Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Command & Control

The department of leadership and command & control

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 department of Leadership and Command & Control is growing and therefore the Defence University is now looking for a university lecturer in Leadership and Command & Control.

The position is placed at the Department of Leadership and Comman & Control. About 50 teachers and researchers, both civilian and military, work at the department in Stockholm and Karlstad. Education is conducted in Stockholm at undergraduate and advanced level, and the department strives to establish its own doctoral program starting in 2024. There are already doctoral students at the department who have been accepted at other institutions of higher learning.

Description of subject area
Leadership and Command & Control is an interdisciplinary subject that draws on and develops knowledge from behavioral science, social science and design science. The subjects of study are individuals and groups, functions and technical support as well as how they interact in defense, crisis management and security systems. We also study organizations and the conditions they provide for individuals' behavior. The subject enables studies at different analytical levels and the units of analysis can be individuals, organizations and societies. Within the department, there is a particular focus on research within collaboration in the Swedish total defence, management, selection and recruitment, leadership and working conditions, group processes and issues relating to organization. The department's research and education is based on a theoretical foundation and is closely linked to practices within the University of Defence's main area; defence, crisis management and security. In this way, we contribute with relevant research and training for the Swedish total defence system.


The work duties mainly include teaching and supervision at undergraduate and advanced level courses, in both civilian and military education. The position also includes leading and conducting research in the field of Leadership and Command & Control.

The duties also include planning, administration and development of courses and teaching as well as examination and evaluation of education. Research work tasks include planning, conducting and leading research, contributing to research funding and informing nationally and internationally about own research.

Furthermore, collaboration is included in the work, with the aim of ensuring the relevance of the subject nationally and internationally. The department has close contact with several authorities and other actors active in the Swedish total defence and you are expected to contribute to collaboration with these actors. The position may also involve academic positions of trust and management.

The work includes staying up to date and contribute to the development of the subject area, both nationally and internationally, and the societal development in general that is important for the work. As a senior lecturer, you share knowledge and contribute to the Swedish Defence University's professional development, collegial working methods and social community.


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 criteria for the employment of a senior lecturer concern the degree of expertise that is a requirement for eligibility for the position.

The assessment of teaching expertise is given as much care as the assessment of other eligibility criteria. Teaching and research expertise must be documented so that the quality can be assessed.

It is of great importance that the applicant has:

  • Research expertise demonstrated through scientific publications in internationally recognized scientific journals within the subject area (or in other relevant subjects, for example: psychology, human-computer interaction, political science, risk and safety or sociology).
  • Demonstrated ability to independently formulate and solve research problems.
  • Published and been active in, or close to, the international research front.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality education at undergraduate and advanced level.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop education.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply for, and obtain funding and run research projects.

It is also of importance that the applicant has:

  • Knowledge of the Swedish total defence- and crisis preparedness system.
  • Experience of both quantitative and qualitative research.

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 complete the position well.

We are looking for a senior lecturer who wants to be involved in developing and establishing the subject of Leadership and Command & Control in Sweden and internationally, run research projects, build networks and develop the subject's pedagogy. As a person, you have social skills and thrive in the meeting with new people and you are also able to work independently in order to lead research and courses.

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.

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.


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.

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 42/2023.

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 May 21, 2023!


For further information about the position please contact:

Union representatives are Johan Österberg (SACO-S), Anders Oltorp (OFR/O) and Christian Friman (OFR/S-Försvarsförbundet). 

All can be reached by phone 08-553 425 00 (switchboard).

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse.
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number HF/HR 42/2023
Published 03.Apr.2023
Last application date 05.Jul.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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