Professor of Sociology
Uppsala University Department of Sociology

Professor of Sociology

Published: 2022-06-23

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 Sociology at Uppsala University was founded in 1947 and is the oldest department of sociology in Sweden. The Department offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies in sociology. Undergraduate and graduate education is also offered in social psychology as well as sociology with a focus on work, organisation and human resource management.

We are seeking a highly qualified sociological researcher. Empirical research is considered a particularly valuable qualification for this position. Merits in empirical research may relate to one or more recognised areas of study within sociology.

Duties: Overall responsibility for research and education at all levels in the field of sociology and for development of the same. The Faculty's ambition is that approximately half of working time should be devoted to one's own research. Furthermore, there is a possibility of a paid sabbatical period after a longer employment.

Active research and research communication as well as participation, planning and management of research projects (including applications for research funding). Assignments of administrative nature, including management assignments at departmental and other levels within Uppsala University, may also arise. 

Required qualifications: A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise is qualified for appointment as a professor (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 3). Research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research contributions and by achievements of very high quality by international standards. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading and developing research; an ability to obtain research funding in competition; and well-documented expertise in supervising doctoral students.

A general eligibility requirement in Section 5 of the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (AO) is that the applicant must have the ability to cooperate and otherwise meet the requirements for suitability needed to perform the duties well. Furthermore, according to Section 31 of the Appointment Regulations, the research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research contributions and by the applicant's high-quality merits, as evaluated internationally. The applicant shall have demonstrated skill in the planning, initiation, leadership and development of research and the ability to obtain research grants in competition, as well as well-documented skills in supervising doctoral studies.

Teaching expertise must be demonstrated by an extensive educational portfolio. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision at all levels, and must otherwise meet the requirements laid down in the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (Section 32) and the Faculty of Social Sciences Supplementary Guidelines (Section 2b).

The teaching expertise, research expertise and professional skill must be relevant to the subject matter of the position and the duties that the position will involve.

To meet the qualification requirements, applicants must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish or English. An appointee with a command of only one of these languages upon appointment must, within two years, be able to teach in the other language as well.

As stipulated in the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, one general qualification required for teaching staff is that applicants must be able to work with other people and otherwise meet the demands of suitability required to perform their duties well.

Assessment criteria: research, management expertise and teaching expertise

The assessment criteria used in the appointment of a teacher at Uppsala University will be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

In the appointment of this professorship, significance will be assigned to research expertise, management expertise, and teaching expertise. When ranking eligible applicants, emphasis will primarily be placed on research expertise and secondly on leadership and teaching expertise. Equal care will be given to the evaluation of all three assessment criteria. The assessment criteria will be weighted so that an applicant judged to be significantly more qualified in terms of leadership and teaching expertise than a slightly more skilled applicant in terms of research expertise can be ranked ahead of the latter.

Research expertise: In assessing research expertise, research quality will be the primary consideration. The comprehensiveness of the research, primarily in terms of its depth and breadth, shall also be assigned significance. Furthermore, the ability to establish and maintain local, national and international research networks and to competitively obtain external funding for research shall be assigned significance. The applicant's contributions to the international and national research community will be assessed, inter alia, in terms of the quality and volume of scholarly publications in the most relevant publication channels in the field. The criterion regarding international qualifications shall be assessed with consideration of the nature of the subject and its specific conditions.  Research expertise must have been demonstrated through independent research contributions that both qualitatively and quantitatively considerably exceed that which is required for docent status.

Empirical research is regarded as a particularly valuable qualification for this appointment. Such qualifications may relate to one or more recognised areas of study within sociology.

The applicant must normally have been principal supervisor of at least one doctoral student up to and including the thesis defence, unless there are special grounds otherwise.

Management expertise is demonstrated by the ability to manage operations and staff to effectively achieve common goals. Experience with responsibility at departmental or similar level, and contributing to its development is considered a qualification. Other collegial responsibilities, demonstrated by undertaking other managerial and/or administrative assignments, participation in committees/working groups or otherwise demonstrating commitment to the internal work of a department or university are also considered a qualification.

Teaching expertise: Teaching expertise will be evaluated as carefully as research expertise. When assessing teaching expertise, the primary consideration will be teaching quality. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be taken into account. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop education and teaching, as well as the ability to link teaching to research, based on research in the discipline in question, in didactics, and in higher education is assigned significance. It is considered meritorious for the applicant to be able to teach in both Swedish and English.When the University appoints new teachers, the successful candidates will be those who, based on a qualitative overall assessment of competence and expertise, are deemed to have the best conditions for carrying out and developing the duties in question and for positively contributing to the development of the organisation.

 Qualifications must be documented in a manner that permits assessment of the quality and scope of the merits in question. The application must state the area(s) of sociology in which the applicant considers him or herself particularly qualified.

The Recruitment Committee may make use of interviews, trial lectures and references. Applicants must therefore provide a list of reference persons who can discuss the applicant’s professional proficiency and the personal qualities of relevance to the position, e.g., team-working abilities, leadership abilities and working methods.

Personal circumstances (parental leave, part-time work due to childcare, trade union duties, military service etc.) which may be considered for the purposes of assessing applicant qualifications should be mentioned in the statement of qualifications and experience  (Curriculum Vitae).

Application process: A complete application, submitted via Uppsala University's recruitment system, must include:

  • Application letter
  • List of attachments
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Presentation of research qualifications
  • Presentation of management expertise
  • Presentation of teaching qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Presentation of other qualifications
  • Scholarly and educational works cited (max 10)
  • List of reference persons (name, contact details, previous working relationship)

Instructions for drawing up the application

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 2022/1748.

For further information see the University's Appointment Regulations

and the Faculty's supplementary guidelines for appointment

About the position: This position is permanent and full-time. Starting date by agreement. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Ilkka Henrik Mäkinen, tel. 018-471 1484, e-mail and Dean Prof. Joakim Palme tel. 018-471 3305, e-mail   

Questions about the appointment procedure may be addressed to: Faculty Officer Ellinor Fiebranz Andersson, tel. 018-471 28 28, email   

We look forward to receiving your application no later than September 30 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1748.

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

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Sociology

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1748

Last application date: 2022-09-30

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