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The vision of the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science is to be a strong, socially engaged department contributing to healthy and sustainable lifestyle, performance and learning by combining food and nutrition science and sport science in eminent education and research. We are the only university Department in Sweden hosting both Food and Nutrition Science and Sport Science at the same Department. This gives us unique possibilities to combine these subjects in research and education. Sport science is an interdisciplinary subject focusing on sport, exercise and physical activity.  For more information about the Department:

Subject area

Sport science with focus on behavioral science

Subject area description

The interdisciplinary subject sport science focuses on sport, exercise and physical activity.  Sport science includes studies of the human body and the individual performing sport and physical activity, the development of sport culture in society and sport as a collective concept for elite- and recreational sport as well as outdoor life. Within sport science, basic knowledge about human psychology and human behavior is crucial to understand how successful sustainable health promotive behavioral changes can be achieved.

Job assignments

This position of senior lecturer includes teaching and skills development, with the aim that the teaching will be research connected. In this position you are expected to:

  • Teach courses in both Swedish and English in behavioral science (both theory and practice) in all sport science educations at the Department (teacher education focusing on physical education and health, health promotion and sports coaching).
  • Develop, prepare and deliver entire courses or parts of courses and be able to take on course responsibilities.
  • Grade examination assignments.
  • Supervise theses at first, second and third cycle.
  • Manage research within the subject area including applying for external research grants


The eligibility for employment as a teacher is stated in chapter 4, sections 3–4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s employment procedure.

Those who qualify to be employed will have demonstrated educational skill, have a doctoral degree in a relevant subject or corresponding scientific competence or any other skill of importance in the context of the content of the employment and the duties that are to be included.


In making the appointment, special emphasis will be placed on the degree of scientific and teaching ability, which will be accorded equal importance in the assessment process.

Scientific proficiency must be documented through international scientific publications in the subject area. Documented experience of research within behavioral change within sport science is required. Publications where sport science are combined with food and nutrition is a merit. Successful work in obtaining external funding is a merit.

When assessing pedagogical skills, special emphasis is placed on teaching sport science with focus on behavioral science at university level. Assessment of pedagogical skills will include the candidates’ experience of planning, implementation, management, evaluation, supervision and examination, as well as course development and the development of educational materials and similar educational activities. Both pedagogical and educational skills and experience must be well documented so that quality can also be assessed.

Formal training in higher education teaching or equivalent is a merit as well as experience of supervision at first, second or third cycle.

Documented ability and skill in collaborating with others and leading and administering teaching and research, and in informing and cooperating with the surrounding community, as well as working for the utilisation of the university’s research, will be deemed a merit.

We are looking for a self-motivated, flexible, structured and creative person with good collaboration and relationship-building skills and good analytical ability.

Besides scientific proficiency and pedagogical skills, experience of practical application of behavioral methods within sport science is meriting

Through this recruitment, the university will make a holistic assessment of aptitude and skills and select the applicant who is deemed to have the best prerequisites to conduct and develop the current tasks assigned to the position, interact and collaborate with other staff, and contribute to the positive development of both the Department. Since some courses are given in Swedish, the applicants must be fluent in a Scandinavian language.


The position is a permanent employment placed at the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science at 50%.
Start: 2022-01-01

For further information:

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Frode Slinde, head of Department

Beatrix Algurén, head of studies in sport science


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.

Closing date: 2021-08-16


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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