Recruitment regulations and legislation

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.

Appointments procedure

The appointments procedure came into force on October 15th 2018 and applies until further notice. The appointments procedure and the instructions incorporate all the regulations that apply for the appointment of teaching staff.

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:

General legislation

Collaboration agreement at KI

Rules governing conflict of interest at Karolinska Institutet


Karolinska Institutet 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.

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