One or more Senior Lecturers in Political Science with a specialization in Security Studies

Institutionen för statsvetenskap och juridik

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.

Our work includes research and education on the rules of international humanitarian law, including the right to use military force (ius ad bellum), international humanitarian law aspects of international peace operations, the laws of war (ius in bello), human rights in armed conflict, peace operations and other crisis situations, and accountability issues in international military operations at different levels of conflict and in different contexts.

The international humanitarian law research is an integral part of the overall research body at the Swedish Defence University, which is characterised by diversity and a shared focus on the conditions of crisis and armed conflict. The integration of international humanitarian law research is expressed in interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with researchers from other departments at the Swedish Defence University. In addition, we collaborate with other research institutes and initiatives, both in Sweden and abroad.

Description of subject area

The political science division at the Department of Political Science and Law (ISJ) conducts research and education in the areas of security policy and crisis management. The division of political Science is unique in its special focus on security and crisis management. The subject is at the same time theoretically broad, and draws on a wide range of related fields, such as international relations, political communication, public administration, and political theory as well as drawing inspiration from other research within and outside of political science.
The department's employees mainly teach their own civilian courses and programs, from bachelor's to postgraduate level. They can also contribute with teaching and competence in other civilian and military training. In addition, both grant- and commission-funded research is conducted. This position is placed at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm.


In addition to teaching, research and administrational tasks, the position also involves participation in and further development of the political science research environment. The announced position intends to cover the need for research and education in the field of security studies. Applicants must have a doctorate in political science (or a related subject) and have a theoretical research profile on either/or security policy, great power politics, geostrategic rivalry, narrative and information influence and intelligence studies. The applicant will ideally hold an empirical profile that includes one or more of the following geographical areas:  Sweden, the Nordics, Europe, transatlantic relations, the United States, Russia, China, and East Asia.

General requirements for teachers

A teacher at the Defence University should complete training in higher education teaching, before or at the latest one and a half years after the initiation of employment begun.

The applicant must have the personal qualities required to fulfil the position.

The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in English. If the successful candidate is not proficient in Swedish at the time of employment, he/she is expected to acquire the required language skills during the first three years of employment.


To be eligible for employment as a senior lecturer, the applicant must have demonstrated teaching expertise and have obtained a relevant PhD. For a more detailed description of eligibility requirements, see the University of Defence's employment regulations for teachers.

Assessment criteria

The assessment of teaching expertise is assessed in equal measure with other eligibility criteria. Teaching and research expertise must be documented so that the quality can be assessed.

• Scientific skills are demonstrated through own research, planning and management of research in political science (or equivalent). Of particular merit is research that has theoretically focused on security policy, great power politics, geostrategic rivalry, narrative and information influence and/or intelligence, and has empirically investigated Sweden, the Nordic countries, Europe, transatlantic relations and the United States, Russia, China and East Asia and/or transnational issues and phenomenon. 

• Pedagogical skills are demonstrated through the applicants ability to plan, implement and develop education at a basic and/or advanced level in political science. The pedagogical skill must be documented explicitly so that the quality can also be assessed.


The position is a full-time, permanent position.

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

An employment at the Swedish Defence University may involve a security clearance for placement in a security class. We welcome both Swedish and international applicants.

In case of a lacking gender balance, the Swedish Defence University may, in the event of equal or largely equal qualifications among the applicants, prioritize the person of the underrepresented sex.

Start of position

According to individual agreement.

Salary and benefits

The Swedish Defence University applies individual salary setting.

Benefits for employees at the Swedish Defence University's website.


The application is designed in accordance with our template, Template application for academic position, which can be found on the following page: CV-template

Attach a list of publications and a selection of a maximum of ten publications cited in support of your application.

Cited monographs/books (which are not digital) must be clearly stated in the attached list of publications. The responsible recruitment officer will notify to whom and where you submit these. Try to upload all your documents digitally for the convenience of the reviewing subject experts.

The application is submitted via the Swedish Defence University's recruitment system by clicking on the link "Log in and apply for the job" on the advertising page. Mark your application with reference number HF/HR 143/2023.

The complete application must be received by the Swedish Defence University no later than the last day of application at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Welcome to submit your application by no later than September 15.


For further information about the position please contact:

Head of Department, Professor Ronnie Hjorth,

Deputy Head of Department, Professor Linus Hagström,

To get in contact with union representatives please send an e-mail to, OFR/ and OFR/

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

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Snarast eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Individuell lön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number HF/HR 143/2023
Union representative
  • SACO,
  • OFR/O, OFR/
  • OFR/S, OFR/
Published 12.Jun.2023
Last application date 15.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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