Senior lecturer in Conservation, with specialisation in Garden and Landscape Craft

Feb 20, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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The Department of Conservation offer master’s and bachelor’s degrees in the integrated conservation of built environments and the conservation of cultural heritage objects, in addition to bachelor’s programs in building crafts, and garden and landscape crafts. Our research is focused on the built environments, cultural heritage objects, and the craftsmanship for sustainable conservation. We use critical perspectives and participatory approaches to develop skills and models of maintenance, restoration, reuse, adaptation, and reconstruction of tangible and intangible cultural heritage resources. We collaborate with universities and other organisations at the local, national, and international levels, and this has been supported by the strategic location of the Department in Gothenburg and Mariestad. For more information about the Department go to

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Senior lecturer in Conservation, with specialisation in Garden and Landscape Craft

Subject area description

“Kulturvård” is the art to preserve, develop and in a sustainable way use material and immaterial “objects” from the past. As a discipline “kulturvård” on the one hand studies conditions for the survival of these object from cultural, societal, scientific and crafts perspectives, on the other hand, studies the social and cultural processes which lead to a situation where specific “objects” are considered as heritage. The term “object” is here used generically and comprises all kinds of material and immaterial phenomena.


The duties consist of teaching, research, and interaction with the surrounding society within the subject of garden and landscape craft, with a cultural historical perspective on horticulture, garden environments, and plant material.

The teaching tasks consist of, together with the collegium, planning, developing, and performing teaching on basic and advanced level, with a particular focus on the bachelor program Garden and Landscape Craft in Mariestad. Teaching at the other bachelor and master programs at the Department of Conservation may also occur. Teaching is both in Swedish and English.

As researcher you are expected to participate actively in the department’s research environments and seminar activities, and both individually and in cooperation with others, initiate and carry out research projects. Externally financed research constitutes an important prerequisite for the research activities of the individual teacher at the department. Therefore, it is part of the work tasks to participate actively in the department’s work to apply for research funding.

At the Department of Conservation interaction with the surrounding society is partly run through the Craft Laboratory. The tasks there consist of research, development tasks, and supervision of project workers, as well as participation in the development of the national and international collaboration of the Craft Laboratory.


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.

To be eligible for appointment as a Senior Lecturer, the applicant is required to have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a PhD or has the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties that it will involve.

As teaching is in Swedish and English, good knowledge of both languages is required. International applicants who do not speak Swedish at the time of application are expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years. If necessary, the employer will assist with Swedish competencedevelopment.

Assessment criteria

When assessing the applications, equal weight will be given to scientific and teaching excellence.

Professional experience in gardening and landscaping is an advantage, as well as collaboration between the university and the surrounding community nationally and internationally.

In assessing scientific competence, special emphasis will be given to a doctoral degree and scientific publications relevant to the subject of  conservation with specialisation in Garden and Landscape Craft. In addition, proven ability to initiate, plan and conduct research, experience of international work and the ability to obtain funding for research in competition will be given weight.

Teaching skills must be well documented, which means that both scope and quality can be assessed.

In this recruitment, we will primarily consider those who, after an overall assessment of scientific and teaching skills, conservation practise and collaboration, are deemed to have the best qualifications to carry out the tasks in the employment and contribute to the positive development of the education and research at the Department.


The position is a permanent full-time employment with placement at the Department of Conservation in Mariestad. First day of employment is by agreement.

Contact information

Regarding the position, please contact the following persons:Anneli Palmsköld, Head of Department,, 070-862 88 05

Eva Gustavsson, Senior Lecturer,


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Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

Publications that cannot be attached to the application in digital format should be sent to:

The Faculty Office for ScienceUniversity of GothenburgAtt Linda ForsbergBox 460S-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

The application is to be written in English.

The application should include the following documents:

Personal letter explaining why you are interested in the position and a description of your intentions for research and other activities relevant to the position (maximum 4 pages)

Curriculum vitae/CV with list of publications and personal data

Diplomas, certificates or other documents

Statement of scientific merits including a list of the (maximum 10) scientific works cited, justification for the selection, and an account of your role in the selected publications.

Electronic copies of all scientific publications specifically cited (maximum 10).

Statement and documentation of teaching credentials, including pedagogical courses, and a brief account of teaching activities and reflection (max 4 pages). Qualitative reviews, course evaluations or equivalent should be attached or referred to in the annexes.

Statement of professional qualifications and documents (max 10) to support these in terms of scope, focus and content.

A brief description of the collaborative, managerial and administrative experience and its documentation.

References (at least two)

The selection process will include peer reviews by experts from outside the University of Gothenburg, interviews and guest lectures. Parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances will be taken into account when assessing qualifications and experience. The reasons for and the extent of the absence must be stated in the application.

Applications must be received by: 2023-02-20

Information for International Applicants

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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