Recruitment regulations and legislation

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Presented here is an overview of the legislation and regulations that apply for recruitment at Karolinska Institutet as a university and state authority.

Higher education legislation

The Swedish Higher Education Act contains general regulations for universities and university colleges. Chapter 3 of the Act contains regulations for the appointment of professors, adjunct professors, visiting professors and senior lecturers. The regulations in the Higher Education Act are supplemented by the regulations in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance which regulate matters linked to joint positions, qualifications and basis of assessment for appointment, and certain matters linked to the appointment process.

Högskolelagen Higher Education Act

Högskoleförordning Higher Education Ordinance

Appointments procedure

The appointments procedure came into force on 1 January 2016 and applies until further notice. The appointments procedure and the appurtenant instructions incorporate all the regulations that apply for the appointment of teaching staff.

Appointment procedure for teachers at Karolinska Institutet (pdf)

Instructions regarding the appointment procedure for teachers at Karolinska Institutet (pdf)

Employment Ordinance 

Anställningsförordningen The Employment Ordinance

Public sector employment

Matters concerning employment at Karolinska Institutet imply the exercising of public authority and are therefore subject to the following laws: 

Förvaltningslagen Administrative Procedure Act 

Offentlighet- och sekretesslagen Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act

Lagen om offentlig förvaltning (LOA) Public Administration Act 

General legislation 

Lagen om anställningsskydd (LAS) Employment Protection Act 

Medbestämmandelagen (MBL) Co-Determination in the Workplace Act  

Diskrimineringslagen Discrimination Act 

Arbetstidslagen Working Hours Act 

Leave legislation 

Lag om arbetstagares rätt till ledighet för utbildning Employees’ Right to Educational Leave Act
Föräldraledighetslag Parental Leave Act 
Semesterlag Annual Leave Act 

Collective agreements 

Lokalt villkorsavtal (pdf) Local collective agreement

Kollektivavtal för postdoktor (pdf) Collective agreement for postdoctoral appointments

Kollektivavtal för adjungerade lärare (pdf) Collective agreements for adjunct teaching staff

Rules for appointments after the age of 67

Rules for appointments after the age of 67 (pdf)

Collaboration agreement at KI

Samverkansavtalet (pdf) Collaboration agreement

Partiality regulations

Partiality regulations (pdf) apply for recruitment. 


The Board of Research has established the fee levels for experts in conjunction with the appointment of teaching staff and researchers, such as senior lecturers, professors and postdoctoral research fellows. The fee for the examination of a docent appointment has also been established. No extra remuneration is paid to KI employees who serve as experts.

Template for invitation to serve as an expert (word)

Arvodesnivåer till sakkunniga (pdf) Fee levels for experts