One or more senior lecturers in War Studies

The Department of War Studies and Military History

The Swedish Defence University is an internationally renowned university in the area of defence, crisis management and security. We offer a unique academic environment where military and civilian researchers, teachers and students interact. We educate and train top-level executives, experts, and researchers for the task of analyzing and managing current and future crises, security issues and conflicts. The university educates all military officers in the Swedish armed forces and leads the academic progression of the military profession. We conduct research in the areas of Law with a focus on International and Operational Law, Leadership and Command & Control, Military History, Political Science, Systems Science for Defence and Security and War Studies.

The Swedish Defence University is now seeking (a) Senior Lecturer(s) in War Studies to be based at the Department of War Studies and Military History (IKVM) in Stockholm. The department is involved in teaching and research in the field of war studies, and the instructors teach at all levels (including doctoral level) in both civilian and military programs. 


The responsibilities include leading, planning, and conducting research in the subject of War Studies. Additionally, the position involves applying for research funding, contributing to pedagogical development, as well as fostering collaboration and developing contacts with the Armed Forces and the surrounding community.

The work also includes teaching, in Swedish and English, at undergraduate, advanced, and doctoral levels, as well as supervising students and doctoral candidates in various programs offered by the department. The position also entails course design, course coordination, examination, course administration, and academic committee assignments.

As a senior lecturer in War Studies, you will monitor and contribute to the development of the field, both nationally and internationally, as well as the societal developments that are relevant to the position. You will also share knowledge and contribute to the professional development, collegial work practices, and social community at the Swedish Defence University.


To be eligible for employment as a senior lecturer, the candidate must demonstrate pedagogical skills and hold a doctoral degree or possess equivalent scientific competence or other professional skills that are relevant to the subject matter and the duties of the position. For a more detailed description of the eligibility requirements, please refer to the Swedish Defence University's employment regulations for faculty members link.

Assessment Criteria

In the assessment of a senior lecturer appointment, the degree of expertise required for eligibility shall be considered. The evaluation of pedagogical skills shall be given equal attention as the evaluation of other eligibility criteria.

It is of utmost importance that the applicant has:

  • Documented scientific proficiency, demonstrated through the ability to conduct independent research of high quality within the field of War Studies (including planning and leadership) or equivalent areas relevant to the field.  This should be evidenced by publications in reputable international journals and publishers. Demonstrated skill in researching tactics i.e. how military forces are used in battle is meritorious.
  • Pedagogical skills, demonstrated through teaching, planning, and implementation of education at the university level. The pedagogical skills should be carefully documented, so that also the quality can be assessed. Demonstrated skill in teaching quantitative methods is meritorious.

It is of high importance that the applicant has:

  • Demonstrated ability to apply for and obtain funds for research funding.
  • Experience of national and international academic collaborations in research projects.
  • Documented experience in higher education administrative tasks.

It is advantageous to have an officer background or other relevant experience from the defence or security sector.

General requirements for teachers

A teacher, civilian or military, at the Swedish Defence University must have completed higher pedagogical training with an approved results before, or at least one and a half years after, the employment began.

The applicant must have the personal qualities required to do the job well.

The applicant must have the ability to teach in English and understand, write and speak Swedish at least at B1 level (European scale), which entails sufficient listening and reading comprehension to participate in and contribute to meetings and other activities. If the applicant is not proficient in Swedish at the time of employment, he/she is expected to obtain the required language skills during the first three years of employment.

In cases where there is an uneven gender balance, the Swedish Defence University may, if the applicants’ qualifications are equal or largely equal, prioritize the applicant of the underrepresented gender. As the Department strives for a more even gender distribution within War Studies, the University welcomes women as applicants for this position.

About the position

The appointment as senior lecturer is a full-time permanent position.

This appointment is governed by the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) and the Swedish Defence University's employment regulations.

To access information about eligibility, assessment criteria, application procedures, and other important information regarding faculty positions at the Swedish Defence University, please visit the following link.

An employment at the Swedish Defence University may require a security clearance for placement in a security class, which includes a security interview and, in some cases, a background check by the Swedish Security Service. The Swedish Defence University will be operating in a state of war, which means that you should be prepared to be deployed to the institution during times of conflict. If you are already deployed in your current position at an agency and your expertise is needed in the Swedish Defence University's war organization, negotiations will take place between the relevant agency and the Swedish Defence University to determine your placement.

We welcome applications from both Swedish and international candidates.

Starting date

According to agreement.

Salary and benefits

Salaries are set individually at the University.

Information about benefits for employees at the Swedish Defence University can be found here .


The application is preferably written in English, as it may be reviewed by international experts whose working language is English. Structure the application in accordance with the University’s template for hiring of teachers link.

Attach a list of publications as well as a selection of no more than ten publications cited in support of the application.

Cited monographs/books (not digital) must be clearly stated in the attached list of publications. The responsible recruitment-officer will inform the applicant to whom the material should be sent.

The application is submitted via the Swedish Defence University’s recruitment system by clicking on the link "Log in and apply for the position” on the advertisement page. Label your application with reference number HFHR 167/2023.

A complete application must be available to the University no later than midnight CET/CEST (CentralEuropean Time/Central European Summer Time), on the last day of application.

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


For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Professor Annick Wibben,
  • HR partner Camilla Sävmarker,

Welcome to apply, no later than September 15th, 2023!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Efter överenskommelse
Salary Individuell
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number HF/HR 167/2023
Union representative
  • OFR/O, OFR/
  • SACO,
  • OFR/S, OFR/
Published 29.Jun.2023
Last application date 15.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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