Ref AP-2020/123

Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University) in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 11 000 students and 840 employees. Undergraduate and postgraduate education and research are conducted in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Technology and Education. Our site is in Flemingsberg. Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.

The School of Social Sciences has nine main fields of study, numerous multidisciplinary degree programmes and several research centres. It is also home to the research area of Politics, Economy and the Organisation of Society (PESO). Business Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Political Science have degree-awarding powers at doctoral level.
Sociology has been taught at So¨derto¨rn University for twenty years and is also characterised by a strong and vibrant research milieu. Primary areas of research include working life, civil society, political organisation, social sustainability, social movements, social capital, trust, urbanism, health and welfare.

This professorship in sociology is being advertised as part of the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies professorship programme.
A considerable proportion of the subject’s research and doctoral research projects are also conducted within the university’s profile area, which focuses on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. For more information about Södertörn University’s research profile and the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, please visit

Job description

The new professor of sociology will develop research in the subject, particularly research focusing on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. Through cooperation with other subjects at the university, research centres, and other national and international research milieus, the professor will contribute to a strong multidisciplinary research environment at So¨derto¨rn University. Other duties include teaching, examination and course development at Bachelor’s and Master’s (first and second cycle) levels. Teaching is conducted in Swedish and English.
Duties also include administration, internationalisation and collaboration with the surrounding community. The position includes research-related tasks at 60 per cent of full-time. These are divided between subject development, which includes higher seminars and applications for external funding in partnership with other researchers, and their own research. The position requires a high level of presence and participation in collegial work. The applicant is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within the first two years of employment.

Qualifications You are qualified for employment as a professor of sociology if you have demonstrated research expertise and teaching expertise. Research expertise must be within sociology and in research oriented on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. You must have completed a course in teaching and learning in higher education worth at least 7.5 credits or have the equivalent competence. You must also have the personal skills necessary to do your job well and to represent the university in a way that benefits its activities. For this position, you must be able to teach in English.

Research expertise is demonstrated through high quality scholarly publications of significant scope in the relevant subject area, research funding obtained in competition, the initiation and leadership of research projects, research collaboration, third stream activities, contributions to the development of the subject, and through assignments as an external reviewer, external expert, editor or similar.

Teaching expertise is demonstrated through high quality teaching of considerable scope at first, second and third cycle levels, leading and participating in educational development work, published texts on teaching and learning, a self-reflective approach to students’ learning and experience and their own role as a teacher. It is also demonstrated through establishing links between research and higher education, appointment as a recognised or distinguished university teacher or the equivalent, building up and developing degree programmes, initiatives in educational cooperation, initiatives in third stream activities and the supervision of doctoral students.

Grounds for assessment

The grounds for assessment for appointment as a professor of sociology are the levels of expertise required as qualification for employment.
For this position, research expertise is of more importance than teaching expertise.

The following grounds for assessment have been established for this position (in order of importance): The below items must be documented.

Expertise in developing and leading research projects relevant to sociology Experience of multidisciplinary work Expertise in course development and teaching sociology Experience of international research partnerships Good cooperation skills Administrative skills For complete information about qualifications and the criteria for assessing them, please read Södertörn University’s Appointments Procedure (


The position is full-time and until further notice, starting on 1 June
2021 or as agreed. As men make up the majority of professors working within the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies’
professorship programme, we welcome applicants from the underrepresented gender.


The application deadline is 17 August 2020

Additional information
Mats Bergman, head of school, +46 (0)8 608 4763 Paul Fuehrer, head of department, +46 (0)8 608 4741, Viktor Hasselgren, HR specialist, +46 (0)73 714 1296,

On our website,, there is an application template that the applicant needs to follow. Publications referred to must be attached to the application.

An application that is not complete or arrives at Södertörn University after the closing date may be rejected.

The current employment is valid on condition that the employment decision becomes valid.

Södertörn University may apply CV review.

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