Information regarding the new position of – assistant professor (“biträdande lektor”) – in place of “forskarassistent”
A new teacher position – assistant professor (“biträdande lektor”) – has been introduced in the Higher Education Ordinance by the Swedish Government starting October 1, 2017. The position replaces the current career development position (at KI named “forskarassistent”) and should be implemented by the higher education institutions no later than April 1, 2018. The position was proposed in the Research Career Inquiry Trygghet och attraktivitet – en forskarkarriär för framtiden (SOU 2016:29).
KI intends to introduce the position in a revised appointment procedure starting April 1, 2018, in order to provide the departments with an adjustment period. A “biträdande lektor” cannot be employed before the revised appointment procedure is in place. KI also needs to set the assessment criteria for employment, as well as those for promotion. Current employments as “forskarassistent” are not affected by the new regulations. This also applies to employments announced with application deadline March 31, 2018 or earlier, even though employment takes place at a later stage.
The purpose of the position is to give the assistant professor an opportunity to develop an independent identity as a researcher and add to their record as a scholar and teacher, in order to satisfy the eligibility criteria for employment as associate professor (“lektor”). It is a fixed-term position of four to six years, decided in advance by the university. An assistant professor can apply for promotion to associate professor, which leads to a permanent position.
To qualify for a position as assistant professor a candidate must have graduated with a PhD or attained a corresponding level of scientific competence. Priority should be given to those who have graduated not more than five years before the application deadline. Individuals who have graduated earlier may be eligible if there are particular reasons such as; parental leave, sickness or similar circumstances.