Appointment of docent (associate professor)

Last changed: 12 February 2024

Being appointed docent at SLU is a step on the academic career ladder, proof that the person has developed their academic expertise after being awarded their doctoral degree and that these skills are of a quality required to act as principal supervisor.

Academic expertise is defined as teaching skills and scientific, or artistic, expertise of such quality and at such a level that is relevant to the third-cycle subject area in question. Assessing future docents is an important part of the university’s quality assurance of research and education.

You can find more information about the process of becoming a docent at SLU in the internal governing document, which you can find here: Guidelines for the appointment of docents at SLU.

Docents are appointed in one of the university’s doctoral education subject areas, and the subject should be stated in the application for associate professorship. On this page, you will find information about the doctoral education subjects and general syllabuses at SLU's faculties: Doctoral education subjects and general syllabuses. 

Here you will find a list of FAQs about becoming a docent. 


Application and instructions

Deadline for application for the appointment of docent is March 1st or September 15th every year. Choose one of the links to apply by your Faculty.

Information for external experts

Information about the role as external expert is available here. 


For technical questions about the application in ReachMee:

If you have general questions about academic career: HR specialists 
HR-enheten, The Division of Human Resources

If you have questions about the appointment of docents and the application process, please contact the secretary of your faculty´s docent appointment board: