Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer interaction

Uppsala University Department of Informatics and Media


Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer interaction

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Informatics and Media is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University. The department conducts research and education within the fields of information systems, human-computer interaction (HCI) and media and communication studies. The HCI research at the department includes two main specializations: 1) Interaction design with focus on embodied interaction; and 2) Cross-media social interaction from a post digital perspective, for example studies of everyday technology with a critical and gender theoretical focus.

The teaching in HCI is conducted within the bachelor programmes in Information systems (180 hp) and Bachelor's Programme in Media, Communication and Journalism Studies (180 hp) and on advanced level within the master programmes in HCI and MCIT (Master's Programme in Management, Communication and IT)

Duties: The position includes teaching, examination, research and administration. Included within the area of teaching is planning and execution of courses, course responsibility, course administration, course development and supervision for the HCI courses within the above mentioned programmes. The employee is expected to actively search for external research funding and to follow the developments within the subject area and the developments in wider community that are significant for the work at the university. The HCI research is often practically focused and conducted within collaboration with different actors of the society.

Eligibility: To be eligible for appointment as senior lecturer, the applicant must hold a Ph.D. or possess equivalent scholarly competence. Further on, the applicant must have demonstrated teaching expertise and a general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must have the personal characteristics required to perform the duties of the post well.

It is required that the pedagogical, research and professional expertise is relevant for the positions subject content and the duties included in the employment.

Documented ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement. An applicant who is proficient in only one of these languages at the time of appointment is expected to be able to teach in the other language within two years.

Assessment: Equal importance will be given to teaching and research skills in the assessment of applicants.

In assessing research expertise research quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, will also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop research and education at the postgraduate level, the ability to acquire funding for research in competition, as well as the demonstrated capacity to interact with others both within academia and in the wider community. Experience of research in collaboration with commerce and industry as well as society will be particularly meritorious

Pedagogic proficiency will be assessed as carefully as scientific proficiency. Pedagogical skills should be well documented so that the quality can be assessed. Particular emphasis will be placed on experience of teaching quantitative methods. In assessing teaching expertise teaching quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching in respect to research in the subject at hand, subject didactics, as well as teaching and learning in higher education. The ability to interact concerning issues of teaching and learning in higher education with actors inside and outside the University is also included in teaching expertise.

Assessment, other skills: Administrative and management skills are important for this position and will be afforded great weight.

Administrative expertise is demonstrated, for example, through the capacity to plan, organize, and prioritize work in an efficient and task-related manner as well as through the ability to assign and observe time frames. Expertise includes overall operational planning and the capacity to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities as well as the ability to work in a structured manner based on an awareness of goals and quality.

Management skills are demonstrated through the capacity to lead operations and personnel, make decisions, take responsibility, and motivate others, providing them with what is needed for the efficient achievement of common goals. The abilities to coordinate the group and help create a sense of involvement, participation, and enjoyment in work and to deal with conflicts constitute further examples of demonstrated expertise. 

Personal circumstances that may be of relevance in merit evaluation, for example parental leave, should be mentioned in the list of qualifications (CV).

When the University appoints new teachers those applicants must be selected who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.

The Recruitment Committee may in this recruitment come to use interviews, trial-lectures and referrals. The applicant should therefore submit a list of referees with insight into the applicant’s professional skill as well as personal qualities that may be of relevance for the position, e.g. ability to cooperate, ability to lead and working methods.

How to apply: A full application is submitted to Uppsala University's application system. The application shall include:

  • Letter of application including list of appendices
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Account of academic qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Account of teaching qualifications
  • Account of other qualifications
  • Academic works and any educational works being brought to bear
  • A clear account of the extent of the applicant´s teaching experience, specified in number of hours
  • List of references

Instructions for application

It is important for applicants to follow the instructions as closely as possible.

Please note that any academic work not submitted electronically are to be submitted in triplicate in paper form to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Box 256, S-751 05 Uppsala. Please, mark the package with ref. no. UFV-PA 2020/1513. 

For more information please see:

Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University

Complementary Guidelines for the University's Appointment Regulations

Salary: According to individual qualifications.

Starting date: 2021-01-01 or according to agreement.

Type of employment: Permanent full-time position, probationary period may be applied.

Scope of employment: 100%

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Annika Waern, phone +46 18 471 51 45 and The Head of Department at the Department of Informatics and Media, FD Jenny Eriksson Lundström, phone: +46 18 471 51 63.

For information about the process please contact: Veronika Bratt, +46 18 471 48 78,

Please submit your application no later than June 18 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1513. 

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Informatics and Media

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: According to individual qualifications

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1513

Last application date: 2020-06-18

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