

The eligibility criteria for appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow are specified in the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg.

Applicant assessment criteria

When choosing from among qualified applicants, special attention will be given to the applicant’s research expertise. Because the appointment is a career development position, the assessment of each applicant’s research and teaching achievements will be primarily in qualitative terms. Consequently, the number of scholarly publications or a long track record in teaching due to the applicant having been active for an extended period of time will not be decisive.

Research expertise

When assessing research expertise, the primary consideration will be scholarly quality. For appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow (postdoctor), research expertise must be demonstrated through the applicant’s own research having exhibited a high degree of awareness of theory and method, an excellent ability to formulate problems, and high-level analytical skills.

Special weight will be given to research achievements which show that the applicant has substantial knowledge in the field of social work. An assessment of the quality and feasibility of the applicant’s research plan (to be attached to the application) will also be given weight.

Teaching expertise

The applicant’s teaching expertise, as demonstrated by their qualifications and teaching achievements, must be well documented so that its quality can be assessed. The quality of the applicant’s teaching expertise will be given the greatest weight but weight will also be attached to its scope in terms of breadth and depth. In this assessment, experience in and the ability to teach in the Bachelor of Science Programme in Social Work and in social work in general will be given weight. It is also a plus if the applicant has completed courses in teaching and learning in higher education.

Other matters

Administrative and other skills are important in the position. Administrative skills may be demonstrated by the applicant’s ability to plan, organise and prioritise research work in an efficient and appropriate way. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s ability to collaborate within academia as well as with the community at large. Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s ability to contribute to the future development of both research and education at the Department. All qualifications and achievements must be documented so that both their quality and scope can be assessed.

Documented experience of social work practice is considered a plus.

General suitability with regard to the content of the appointment is required. The applicant assessment criteria will be weighed together and in this recruitment the University will primarily consider applicants who, in an overall assessment of their competence and skills, are assessed as having the best prospects for carrying out the duties required in the position, and for contributing positively to the development of research and teaching at the Department of Social Work.

Appointment process

The recruitment process may include trial lectures, interviews and contacting referees. In addition to the opinions of experts, the decision on the appointment will be made on the basis of interviews in which the applicants will be given the opportunity to describe and elaborate on the research they plan to carry out during the term of the appointment, and on their views on teaching and research in social work.

If you intend to apply, you should refer to the Appointment procedure for teachers at the University of Gothenburg – Local Application at the Faculty of Social Sciences GU 2019/843 (GU 2020/415). It is available here: This procedure can also be requested from Human Resources Officer Anna Wettler by contacting her on e-mail

Contact details for the appointment

Therése Wissö, Assistant Head of Department

+46(0)31-786 6386


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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How to apply

Apply for this position via the University of Gothenburg recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply” button.

Please attach the following to your application:

The application must include a two-year research plan.

List of cited publications, in total not more than 10 teaching and learning or scientific publications.

You yourself are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete as described in the job advertisement and instructions and that the University receives your application no later than on the last date for applications. The qualifications and achievements cited must be verified by certificates or testimonials.

For publications that cannot be attached to the application digitally, please send hard copies in duplicate to:

University of Gothenburg

Department of Social Work

Att: Anna Wettler

Box 720


Please state reference number PAR 2021/944 on the envelope.

Last date for applications: 6 October 2021

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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