Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is looking for a senior university lecturer in New Testament Exegesis.

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. Religious studies and theology offers study programmes and degrees at first-cycle (undergraduate), second-cycle (Master’s) and third-cycle (doctoral) level. Apart from theology programme and standalone courses in religious studies and theology, the department is responsible for teacher education in religion. Further information about the department and the subject religious studies can be found on the department's website.

Description and work duties
The position includes teaching that takes place both on campus and on internet-based courses. During the first two years, the position includes 50% skill development and 50% teaching/ administration. 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 New Testament exegesis or has attained equivalent academic competence or other professional skills relevant with regard to the subject area of the appointment will be considered eligible for the position.

The ability to teach in Swedish (or another Scandinavian language) within one year from the beginning of the employment is required in order to qualify for the position.

Evaluation criteria  
Research and educational expertise in New Testament exegesis, experience of administrative activities, development work and management duties, good ability to work with others in education and research, 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 comparing  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 competence, particular importance will be given to research competence in New Testaments exegesis. Research competence within Old Testament exegesis is not necessary to qualify for this position, but is considered a merit.

The focus of teaching is courses in New Testament exegesis and New Testament Greek. Experience in teaching Old Testament exegesis and Classical Hebrew is not necessary to qualify for this position, but is considered a merit.

The planning and execution of teaching and examination is to a large extent carried out in teams of teachers. It is therefore important that the candidate has 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 are to be submitted in electronic form. For this position, it is not needed to submit a research plan.

Your application is to be submitted through Umeå University’s electronic recruitment system Varbi no later than the February 3, 2020.

Further information
The position is permanent 100% starting on August 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 teachers in the field of theology, and we therefore especially encourage applications from female applicants.

For more information about the position, contact the Coordinator of the Subject Area, Thomas Girmalm (+46 90 786 78 21, or Head of Department, Jonas Nilsson (+46 90 786 99 90,

For more information about the department, visit the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious studies’ website

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-08-01 unless otherwise agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1700-19
  • Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department, +46 90 786 99 90,
  • Thomas Girmalm, Coordinator of the Subject Area , +46 90 786 78 21,
Union representative
  • SACO, +46 90-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +46 90-786 52 96
  • ST, +46 90-786 54 31
Published 17.Dec.2019
Last application date 03.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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