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Call - Professor in Sociology with a Specialization in Social Policy, SOFI (Stockholm Univ)

Professor in Sociology with a specialization in social policy, SOFI, Stockholm University, Sweden at The Swedish I nstitute for Social Research (SOFI).
For detailed information see

Ref. No. SU FV-1437-16

Sociology with a specialization in social policy.

Subject description

Quantitative research on social policy focuses on how social policy institutions and other phenomena at the structural level jointly impact on risks for and consequences of social exclusion, unemployment and poverty in particular.

Main responsibilities

The main work tasks include research and management of research congruent with the subject description, including supervision of post-graduate students and being active in securing external research funding. Included is also continuous involvement in administration and human resource management within the subject description of the institute, participation in the steering group of the institute, and, periodically, directorship of the whole institute. Active participation in teaching at master and doctoral levels in sociology at the University, including course leadership, is also included in the work tasks.

Qualification requirements
A person who is qualified to be employed as a professor will have demonstrated both research and teaching skills. Research expertise should have been demonstrated through independent research that significantly exceeds the requirements for qualification as an Associate Professor, both in terms of quality and quantity. Significance is also attached to the planning and coordination of research. Teaching proficiency should have been demonstrated through teaching at undergraduate, master´s and doctoral levels. The assessment of teaching skills should cover the planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching, as well as supervision and examination. Teaching proficiency should be well documented and in a manner that makes it possible to assess the quality of the teaching activities. The applicant must have the ability to cooperate with colleagues and be in possession of other abilities that are required in order successfully to meet the demands of the position.

Assessment criteria
Special emphasis will be placed on research skills, demonstrated by an outstanding publication record, foremost but not exclusively international. Special emphasis will be placed on teaching skills, demonstrated by teaching at different levels.
Special emphasis will also be placed on the following:
- Successful research supervision demonstrated through active guidance of at least one student to a completed PhD degree.
- Documented ability to cooperate well with colleagues and fellow researchers.
- Experience of quantitative research within the subject area.

Emphasis is placed onadministrative skills and proven collaboration with the surrounding society and dissemination of research and development findings.

Emphasis is placed on having successfully planned, applied for and obtained research project funds from external research funding bodies.

The following is a merit:
- Completion of at least 15 higher education credits in teaching and learning in higher education, or to have otherwise acquired the equivalent knowledge.
- Completed training in research supervision.

Additional information

The Faculty of Social Sciences strives for a gender balance and women are therefore encouraged to apply for this position. An applicant who does not have at least 15 higher education credits in teaching and learning in higher education and research supervisor training, and is not deemed to have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge, must complete such training within the first two years of employment. We prefer your application to be written in English since it will be reviewed by international experts, with English being the working language. Proficiency in Swedish is not a requirement for the position, but the applicant has to be ready to take on administrative and pedagogical tasks that demand an understanding and usage of Swedish after two years of employment.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Professor Sten-Åke Stenberg, telephone: +46 8 16 26 55,

For questions regarding the application process, please contact administrator Kristina Löfstedt, telephone: +46 8 16 33 02,

Union representatives

Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST),
telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. 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. We would appreciate it if your application is written in English. Since it will be examined by international experts, English is the working language. The University’s rules of employment and instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

Closing date: 28/02/2017

[ Informação VAN METER Karl, Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique ]