Guidelines for Qualifications as Oavlönad docent

Those who have shown ability as independent researchers can apply to be accepted at Chalmers as Docent. However, this is solely an academic qualification.

At Chalmers there is a teaching post designated Docent, which in itself presupposes that the holder is a docent, but which is regulated entirely by Chalmers' rules of prodecure for research and teaching faculty. The title docent is in Sweden normally translated to Associate Professor.

1. Scientific Qualifications

Eligibility for "oavlönad docent" requires a Swedish Doctor of Philosophy degree or otherwise acquired equivalent academic qualification.

Acceptance also requires:

  • Documented ability to formulate and select research problems independently, to plan and carry out research and to supervise doctoral students or other junior reserachers.
  • Publications in recognised scientific journals or anthologies in accordance with existing publishing tradition in the field.

These requirements normally imply about three years of full-time research and teaching at a university or elsewhere, and a publication volume that is approximately twice the amount usual for a Ph.D. degree.

2. Teaching qualifications

Acceptance requires:

  • Completion of the course CLS905 Supervising Research Students or another equivalent course. For more information and registration: Supervising research students CLS905 (external webbpage)
  • Experience in teaching both undergraduate and research students.
  • Pedagogical skill which should be demonstrated at the docent lecture.

Comment: Qualification for the teaching post as associate professor requires well documented pedagogical skill. This is assessed by an outside expert in pedagogy.

3. Association with Chalmers

To be accepted as "oavlönad docent", a clear association with Chalmers is necessary. Applicants from outside Chalmers can have, for example, long-standing cooperation, in research or graduate level teaching, with a department at Chalmers.

4. Administrative procedure

Form of the application

Application to be accepted as "oavlönad docent" can in substance be made in the same way as for a vacant post. Hence, the relevant parts of such an application may be used. The applicatiion is normally written in English.

The application should state the field or specialisation (given both Swedish and English) in which one wishes to be accepted as "oavlönad docent". This is usually the same field as that of the Ph.D. The designation of the field or specialisation is decided be the head of department. A checklist of items to be included in the application is provided to assist applications.

Application proposal

The application is proposed at the department by a steering committee or similar group at the department. The steering committee considers:

  1. whether Chalmers and the department are interested in accepting the application as "oavlönad docent" at Chalmers
  2. whether the applicant is highly enough qualified to have a good chance of being approved by the assessment of external experts.

The steering committee also discusses at least two proposed experts in the field. The experts, who shall have no connection with the applicant to avoid favouritism, should be from outside Chalmers. Nordic experts are usually preferable, but not necessary, although they are the most likely to be familiar with the implications of the docent level. The proposed experts are informed in advance by the department, so they are prepared to accept if the Faculty Appointment Committee selects them.

If it is decided that the application should proceed, the head of the department sends an official letter to the Faculty Appointment Committee. The letter shall contain the following:

  1. Field or specialisation for acceptance as docent (in Swedish and English)
  2. Description of the benefit to Chalmers in relation to the department's present work in the field.
  3. Conclusion that the application is likely to be approved by an expert assessment (clearly stated).
  4. Proposal of at least two experts in the field.
  5. Information for contacting the proposed experts (incl. email addresses).

The Recruitment unit sends instructions via email to the applicant for information of how to upload her/his application in the recruitment system. The Faculty Appointment Committee makes a decision on the application and  the applicant's qualifications; if  the requirements are fond to be met, the committee selects the experts.

If the assessment is positive the Faculty Appointment Committee informs the department that the docent lecture may be held. If the lecture also is approved, the applicant is accepted as "oavlönad docent".

5. Docent Lecture

The aim of the docent lecture is that the applicant shall demonstrate pedagogical ability and describe her/his research in a large perspective. The lecture should be given on a level that is suitable for an audience with a general background in science or technology. This lecture shall be officially announced at the department. Information about the lecture shall be sent to the Recruitment unit. Students may also be invited.

The head of department shall attend the lecture. The department head will decide whether the lecture is approved.

6. Decision

After the docent lecture is approved, the head of the department may accept the applicant as Docent. A copy of the record of the decision taken shall be sent to the Recruitme​nt unit​.​ ​A diploma is issued by the department.

Below please find instructions and checklist for application to oavlönad docent at Chalmers University of Technology.


Page manager Published: Tue 25 Jan 2022.