Senior Lecturer in Communication

Ref PAR 2022/392

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About the department

At the Department of Applied Information Technology, critical and interdisciplinary research is conducted in an international environment of the highest quality with great relevance to the surrounding society. Our researchers are in the midst of the debate to help explain and problematize IT- and society-related challenges linked to the digitalization of society.

We develop the individual’s knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle various aspects of IT as well as the interaction between human and technology in areas such as human-computer interaction, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, digital innovation, e-Health, mobile communication, robots, social media and IT in schools and teaching.

We provide education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level anchored in research and the development of society.

The department is located at the knowledge-intensive Lindholmen, and has a well-developed collaboration with both business and public sector as well as the civil society.

About the division of cognition and communication

The Division conducts broad research related to human cognition, interaction and communication in order to explore society’s digitalization and social and cognitive conditions, at the individual, group and organizational levels.

Research in the Division focusing on communication falls broadly into two areas: digital communication, concerning both how digitality affects communication and how digital technologies can be used to study communication, and organizational communication, focusing on issues of, approaches to, and challenges facing communication within organizations, and between organizations and external stakeholders.

Research in cognitive science is mainly carried out in the areas of artificial intelligence and psychology. Topics include: machine learning, neuro-computational modelling, the role of emotion in multimodal interactions, human–technology interactions (with a focus on robotics and gamification), memory of fictional information, psychology of influence, and decision support systems.

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Subject area


Subject area description

The topic of communication focuses on understanding various forms of communication in different contexts. Communication is an interdisciplinary area at the intersection of social sciences, humanities and technology.

Job assignments

This position of senior lecturer includes teaching and skills development, with the aim that the teaching will be research connected. In this position you are expected to:

  • Teach courses in the international Master’s in Communication programme (which is taught entirely in English).
  • Ensure that your teaching efforts are based on research-related competence.
  • Prepare and deliver entire courses or parts of courses and be able to take on course responsibilities.
  • Grade examination assignments.
  • Supervise master’s theses widely across the field of communication.

Other administrative tasks related to the position might be relevant.


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in chapter 4, sections 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s employment procedure. Qualifying to be employed is the one who has demonstrated educational skill, has obtained a doctorate communication (or a closely related field) or has equivalent scientific competence or any other skill that is important in the view of the content of the employment and the duties that are to be included.


In the appointment, special emphasis will be placed on the degree of scientific- and teaching aptitude, which will be assessed with equal importance.

Scientific proficiency must be documented through international scientific publication in the field of Communication. The candidate must have published within the field of digital rhetorical communication and/or the field of interpersonal communication. Assessment of scientific proficiency includes the ability to independently plan, initiate and conduct research, the ability to collaborate in development and research as well as contribute to a research environment and the international scientific community. Successful work on obtaining external funds is a merit.

When assessing pedagogical skills, special emphasis is placed on work with teaching on communication and related areas. The candidate must have documented experience of successful research and teaching/documented competence to teach in rhetorical communication in digital contexts and in various areas of interpersonal communication. In addition, documented experience of successful supervision at master’s level is considered meritorious, as is the ability to contribute to teaching in the following areas: digital approaches and technology to study communication, including of embodied communication, by means of programming and coding, research methods and theories in the field of communication. Assessment of pedagogical skills will include the candidates experience of planning, implementation, management, evaluation, supervision and examination, as well as course development and development of educational materials and similar educational activities. Both pedagogical and educational skills and experience must be well documented so that quality also can be assessed.

Formal training in higher education teaching or equivalent is a merit. 

Documented ability and skill to collaborate with others and to lead and administer teaching and research, and to inform, to cooperate with the surrounding community and to work for the utilization of the university’s research will be deemed meriting.

We are looking for a self-motivated, flexible, structured and creative person with good collaboration and relationship-building skills and good analytical ability.

Applicants should be fluent in English. Research seminars and discussions are usually conducted in English.

The university will through this recruitment make a holistic assessment of aptitude and skills and select the applicant which is deemed to have the best pre-requisites to conduct and develop current tasks of the position, interact and collaborate with other staff, as well as contributing to a positive development of the Division and Department.


The position is a fixed-term employment (general fixed-term employment) of 100 % of fulltime for 11 months, with placement at The Department of Applied Information Technology, The Division of Cognition and Communication.
Start date 15th of August or according to agreement.

Appointment procedure

The selection, interview and assessment will be undertaken by a local recruiting group.
Interviews may take place throughout the application period.

For further information:

– Regarding the position please contact Ben Clarke, Head of division: +46 766 – 18 35 39
– Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Emil Fägerwall Tawfik, Human Resources Officer, +46 31 786 29 04 


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system, start by clicking the button “Apply”. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

The application is to be written in English.

The following documents are to be attached:

  • Resume / CV and data
  • Degrees and diplomas, certificates or other documents
  • Letter of intent of maximum one A4 page, where you state what you want to work with if you are offered the employment
  • Presentation of scientific merits containing a list of the (maximum) 10 scientific papers cited, justification for the selection and concise statement of its own scientific activities.
  • Presentation of educational credentials containing educational training, a list of the (maximum) 10 pedagogic / teaching materials cited and concise statement of educational activities and reflection. Qualitative reviews, course evaluations or equivalent should be included or referenced in the appendices.
  • Summary of leadership and administrative qualifications and cooperation merits
  • References

Closing date: 19th of May 2022

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.