Senior Lecturer in Public Administration
University of Gothenburg School of Public Administration

Senior Lecturer in Public Administration Focusing on Management Accounting

Ref PAR 2020/1376


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Subject area

Public administration

Subject area description

The School of Public Administration provides education, research and collaboration within the field of public administration. It offers programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as commissioned courses and doctoral studies. Programmes in the multi-disciplinary subject of public administration focus on politics, democracy and administration; public finance; organisation, management and society, as well as legal perspectives on public administration. The School of Public Administration is also responsible for courses in the preschool- and head teacher training programmes. The research focuses on public administration, its function and social context. Overall research fields currently include municipal politics and democracy, scrutiny of public policies and activities, Public Management, public law, governance of schools and preschools as well as sustainable urban development.

Research and teaching within the field of management accounting includes the study of implementation and use of management accounting models, cost management, financial- and performance-oriented evaluation, accountability, accounting roles and functions, as well as the interaction between finances and operations.

Job assignments

Job assignments comprise:

  • Teaching on the School of Public Administration's courses in public administration, particularly those that focus on management accounting. The teaching can include elements of calculation. The courses are taught in Swedish.
  • Research in public administration, particularly those focused on management accounting. The proportion of research and teaching respectively is regulated individually based on local employment policy. Applications for external research funding are encouraged.
  • Collaboration with the surrounding community, including commissioned programmes which address management accounting.
  • Active participation in the development of the department's activities in Gothenburg.
  • Departmental administration and managerial tasks may arise when needed.


Candidates eligible for employment as senior lecturer in public administration will have completed a doctoral exam in public administration, or in another discipline relevant to the position, and also have proven teaching expertise.

Eligibility for employment as a teacher is set out in chapter 4, sections 3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance, as well as in the Faculty of Social Science's application of the Employment Arrangements for employing teaching staff at the University of Gothenburg. This is available on the Faculty's website

The ability to teach in Swedish is a prerequisite for the position.


When selecting qualified applicants, the applicant will be selected who, after an overall assessment of expertise and development potential, is deemed to have the best prerequisites to execute and develop the job assignments described above. Equal weight will be given in the assessment to scientific and pedagogical expertise.

When assessing scientific expertise, particular importance will be placed on research qualifications. Eligible candidates will have documented research qualifications within public administration, or alternatively business administration (or equivalent). Research focusing on management accounting is of particular benefit, with research focused on the public sector a further benefit. All high-quality academic publications are beneficial, both publications in Swedish and in international journals. It is also a merit to have obtained external research funding.

When assessing pedagogical expertise, particular importance will be placed on teaching qualifications. Eligible candidates will have documented teaching qualifications within public administration, or alternatively business administration (or equivalent). Teaching focused on management accounting is of particular benefit, with teaching focused on the public sector a further benefit. Experience of teaching calculation and quantitative methods is a benefit, but not a requirement. Experience and expertise within academic teaching and supervision must be well documented and verified. Production of teaching materials, development of courses or teaching elements is a merit.

Participation in commissioned courses as well as implementation of qualified auditing assignments within public activities is particularly beneficial in relation to the University’s collaboration remit with the surrounding community. Networking activities aimed at public administrations and documented capacity to communicate information about research is a merit.

Degree of administrative proficiency as well as ability to develop and lead activities and staff at the School are also taken into account. In addition, personal suitability, along with intention and prerequisites to actively participate in the School of Public Administration's academic environment in Gothenburg, will be given particular consideration.

Applicants should also have completed a course in teaching and learning in higher education of 15 higher education credits, or alternatively completed it within one year of being employed.


One or multiple.

The employment is a permanent, full-time position based at the School of Public Administration.

Appointment procedure

The selection process may involve trial lectures, interviews and references. The applicant will be given the opportunity in the interviews to describe and develop his or her own view of teaching, research and collaboration within the field of public administration focusing on management accounting, as well as his or her forthcoming role at the department. These elements will, where appropriate, also constitute the basis for the assessment.

For further information:

Further information about the position is provided by the department's head of department, Björn Rombach, on telephone 46 (0)31 - 786 1610

Questions about the employment procedure can be put to Maria Utterhall, HR officer,, +46 (0)31-786 2966


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to:

School of Public Administration, Box 712, 405 30 Gothenburg

The following shall be appended to the application:

  • Personal letter justifying why you are applying for the position
  • CV
  • Academic qualifications incl. list of publications, a maximum of 10 academic journals can be cited
  • Teaching qualifications shall include details of scope and type of teaching as well as reports of quality; a maximum of 10 items of teaching material can be cited
  • Certification of employment
  • Other documents that you wish to cite as an applicant
  • Two references with contact details

Closing date: 2021-03-04

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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