Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
University of Gothenburg School of Global Studies

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology



Diary id: BY 2019/408

Employment level: Open ended

Location: School of Global Studies

Apply by: 2019-09-01

The School of Global Studies (SGS) is an innovative university environment for research and education on globalization and global issues. We seek applicants who wish to work in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary setting.


The department's educational and research activities include the following subjects: Social Anthropology, Peace and Development Research, Global Studies, Human Ecology, Environmental Social Science, and Human Rights.


Subject area

Social anthropology


Subject area description

We announce this position opening in Social Anthropology in conjunction with the inauguration of a new BSc programme in social anthropology that specializes in applied anthropology (the programme opens autumn 2019). Social anthropology at the School of Global Studies builds on a tradition of detailed empirical fieldwork including methods such as long-term participant-observation; textual, visual and archival research; interviews; elicitation techniques; and collaborative methods such as digital mapping and photo-narration. At the core of our research are lived life, everyday praxis, and the workings of power. Our approach is comparative and reflexive and we carry out both basic and applied research. We address classical theoretical problems such as the boundaries between persons and things, waste and value, the sacred and the secular, social organisation and the formation of subjectivities, as well as contemporary social issues related to migration, integration, climate change, precarity and collective action.


The School of Global Studies invites junior and senior applicants for a position in the Social anthropology subject area.


Job assignments

Teaching will be primarily at the undergraduate level in the social anthropology BSc programme, which is taught in Swedish. Pedagogical duties may also involve teaching at the MA level in Global Studies and/or Global Health, as well as at the doctoral level. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in research in social anthropology, the School’s curricular development and to perform administrative and leadership tasks as necessary.


External funding is important for financing the research activities of the School’s teaching staff. The successful applicant will also be expected to actively apply for external research funding.



The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg Appointment Procedures for Teachers. To qualify as a lecturer applicants must hold the PhD and be able to demonstrate pedagogical expertise.



In the selection process equal weight will be given to research and teaching. In the evaluation of research skills, particular weight will be given to the applicant’s work in recent years and the ability to initiate and conduct research independently and in collaboration with others. Scientific skill should be demonstrated by research and publications within social anthropology and fields relevant to the applicant’s specialisation. Demonstrated experience conducting research as an applied anthropologist is a merit. The ability to attract external funding is also a merit. The specific area of social anthropology research is open and may include health, migration, gender, indigenous groups, development, sustainability, conflict resolution, business and organisational anthropology or any other field of specialisation that contributes to social anthropology at the School of Global Studies. Assessment of teaching includes pedagogical planning, delivery, evaluation, supervision and examination. Pedagogical achievements should be well documented so that their quality can be assessed. Administrative skills are also considered important, as are the ability to collaborate with and contribute to society at large and to disseminate information about research to multiple audiences. As teaching is done in both Swedish and English, proficiency in both languages is required.


After assessment of all aspects of the applicant’s skills that are relevant for this position, the person who is considered best qualified to carry out the required tasks, cooperate with other staff and contribute to the development of the School of Global Studies will be selected.


The evaluation criteria are spelled out in the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg.



Permanent position of 100% placed at the School of Global Studies. First day of employment: by agreement.


Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by external experts from outside the department, interviews, guest lectures and references.


For further information:

- Regarding the position, please contact Deputy Head of Department Isabell Schierenbeck, +46 (0) 31-786 5947,


- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Andrea Iriarte, +46 (0) 31-786 4325,



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in two copies to: University of Gothenburg, Andrea Iriarte, School of Global Studies, Box 700, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden. Mark the envelope with reference number PAR 2019/408.


The application is to be written in English.


Potential applicants are advised to study the rules for recruitment of teaching staff at the Faculty of Social Sciences.


The application must include the following documents

• A list of scientific and educational works. The applicant should specify a maximum of 10 publications or other work submitted for peer review, and document educational achievements. Where relevant, the applicant should also provide documentation of work as an applied anthropologist.


• A brief summary of the applicant’s previous scientific, educational and administrative activities. Documentation of scientific merit should include information on research funds, if the applicant was the main or co-applicant, as well as the amount awarded. Documentation of pedagogical merits can include certificates, course evaluations and qualitative reviews by Directors of Studies or the equivalent. Qualifications should be supported by certified copies of diplomas, certificates and/or other documents in PDF format. The description of scientific, educational and administrative activities shall indicate the research projects and results, and other activities that the applicant wishes to be considered in the appointment. The starting point for the presentation of scientific and educational activities is the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at the University of Gothenburg. Personal circumstances (such as parental leave) which may be relevant to the assessment of qualifications may also be included here.


• A brief statement of the applicant’s future research plans and how the applicant would develop social anthropology and applied anthropology research at the department.


• A concise statement of the applicant's experience of cooperation with the broader public outside the university.


• The scientific publications (maximum 10) which are submitted should be numbered to match the publication list (these cannot be sent by e-mail). The publications must be uploaded in full text as an attachment in PDF format.


Applications must be supported with formal documentation of academic qualifications. All teachers must, within one year of their appointment, have completed training in teaching and learning in higher education or to demonstrate that they have acquired the equivalent knowledge through other means.


Closing date: 1st September 2019

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