Professor of social work

Växjö (SE)
17 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor of social work

Reference number: 2016/3970-2.2.1

Welcome to Linnaeus University! A place for knowledge, ideas and development. For growth potential and a belief in the future. In Småland and in the world.

We welcome you to apply who want to assume a leading position in the work towards the objective to strengthen the research basis and to develop a strong research environment at the department of social work at Linnaeus University. As a professor working with us, you will be an important person for the different parts of our activities; teaching, research and collaboration with the surrounding society. The objective is, with the researchers and teachers at the department as starting point, to carry out strong research within a number of prioritised fields within social work.

The department of social work has its organisational belonging at the faculty of social sciences at Linnaeus University. Activities are carried out at both campus Kalmar and Växjö. We offer courses and programmes in social work on first-, second- and third-cycle level. The social work study programme has one of the highest numbers of applicants per place of all programmes at Linnaeus University. The research being carried out primarily focuses on areas dealing with living conditions of children and youth, elderly people and welfare research from national and international perspectives, as well as migration research. We are now looking for a professor of social work. Preferably within one of the research fields stated above, but also other specialisations are welcome.

Field of subject for the appointment: Social work

Placement city: Växjö but with activities carried out at both campus Kalmar and Växjö.

Scope of appointment: Full-time

Job description:

  • To work with the development of the field of subject as a whole, both nationally and internationally.
  • To initiate and lead research and development work within the field of subject, in particular contribute to the strengthening of the department's research environments.
  • To contribute to increased external funding and participate in the department's internationalisation work within the subject.
  • To plan and lead the development of the department's third-cycle education within the field of subject.
  • To teach, supervise and examine within third-cycle education.
  • To teach and examine on courses and programmes at first- and second-cycle level within the field of subject.
  • To collaborate in education, research and development programmes with other departments at Linnaeus University and with other higher education institutions/universities, both nationally and internationally, as well as with R&D units.
  • To follow societal development of significance to the field of subject and participate in and initiate collaboration with other organisations outside the academic world.


Qualified to be appointed professor is a person who has demonstrated both scientific and pedagogical skills. (HF 4, chapter, section 3)

In order to be appointed professor – in accordance with the appointment procedures at Linnaeus University – a person must have demonstrated scientific skills through independent, active research in accordance with current national standards, both qualitatively and quantitatively and at a level considerably exceeding that required of an associate professor.

The requirements for scientific skills also comprise requirements for demonstrated skills regarding planning and management of research. This includes management of research work in which other researchers who have defended their theses take part as well as supervision of doctoral students.

Pedagogical skills should have been demonstrated through teaching on first-, second- and third-cycle levels. This includes planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching as well as supervision and examination.

Assessment grounds

As assessment grounds for appointment as professor, the level of skills considered a requirement to be qualified for the appointment is to apply. The trial of the pedagogical skills is to be given as great importance as the trial of the scientific skills.

Meriting is the level of:

  • documented scientific skills through both width an depth through one's own research, success with applications for external funding and a strong standing in the international scientific community
  • documented experience of supervision and examination at third-cycle level
  • documented pedagogical skills through successful research basis in education at first- and second-cycle level
  • documented administrative skills and ability to lead activities and to organise and lead research projects and research groups within the subject at an overall level
  • documented good collaboration skills and ability to contribute to a good working environment

When the university is to appoint new teachers, the applicants are to be selected who, through a qualitative assessment of the whole picture regarding competence and skills, are considered to have the best qualifications for the implementation and development of the tasks in question, and for contributing to a successful development of the activities.


Head of department: Helene Jacobson Pettersson, phone: +46470-70 69 68, Email:

Professsor: Verner Denvall, department of social work, phone: +46470-70 75 23, Email:

Human resources consultant: Madeleine Sjöstedt, phone: +46480 -44 6078, Email:

Last day to apply is January 15, 2017.

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.