Professor in War Studies

Institutionen för krigsvetenskap och militärhistoria

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 hiring a Professor of War Studies at the Department of War Studies and Military History in Stockholm, Sweden. War Studies is a social science, and its central study object is war and the use of force. The discipline contains research on how military capability is created, led, organized, maintained over time and comes into effect in operations, in wars, conflicts and crises. War Studies also includes social and ethical aspects as well as critical perspectives in relation to war and warfare. The discipline has both a general theoretical and knowledge-based dimension, as well as a practical and applied dimension linked primarily to the education of officers. The Swedish Defence University is the only university in Sweden where the discipline is taught.


The professorship, through the research and teaching at all levels, contributes to the development of war studies in collaboration with other professors in the subject. Duties include leading, planning and conducting research in the subject, teaching (including course management) in Swedish and English in the department's various programmes, including officer education, postgraduate education and supervising doctoral students. As a professor, you will also contribute to the subject by applying for and obtaining external research funding, presenting your research nationally and internationally, and supporting the professional development, collegial work environment and social community of the Swedish Defence University. As professor, you have administrative management and trust duties, and are expected to maintain contact with the larger society.


In order to be eligible for appointment to the position of professor you must have verified skills in research, teaching and management. Scientific excellence is required and must be demonstrated through independent research that significantly exceeds, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the level of an associate professor/docent. You will also have demonstrated a good ability to create, develop and lead high-quality research. Pedagogical competence must be demonstrated by a good ability to develop and implement high-quality teaching, including supervision, at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. The candidate should also demonstrate their ability to conduct pedagogical development, course development and the development of new higher education courses based on relevant research.

For a more detailed description of eligibility requirements, see the Swedish Defence University's employment regulations for teachers (in Swedish) HERE.

Assessment criteria

Teaching and research skills are given equal weight in the assessment process, followed by other skills. Management skills must be verified through the ability to manage activities and staff, make decisions and take responsibility.

It is of highest importance that the applicant has:

  • Documented research excellence through publications in the subject of war studies, in highly ranked international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Documented ability to plan, conduct and evaluate education in war studies or related subjects, at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, including a demonstrated ability to supervise Ph.D. students.

It is very important that the candidate has:

  • Documented management skills, particularly regarding the creation, management and development of high quality research and research environments;
  • documented experience in applying for and obtaining external research funding;
  • Documented ability to interact with the society by communicating research and development work;
  • documented experience in the defence or security sector, e.g. as an officer, analyst or subject matter expert.

General teacher requirements

All teachers, civilian or military, at the Swedish Defence University must have successfully completed higher education teacher training before or no later than 18 months years after starting their employment.

The applicant must have the personal qualities required to successfully hold the position.

The applicant must be able to teach in English and understand, write and speak Swedish at least at B1 level (CEFR-scale). If a successful candidate does not yet demonstrate the stipulated proficiency level in Swedish at the time of recruitment, they are expected to acquire such language skills during the first two years of employment.

The Department aims to achieve a more balanced gender distribution in the field of war studies, and the Swedish Defence University therefore welcomes female applicants for this position. In cases where there is a gender imbalance, the Swedish Defence University may employ a person from the under-represented gender if the applicants’ qualifications are equal or more or less equal.

About the position

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

Employment at the Swedish Defence University may require security clearance for placement in security class. Both Swedish and international applicants are welcome.  

[You can find more information about the qualifications, assessment criteria, application procedure and other important information about teaching positions at the Swedish Defence University HERE].

Starting date per agreement. 

Salary and benefits The Swedish National Defence University applies a policy of individually negotiated salary.

Employee benefits at the Swedish National Defence University can be found HERE.


It is preferable that you submit your application in English, as it may be reviewed by international experts. Please prepare your application according to the SEDU Resume Template for Teacher Recruitment TEMPLATE.

Attach a list of publications and a selection of no more than ten (10) publications in support of your application.

Monographs/books (not digital) must be clearly indicated in the attached publication list. The recruitment officer will inform you to whom and where to send them.

Submit your application via the Swedish Defence University's recruitment system by clicking on the link "Log in and apply for the job" on the advertisement page. Please mark your application with the reference HFHR 258/2022.

The complete application must be received by the Swedish Defence University by midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time) on the closing date.


For further information about the position, please contact:

The union representatives are Ronnie Hjorth (SACO-S), Anders Oltorp (OFR/O) and Christian Friman (OFR/S-Försvarsförbundet). Everbody can be reached by phone +46 (0)8-553 425 00 (switchboard).

Welcome with your application no later than the 31st of January 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 258/2022
Published 28.Nov.2022
Last application date 24.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET