Professor of Forensic Psychiatry

University of Gothenburg Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology

Professor of forensic psychiatry, combined with employment as a specialist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and The National Board of Forensic Medicine

Ref PAR 2022/121

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Researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg conduct research and education spanning a wide range of topics from molecules to humans. The Institute has five departments: pharmacology, physiology, health and rehabilitation medicine, clinical neuroscience, and psychiatry and neurochemistry.

Subject area 

Forensic psychiatry 

Subject area description 

Forensic psychiatry is a psychiatric specialty focusing on the relationship between psychiatric disease and crime, as well as associated fields of forensic psychiatric examinations and treatment in prison and probation service.  


The successful applicant conducts research in forensic psychiatry, in particular research focused on treatment and evaluation in forensic psychiatry, at a leading national and international level. She or he is also expected to apply for national and international research grants.

The position involves supervision of students at PhD and other levels, as well as teaching at both basic and advanced levels in forensic psychiatry. Development of the teaching curriculum in forensic psychiatry is also expected.

Consultation, mentoring and participation in planning, coordination and leadership activities at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the National Board ofForensic Medicine are also included among the job assignments.

The professor is expected to facilitate and develop forensic psychiatry research at the Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health (CELAM) and lead the centre together with its senior researchers. CELAM conducts, supports, and disseminates research about mental disorders, aggressive behaviour, and moral and legal responsibility in an inter-disciplinary framework.

The professor shall interact with Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the National Board of Forensic Medicine, and other relevant actors in the field, as well as with the society at large, and participate in outreach activities and other events/projects aimed at popularising the science and inform on what research is being conducted.


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 an appointment as professor, the applicant must possess both scientific and pedagogical skills.

The employment is combined with an employment as a specialist in forensic psychiatry at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The applicant must have a medical licence with specialist competence in forensic psychiatry. The applicant must demonstrate proficiency in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian necessary to obtain a Swedish Medical Licence.

According to the Higher Education Act, Chapter 3, Section 8, joint employment may only be held by a person who meets the eligibility requirements for all three positions.

Assessment criteria 

Assessment criteria for employment as a teacher are stated in Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.

When assessing the applications, equal importance will be given to scientific and pedagogical skills of importance for the subject.

When assessing scientific skills special emphasis will be placed on research efforts within forensic psychiatry and the quality and originality of the scientific research efforts, the ability to obtain research funding, ability to develop and lead staff, attract PhD-students and researchers, and scientific supervision.

When assessing pedagogical skills emphasis will be placed on experience of teaching, examination, supervision, course development and course leadership at undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate levels within the subject of forensic psychiatry. Skills must be documented in a way that makes it possible to assess the quality of the pedagogical educational activities. To enable assessment of the quality of the pedagogical activities the skills must be well documented.

Clinical proficiency will be assessed based on the applicant' s competence and clinical independency as a forensic psychiatrist.

Documented ability to develop and lead personnel, attract PhD-students and researchers are also important tasks to be considered, as well as administrative ability to plan, organise and develop the organisation, ability to cooperate and collaborate with the surrounding community.


Permanent position, full time 100% at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology. First day of employment as agreed.

Selection process 

  • Competence review of the applicant's documents after the closing date
  • Applicants' documents are sent to external experts for assessment
  • The recruitment will be dealt with in The Academic Appointments Board of Sahlgrenska Academy
  • The Academic Appointments Board proposes candidates
  • Assessment and recognition of qualifications in teaching and learning in higher education of the proposed candidate's
  • The recruitment is handled by the Vice-Chancellor for a decision

Contact information 

Henrik Zetterberg, Head of Department, +46 (0)768 - 67 26 47,

Jenny Nyström Head of Institute, +46 (0)31-786 33 93, 


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In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Applications must follow the layout of the recommendations for the Sahlgrenska Academy for applications for teaching positions.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job
advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Please note in particular that the following documents must accompany the application:

  • Certificate medical degree with specialist competence in forensic psychiatry (In Swedish or English)
  • A maximum of 10 selected scientific publications that the applicant want to refer to (in full text)
  • Other certificates /proof /rating proving applicant's qualifications

Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be sent in three copies to:

University of Gothenburg
The Sahlgrenska Academy
Box 400
405 30 Göteborg

The reference number of the application, PAR 2022/121, should be clearly stated when mailing complementary documents.
The application is to be written in English.

Applications must be received by: June 20, 2022

Information for International Applicants 

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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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