Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Professor of Sociology

Work duties
The position includes duties such as initiating, leading, and developing research at the department. This involves conducting your own research, initiating new research projects, and actively working on applications to obtain external financing, among other things. The research can be within one of the department’s research areas, or within a field which contributes to developing the department’s operations. The duties include teaching and supervision on all levels, active participation in the department’s operations, and cooperation with society. The appointment may include leadership assignments. The appointment includes internal funds which currently allow for 50 per cent research. At least 20 per cent of the duties consist of teaching and/or leadership assignments. The work is located in Umeå. The duties require attendance in person at the workplace. 

Persons are eligible for the position of professor if they have displayed both scientific and pedagogic proficiency in the field of sociology pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance (HF) and the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at Umeå University. 

Assessment grounds 
Assessment grounds when appointing a professor shall include proficiency in relevant aspects and of a level necessary for the position. Additional assessment grounds include administrative proficiency and cooperative ability.

Scientific proficiency refers to independent research efforts, ability to obtain research funding in competition with other researchers, ability to plan and lead scientific operations, documented national and international research collaborations, publication, and ability to communicate research to the surrounding society. Proficiency is also displayed through leadership in research projects and successful supervision of doctoral students. 

Pedagogical proficiency concerns the teacher’s work with students, their own pedagogical development, and their contributions to the pedagogical development of the department’s activities. This includes participation in third-cycle education activities, such as supervision of doctoral students and participating in the design and implementation of courses and seminars.

Administrative proficiency means an ability to develop and lead activities and employees, ability to cooperate with society, and disseminating information about research and development work. Cooperative ability includes formulating, planning, leading and participating in projects which include several persons, and participating in activities common to the research field or the department.

As the applicant should be able to carry out administrative and pedagogical work duties which require an understanding and use of the Swedish language, it is desirable to be able to communicate in Swedish and English, both written and spoken.

Weighting of assessment criteria
When weighting the various assessment criteria, scientific proficiency shall be prioritised. Pedagogical proficiency shall also be given high priority. After this, administrative proficiency and cooperative ability shall be considered.

Eligibility and assessment grounds can be found in the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Umeå University, here.

The recruitment process may include interviews, trial lectures, and checking of references.

About Us
The department is a dynamic research and teaching environment with over 50 employees. Our research covers areas such as attitude research, family sociology, labour market research, digital sociology, science studies, political sociology, ageing, economic sociology, and medical sociology. This research is to a large extent externally funded and carried out both in larger research groups and by individual researchers. The teaching is done at first, second and third-cycle level, in the fields of sociology and library and information science. The department also participates in a number of degree programmes alongside other departments at the university. For more information about our work, please visit our website:

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1829-18
  • Prefekt Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell, , +46 90 786 98 14,
Union representative
  • SACO, +46 90 786 53 65
  • ST, +46 90 786 54 31
  • SEKO, +46 90 786 52 96
Published 11.Dec.2018
Last application date 26.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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