Responsible unit: Human Resources Office

Contact: Åsa Nelhans

(The document has been reviewed in May 2024. The document will be revised in autumn 2024.
2021: The wording head of department/equivalent refers to head of department, director subordinate to the dean, and/or head of office within the university´s administration.
The wording department/equivalent refers to department, centre organisationally placed under a faculty, and administrative office.)


Chapter 2, Section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (HF) states that the university board of governors shall determine the appointment procedures. The Rules of Employment at Stockholm University (AOSU) contains the rules determined by the University Board relating to employment as and promotion of teachers. The President may grant exemption from the regulations in special cases.


The central provision for employment is the second paragraph of Chapter 12, Article 5 of the Instrument of Government, which stipulates that only objective factors, such as merit and competence, should be taken into account in the appointment of posts within the public administration. Section 4, Paragraph 2 of the Public Employment Act (LOA) states that competence should be the primary consideration, unless there are special reasons for doing otherwise.


Vacant teaching positions should be advertised in a way that will attract skilled applicants. A good environment for research and education is characterised by the University being able to offer such attractive employment and working conditions that the most competent teachers can be recruited. In the recruitment process, the University’s needs should be considered along with the applicant’s formal expertise, potential for development and social skills.

Teaching at the University should primarily be conducted by teachers with a doctoral degree and indefinite-term employment. However, in some cases, teaching positions may have to be limited to a fixed term. Fixed-term contracts can be provided based on the provisions of the Employment Protection Act (LAS), another law or ordinance, or a collective agreement.


What is specified in these rules as falling under the authority of a scientific area board can be understood as the authority of a faculty board, since, in accordance with the decision-making and delegation policy of Stockholm University (“Besluts- och delegationsordning för Stockholms universitet”), the scientific area board, in many cases, has the right to delegate its decision-making power. If such delegation has taken place, scientific area board should be understood as faculty board. For this reason, the delegation policy of the relevant scientific area board should be considered.

Related document
See further in the complete Rules of Employment for the Recruitment and Promotion of Teachers (AOSU) from 2020-02-18 (pdf) below.