Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

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The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is looking for a senior university lecturer in Philosophy. The position is permanent (100%).

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University’s Faculty of Humanities conducts education and research in the fields of archaeology, philosophy, history, history of ideas, religious studies and theology. Philosophy offers study programmes and degrees at first-cycle (undergraduate), second-cycle (Master’s) and third-cycle (doctoral) level. Further information about the department and the philosophy subject can be found at

Description and work duties
The position involves teaching both on campus and on internet-based courses. During the first two years, the position includes 60% teaching/ administration and 40% skill development. After the first two years, the position includes 80% teaching / administration and 20% skill development. Skill development is normally devoted to research and work with applications for external research grants and senior university lecturers are expected to contribute to the development of the subject area by applying for external research funding. Apart from teaching, administrative tasks related to teaching as well as staff and planning meetings and meetings regarding the subject area are included in the employment.

Qualification requirements
A person who has demonstrated educational expertise and holds a doctorate in philosophy or has attained equivalent academic competence or other professional skills relevant with regards to the subject area of the employment will be considered eligible for the position.

The ability to teach in Swedish (or another Scandinavian language) is a requirement for the position as a senior university lecturer.

Evaluation criteria 
Research and educational expertise in the area of philosophy, experience of administrative activities, development work and management duties, good ability to work with others as well as to interact with the surrounding community represent the evaluation criteria in the selection of the candidate.

Research expertise should have been demonstrated by independent research production. The criteria for assessing research expertise are:  

• Breadth and depth of research - quality and scope
• Originality of research
• Productivity
• Contributions to the international research community
• Assignments within the research community
• The ability to obtain external research funds in the face of competition
• Collaboration with the surrounding society

Educational expertise shall have been demonstrated through documented experience of teaching on a research basis within higher education. The criteria for assessing educational expertise are:  

•  An ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and an ability to supervise and examine students at every level of education
•  An ability to vary teaching methods and examination formats in relation to anticipated study results and the nature of the subject
•  Experience of collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and implementation of education
•  Participation in the development of learning environments, teaching aids and study resources
•  A reflective approach to student learning and one’s own role as a teacher

These skills can be obtained through higher education teacher training, other training relevant to teaching within higher education and/or documented, proven experience of teaching in higher education.

Weighing the evaluation criteria against each other
Particular importance will be given to the research and educational expertise. In weighing these two evaluation criteria, equal importance will be given to both of them. In addition, importance will be given to the other evaluation criteria.

In the assessment of the research expertise, particular importance will be given to research competence within the core areas of philosophy, in particular history of philosophy, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and ethics, including metaethics.

A substantial part of teaching is focused on the following areas:  history of philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language.  Teaching skills within a wide range of these areas will be considered a significant merit. 

The planning and execution of teaching and examination is largely carried out in teams of lecturers. It is therefore important that the candidate have a good ability to work with others.

The qualification and evaluation criteria are available at: Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå University.

Information about which documents  must be submitted with the application is available at: Guidelines for applications for employment and promotion at Umeå University's Faculty of Arts. All documents must be submitted in electronic form. For this position, no research plan needs to be submitted.

Your application is to be submitted through Umeå University’s electronic recruitment system Varbi no later than the January 7, 2020.

Further information
The position is permanent 100% starting on July 1, 2020 unless otherwise agreed. The place of work is Umeå. In order to carry out teaching, attend planning meetings and fulfill other tasks that are part of the employment, a high level of attendance at the department is required.

Umeå University applies positive discrimination of underrepresented gender. There are currently fewer female than male lecturers in philosophy, and we therefore especially encourage applications from female applicants.

For more information about the position, contact the Coordinator of the Subject Area, Lars Samuelsson (+46 90-7866241, or Head of Department, Jonas Nilsson (+46-90-7869990,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-07-01 unless otherwise agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1702-19
  • Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department, +46 90-786 99 90,
  • Lars Samuelsson, Coordinator of the Subject Area , +46 090-786 62 41,
Union representative
  • SACO, +46 90-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +46 90-786 52 96
  • ST, +46 90-786 54 31
Published 21.Nov.2019
Last application date 07.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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