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The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies belongs to Umeå University’s Faculty of Humanities and has about 110 employees. The Department combines researchers, teachers and students within the fields of archaeology, environmental archaeology, philosophy, history, history and education, history of science and ideas, religious studies and theology under one roof. The department also hosts two national research infrastructures: The Environmental Archaeology Laboratory and the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD).

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is now looking for an associate professor in religious studies with focus on history of religion. The position is full-time and permanent starting 1 August 2022 or according to agreement.

The position involves teaching both on campus and on internet-based courses. A large part of the teaching content focuses on history of religion.

During the first two years, the position includes 60% teaching/administration and 40% competence development time. After the first two years, the position includes 80% teaching/administration and 20% competence development time. Competence development time is normally devoted to research and work with applications for external research funding and associate professors are expected to contribute to the development of the subject area by actively 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 religious studies 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) within two years from the start of the employment is a requirement. Good knowledge in both spoken and written English, is also a requirement.

Assessment criteria
Research and educational expertise within religious studies with focus on history of religion, experience of administrative activities, development work and leadership duties and good ability to work with others represent the evaluation criteria in the selection of the candidate.

The research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research production. The criteria for assessment 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 competitively obtain external research funding
  • collaboration with the surrounding society

Educational expertise must have been demonstrated through documented experience of teaching on a scientific basis within higher education. The criteria for assessment 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
Equal importance will be given to the evaluation of the educational expertise as well as the research expertise. Particular importance will be given to the research and educational expertise in religious studies with focus on history of religion. In weighing these two evaluation criteria, equal importance will be given to both. In addition, importance will be given to the other evaluation criteria.

In the evaluation of research expertise, particular importance will be given to the ability to obtain external research funding and scientific publications with peer review.

The planning and execution of teaching and examination is largely carried out in teams of teachers. Importance will be given to a good ability to work with others.

The qualification and evaluation criteria can be found in the Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå University:

The application must be submitted through Umeå University’s e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 31 May, 2021.

Information about which documents must be submitted with the application can be found in the Guidelines for applications for employment and promotion at Umeå University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities:

Please note that digital copies of publications are to be submitted with the application. For this position, a research plan is not to be submitted.

Further information
The position is full-time and permanent. Starting date is 1 August 2022 or according to agreement. The place of work is Umeå. In order to carry out teaching, attend planning meetings and fulfil other tasks that are part of the employment, a high level of attendance at the department is required.

There are currently fewer female than male associate professors in religious studies, and we therefore especially encourage applications from female applicants.

For more information about the position, contact Director of Studies, Elisabeth Raddock (+46 90-7866972, or Head of Department, Jonas Nilsson (+46 90-7869990, For more information about the department, see: For more information about working at Umeå University, see:

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 August 2022 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-445-21
  • Elisabeth Raddock, Director of Studies, +4690-786 69 72,
  • Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department, +4690-786 99 90,
Union representative
  • SACO, +4690-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +4690-786 52 96
  • ST, +4690-786 54 31
Published 27.Apr.2021
Last application date 31.May.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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