Why Linnaeus University

Freedom with responsibility, career opportunities, a developing environment and the possibility for inspiring meetings with students, researchers and members of staff. These are some of the reasons stated by our members of staff when asked why they stay at Linnaeus University.

Freedom with responsibility

"I have been given a lot of responsibility and this is something that has enabled me to grow as a person. I have learnt to stand on my own two legs and to fight for what I'm good at".
"This job has strengthened my self-esteem, it has contributed to me taking part in more activities also outside work".

Career opportunities

"This job has given me the courage to venture into new areas. It feels easier now, it's not such a big deal".
"If someone would have told me 40 years ago when I had just been awarded my bachelor's degree that I would become a professor I would not have believed them..."

Developing environment

"It is a fun place to work where a lot of stuff happens, the atmosphere is nice and you get a lot of contacts".
"It is good that we are a young university, that gives us more possibilities. We are progressive, not an old colossus".

Inspiring meetings

"I have developed by taking part in various interdisciplinary projects, it has been a lot of fun meeting people with different backgrounds".

Benefits for employees

As an employee at Linnaeus University you are entitled to a number of benefits. Here is a selection of these benefits:

Collaboration locally and globally

Linnaeus University work a lot to develop networks both locally and internationally that lead to productive rewarding collaborations with external researchers, other universities, the industry and local companies. This is a natural corner stone of the philosophy that characterises our modern university. We have a great international exchange, within research as well as within education, and we have guest lecturers and students from all over the world.

Doctors visits and prescriptions

As an employee you are entitled to see a doctor during working hours without getting a salary deduction. When getting medical care you can be compensated with up to SEK 95 per visit. Compensation for seeing a physiotherapist will be paid with up to SEK 55 per visit. In the instance of hospital treatment, compensation will be paid with up to SEK 70 per day.

If you have been to the doctor and been given prescription drugs you can receive compensation for this as well.

Health promotion

You can receive compensation for health promotion with up to SEK 1,500 per year. The activity must be covered by the Swedish Tax Agency's regulations for tax-free benefits, for example, massage, smoking cessation, exercise card at a gym, etc.

Leave of absence

There can be many reasons for being granted leave of absence. Some time off is regulated by law or other ordinance. Others, for instance the following, are regulated through collective bargaining agreements:
• time off (without salary deduction) in connection to moving
• doctors visits
• blood donation
• acute dental problems
• degree and examination

Parental leave

You are entitled to full parental leave until your child is one and a half years old. As a parent, you are also entitled to reduce your working hours by up to one quarter of the normal working hours up until your child has turned twelve, or until the end of the school year when your child turns twelve.

At Linnaeus University, a so-called parental benefit supplement is paid for days during the parental leave for which parental benefit at the basic level or beyond is collected.

Time off for studies

Under some circumstances you are also entitled to time off for studies. If a certain education is important for the activities at your place of work, you may in some cases – during part of or during the entire time off – get to keep part of or your full salary.


You are, as a rule, entitled to vacation starting the first year of appointment. In general, the following rules apply:
• 28 days vacation per year starting the year you turn 29.
• 31 days vacation per year starting the year you turn 30.
• 35 days vacation per year starting the year you turn 40.