Acting lecturer (vikarierande lektor)

  • Open recruitment. (PhD is a requirement)
  • Temporary contract 6-12 months (possible prolongation max two years).
  • Demand on Authenticity (Äkthetskrav): Acting lecture must replace a senior lecture
  • Teaching 70%, research 30%
  • Encouraged to apply for research grants (min 2 years external funding to be employed as researcher with contract of an indefinite duration) (see below under “Externally funded researcher...”)

Postdoc positions

  • Temporary contracts: max two years
  • Teaching/ administrative work max 20%, research 80%
  • Doctoral exam, the last three years
  • Prolongation for parental leave, sick leave
  • Encouraged to apply for research grants (min 2 years external funding to be employed as researcher with contract of an indefinite duration) (see below under “Externally funded researcher...”).

PhD students

  • Four years employment
  • One-year possible prolongation if the student teach or do department work on 20% of their time
  • Last year as PhD student, plan ahead! PhD Students are entitled to advice from their supervisor
  • Apply for post doc positions, research grants, positions as acting lecture, associate senior lectureships (bitr.lektorat), jobs outside academia etc.


After dissertation

  • If employed as externally funded researcher, new salary paid the month after applying for PhD diploma (doktorsexamen)
  • Min 2 years funding to be employed as researcher with contract of an indefinite duration (tillsvidareanställd) (see below).

Externally funded researchers with contracts of an indefinite duration (tillsvidareanställda forskare)

A contract of an indefinite duration (tillsvidareanställda forskare) is legally equivalent to a permanent position. However, researchers holding these positions are dependent on external funding covering at least 75-80 percent of their total wage cost (incl. OH-costs), i.e. the department can only cover 20-25 percent in exchange for teaching, supervision, and administrative work. This in turn means that also employees with a permanent contract can after negotiations with the union be dismissed due to shortage of work or funding.

If a permanent position is terminated because of shortage of funding, the researcher will get notice up to 14 months before research funding runs out. The length of the notice period depends on years in state employment including years as phd student (see Table below). The fully paid notice period with an obligation to work begins when the employee is laid off.

A dismissed researcher is entitled to apply for funding during the notice period. And if the researcher receives external funding for min. two years she/he will be re-employed by the department. For more detailed information about the notice process, please see this link (unfortunately only in Swedish).

A shorter but less detailed info in English is available here

Notice period

Employment time Notice period
< 1 year 1 month
1 year 2 months
> 1 year, shorter than 2 years 4 months
at least 2 years, shorter than 3 years 5 months
at least 3 years, shorter than 6 years 6 months
at least 6 years, shorter than 8 years 8 months
at least 8 years, shorter than 10 years 10 months
at least 10 years – 12 months