Senior Lecturer in War Studies

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The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) invites applications for a position of Senior Lecturer in War Studies

War Studies is the study of war, warfare and the use of military power. Research within war studies focuses on the nature of war, the utility of military means, the modus operandi of military organisations, and how military force is created, led, organised, and utilised in various types of operations (conventional and non-conventional). War Studies also includes the inner dynamics of military organisations, the officer profession, civil-military relations, total defence, how victory or defeat in battle, campaigns and wars are explained as well as issues relating to gender, peace and security. Read more about War studies at

The position is full-time and will be based at the Strategy section (StratA), Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL) in Stockholm.

The department is the home of five disciplines: International Law; Leadership under Stressful Conditions; War Studies with a focus on military strategy; as well as Political Science with a special focus on security policy, crisis management and international cooperation.

Research at the Strategic Section is especially focused on questions on how to use, create, and control armed forces, including issues of deterrence, the interaction between political goals and military means, civil-military relations, gender, war, and defence planning. Teaching includes, for example, courses on the use of military force, defence planning, civil-military relations and strategy issues in northern Europe.

Professional duties

The position involves research, teaching,  (incl. supervision), as well as administration. 


A person who has proven teaching proficiency and has obtained a PhD, or has equivalent scholarly expertise or similar professional expertise relevant to the particular field and the responsibilities and tasks included in the position, has the qualifications for appointment as a senior lecturer.

If the applicant holds a foreign degree, an assessment will be made regarding its equivalence to a Swedish degree.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a senior lecturer shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research skills.

Special, and equal, emphasis will be placed on the following assessment criteria:  

  • Research proficiency within war studies (or the equivalent), including planning and administration, demonstrated through publications in recognized, relevant international publishing outlets. Quantitative research skills are considered particularly important.
  • Teaching proficiency within war studies (or the equivalent), demonstrated through development, planning and execution of education at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. The teaching experience shall be well documented to enable a quality assessment.
  • Experience of national and international research cooperation, successfully applying for research grants or other scientific awards

Experience as a military officer, or other relevant experience from the defense and security sector is considered a merit.

Applicants must have documented proficiency in teaching in English and Swedish. If the person appointed is not proficient in Swedish at the start of their appointment, they are expected to acquire the necessary language skills during the first two years of employment.

As the Department is striving to achieve a more equal distribution of gender among its teaching staff within the subject area in question, the Department especially invites woman applicants to apply for this position. Where there is an unequal gender balance, the Swedish Defence University can, in the event of equally or nearly equally qualified applicants, choose to accept an applicant of an underrepresented gender.

General requirements for teachers

Civilian and military teachers at the Swedish Defence University must have completed a course in teaching and learning in higher education prior to, or no later than one and a half years after the start of their employment.

The applicant must possess the personal traits necessary to do well in the position.

The position

The appointment is for a permanent full-time position to commence at a date determined in consultation with the applicant.

The Swedish Defence University strives to promote diversity and gender equality within all employment categories. We particularly welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. SEDU also considers it important to provide an inclusive work environment in which employees can combine work commitments with active parenting.


The application must be designed using our template, Template - Application for academic position, available from this link

The application should be written in English as it may be reviewed by international experts.

Applicants shall submit a selection of at the most ten publications for review in support of the application.The publications are attached to the application in the recruitment system.

If the documents relate to monographs that cannot be uploaded, they should be sent by post to the Registrar at the address Försvarshögskolan, Registrator (HR-department), Box 278 05, 115 93 Stockholm.  Mark with ref no HF/HR 93/2020 on the envelope and include your contact details and information about the case and registration number inside.

If the application documents will be supplemented, this must be stated in the application. The applicant may supplement their application within two weeks of the application deadline.

Submit your application via the Swedish Defence University’s recruitment system using the “Logga in och sök jobbet” [Log in to apply for the position] link on the vacancies page. Mark your application with reference number HF/HR 93/2020. To be considered, applications from qualified applicants must be submitted no later than September 4, 2020!


Further information about appointment and position is available from:

  • Head of the Strategy Section, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership, Colonel Carl van Duin,
  • Professor Jan Ångström,
  • HR -generalist Kia Vejdegren,

The unions representatives are Ronnie Hjorth (SACO-S), Anders Oltorp (OFR/O) and Christian Friman (OFR/S-Försvarsförbundet).

Each of these individuals can be reached via +46 (0)8-553 425 00 (switchboard).

We look forward to receiving applications from qualified applicants by September 4, 2020!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Tillträde enligt överenskommelse.
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number HF/HR 93/2020
Published 09.Jul.2020
Last application date 04.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST