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Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is University West’s overarching profile and basic principle applied to learning, the exchange of ideas, and educational development. The government has assigned the distinguished task of developing WIL to University West. Work integrated learning in education and research develops new, relevant and advanced knowledge both within the academy and among its partners, which also benefits society in general. University West offers a wide variety of study programs, has a good number of applicants and the students show a high entry rate on the labor market. The main research environments at University West are Production technology, Learning in and for the new working life and Child and youth studies and is conducted in collaboration with the surrounding society. Campus is centrally located in Trollhättan with about 13,000 students and 700 employees.

University West is looking to employ an Associate senior lecturer in Industrial work-integrated learning with focus on HRM, competence development and life-long learning (Biträdande universitetslektor i industriellt arbetsintegrerat lärande)

Subject area:

Industrial work-integrated learning (I-WIL) is a prioritized area within University West. I-WIL were created with aim of reflect the specific challenges and opportunities of the industry sector. I-WIL research are expected to further develop the WIL focus of the University West, regard to research and education. I-WIL is an interdisciplinary subject linked to reference disciplines such as organizational science, business administration, industrial engineering and management, production systems, pedagogy, sociology, media and communication science, work science and Work and Organisational Psychology.

In I-WIL we pay attention to research and education related to knowledge about methods, models and support techniques for the “new” workplaces that are being transformed, for instance under the wave of industry 4.0. Knowledge of how individuals and organizations can learn, collaborate, and make decisions becomes invaluable to efficiently perform in organizations of Industry 4.0 and Production 2030.

This position will be a fundamental part of building I-WIL’s research area (I-WIL). The core of the I-WIL group now consists of 3 professors, 5 associate professors, 8 PhD and 4 PhD students.

The associate senior lecturer's scientific work/role description.

Placement for the employment is at the Department of Social and behavioural studies. The task will consist of research (50%) as well as teaching (in the field of HRM, life-long learning, working environment or other related topics). An important part of the work is to engage in relationship-building activities of I-WIL within university West. You are also expected to become involved in existing industrial partnerships as well become engaged in developing new ones, actively be involved in and take responsibility for research applications and other activities to allocated external funding for research area of I-WIL, as well relevant research projects as well as manage student projects.

The research focus in the advertised position will be oriented towards HRM competence development and life-long learning with particular focus on the formation of new Swedish infrastructure to support competence development in the face of the ongoing industrial transformation. Sustainable development and the challenges of developing functional systems, methods, and strategies in addressing increasing and ever shifting demands for relevant competence and skills. This development has been further accentuated with the new LAS agreement of 2020, where social partners and public authority place the Job Security Councils as agents and commissioners of a new, emerging institutional framework designed to provide competence development, up-skilling, and re-skilling service to workers. The system is designed with the aim to increase opportunities for skills and competence development and is focused on the individual employees' needs and ambitions for strengthened adaptability and increased employability.

As this shift in policy are expected to be up and running 2023, it allows for the study of the implementation process from its start. Thus, the focus for the proposed position will be on following this process and analyse how these policy intentions are translated and mirrored in to functional, organizational practices providing expected services and outcomes of such a processor. This will include describing and analyzing the implications of new and shifting institutional conditions for competence development as well as the consequences of this shift for companies, organizations, and workers. Given the research focus for the proposed position, interest and understanding of theories and perspectives related to socio-technical studies, practice theory and/or institutional theory is welcomed. 


To be qualified for the position as an associated senior lecturer you need to have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved equivalent competence within industrial work-integrated learning or equivalent area. Applicants who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application deadline will be given priority.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English.

  • Good communication skills in Swedish and skill to teach in Swedish.

  • Necessary personal capabilities to fully carry out the duties of the appointment in collaboration with the rest of the group.

The following skills will be considered meritorious:

When assessing skills, abilities consideration is given to the subject area of the employment, subject description and tasks described above.

  • Experience of planning, initiation, management and development of research applications and projects.

  • International contact areas and academic networks.

  • Administrative proficiency, as well as the ability to take responsibility for and undertake teaching in all levels as well as in postgraduate studies about the subject.

  • Degree of skill and experience in developing and leading university activities.

  • Proven ability to collaborate with colleagues and the surrounding community and to inform about research and development work.

  • Scientific skills in the subject field and the ability to develop research- and educational activities in collaboration with colleagues

Assessment criteria

Special importance will be given to scientific skills in the subject filed and the ability to develop research- and education activities in collaboration with colleagues and the surrounding society. In addition, pedagogical skills in the subject field will be assessed. When assessing skills, abilities considerations is given to the subject area of the employment, subject description and tasks described above. 

Terms of employment: 

The position can be held for a maximum of four years. It is expected that an associate senior lecturer applies for a promotion to a senior lecturer. If the candidate is deemed suitable and fulfils the criteria for promotion established by the faculty board, he/she shall be promoted to a senior lecturer. Such a promotion implies a permanent position as a senior lecturer.


In the selection process, interviewing, referencing and trial lectures may be relevant. The applications should be made digitally via our recruitment tool. For information about the design of the application, see guidelines for the employment and promotion of teachers at the University West.

If you have any materials like papers or books that cant be sent in digitally, please contact HR representative listed below. 

We decline any direct contact with the staffing and recruitment companies as well as recruitment

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Trollhättan
County Västra Götalands län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2022/106
  • Lars Walter, lars.walter@hv.se,0520223621
  • Elisabeth Jansson, 0739013375
  • Robert Svedlund (HR), 0701039840
Union representative
  • Magnus Andersson, OFR, 0520-223193
  • Kerstin von Brömssen, SACO-S, 0520-223775
Published 07.Jun.2022
Last application date 31.Jul.2022 11:59 PM CEST