Professor in Organisation Studies

Company:Malmö University

Location:Sweden / Malmö

Discipline:Organisation Studies

Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


Professor in Organisation Studies

Ref REK 2019/260

Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.

Department of Urban Studies

The department of Urban Studies is characterised by three core features: dynamic interdisciplinary research; a professional organisation; and a highly qualified faculty. The department comprises around 95 researchers and teachers, as well as 2000 students. We have a strong emphasis on theory-driven empirical research and teaching informed by the social and behavioural sciences.

We are building collaboration within four main intersecting themes: Housing, Real Estate and Urban Renewal; Transport, Mobilities and Urban Business Development; Risk Management and Urban Ecology; and Work and Organisational Psychology and Organisation Studies. Across these themes, we unite around cultural, economic, material, social and discursive processes of change. Furthermore, we collaborate with our well-established networks within the public sector, the corporate sector and civil society. The department offers a PhD programme in Urban Studies, as well as bachelor programmes encompassing city planning, environmental studies, transport and logistics, and real estate science. Issues of organisation and leadership play an integrated role in all these fields.

Organisation studies with a focus on leadership is a central research area and theme within our education. In addition to our bachelor’s degree, we also offer two, one-year, master’s programmes — Leadership for Sustainability and Leadership and Public Organisation (in Swedish). The department is in an expansive phase, as we seek to develop new research and build our educational strength, benefitting from recently having given official University status and the opportunity to create a new master’s programme titled Leadership and Organisation: Societal Challenges and Organisational Changes.

We study organizations and leadership with point of departure in our multi-disciplinary research milieu and with a focus on relations within and between public, private and non-profit organizations. This entails also an interest in both cooperation and competition among various entities and a critical perspective on leadership. Researchers at the department are also affiliated with Centre for work environment and evaluation research.

Urban Studies is part of the Faculty of Culture and Society, which is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. Read more here.

Job description

As a professor you will be expected to: provide academic leadership in the development of research programmes within the field of organisation studies; develop new research projects in collaboration with internal and external partners; actively apply for external research funding, including for PhD students and Postdocs; and take part in the daily activities of the department. A current emphasis at the University is strengthening our research, including leading theoretical and methodological development, and we expect you to take part in this process.

As a professor at Malmö University, you will participate in furthering university-wide and departmental research, education and collaboration, and contribute to the development of knowledge and research, both independently and together with other researchers. This is in line with the University’s official strategy, which highlights the importance of contributing “to a sustainable and more equal society through research-based knowledge, critical reflection and a readiness to act.” Teaching duties involve planning, lecturing, thesis supervision, examination, seminars, workshops and practical exercises. Responsibilities also includes administrative tasks at the department, as well as participation in departmental activities and pedagogical development work.


We are looking to recruit a person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise and is qualified for employment as a professor. (Chapter 4 Section 3 Higher Education Ordinance).

In order to qualify for this specific position, the applicant must have:

  • a doctoral degree and documented research and educational experience within the field of organisation studies, including disciplines as business administration, psychology and sociology; and
  • documented proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor is the degree of the expertise required as qualification for employment. Teaching expertise and research/artistic expertise will be assessed with equal emphasis. (Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance)

Professors must be well-established within their scientific field and internationally recognised, taking into account the nature and tradition of the subject specialisation. Their level of expertise should significantly exceed the requirements for an appointment as an associate professor. A teacher at Malmö University is expected to have university teacher training corresponding to at least 15 higher education credits, or corresponding to formal university teacher training. This is determined through validation, as well as a formalised teacher training, including the supervision of doctoral students in accordance with the University's recommendations.

In addition to formal competences, staff members should also possess the personal capabilities required to carry out tasks associated with the position in a satisfactory manner and represent the University in the best possible way.

Particular emphasis will be placed on:

  • documented experience of inter/multi/transdisciplinary work in research and education;
  • original and relevant academic production at the highest international level, including significant contributions to theoretical, methodological and/or thematic developments;
  • documented scholarly contributions and educational experience encompassing perspectives on intersectionality in line with Malmö University’s strategy (link);
  • a solid track record in research leadership as well as in research funding and international research cooperation;
  • documented experience in teaching and supervision, as well as active involvement in education and study environments in fields relevant for the position; and
  • competences with regard to mentoring and a commitment to the development of researcher talent and the teaching of PhD courses.

Professors must demonstrate:

  • documented competence in their field;
  • documented ability to lead and develop academic environments, as well as management experience; and
  • documented ability to communicate and collaborate with stakeholders in other parts of society with a clear connection to education and

Teaching expertise relates to:

  • documented ability to plan, develop, carry out and lead education at high level of quality, using various teaching methods in first, second and third-cycle levels of education;
  • documented experience in pedagogical development work and a reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices;
  • documented ability to link research and education at first, second and third-cycle levels with regard to both content and teaching; and
  • documented and extensive experience in third-cycle education. This may include proven experience within planning, admission, work with study plans and course development, examination, supervision leading up to public defense, and experience as a principal supervisor. The nature and tradition of the given discipline must be taken into account according to specific assessment criteria established by the individual

Scientific proficiency relates to:

  • research within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • documented ability to initiate, plan, develop, carry out and lead research of a high quality and with international impact;
  • documented ability to communicate research within and beyond the scientific community;
  • documented ability to engage in international research collaboration;
  • documented ability to attract competetive external research funding with consideration given to the nature and tradition of the discipline; and
  • documented anchoring within the scientific

Further information

For questions regarding Malmö University, contact Kerstin Sandell, Head of Department of Urban Studies:
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecka Forslund, Human Resources:

Malmö University declines direct contact with recruiting and staffing agencies, as well as job-advertising sellers.


Submit your application through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “ansök”. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete according to the criteria of the position advertised, and your application must be received no later than 2020-01-03.

Please ensure your application contains the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a complete CV;
  • copies of relevant certificates;
  • a statement on your pedagogical philosophy and motivation;
  • a statement highlighting scientific, pedagogical and other activities of particular significance for the position;
  • a statement regarding your future research development and planned activities;
  • a list of educational and scientific work;
  • copies of selected scientific and pedagogical works (up to five in each category); and
  • the names and contact details of up to three references.

Your merits are subject to documentation, according to the University’s Guidelines for Documentation and Assessment of Qualifications. See also Malmö University’s Rules for Appointment.

If the application includes physical material, send three identical sets of the supplementary physical material by mail, marked with reference number REK 2019/260 to the University’s HR department (Malmö University, 205 06, Malmö). If the material weighs more than 2 kg, please use the following address: Malmö University, HR Department, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, and marked the package with the following reference number: REK 2019/260. Your application will be handled by the Appointments Board and assessed by external experts.

Additional information
This is a permanent, full-time position.
Malmö University is a workplace characterised by openness, equality and an inclusive approach.
Individual salary negotiations apply.

Starting date
The position will commence by September 1st 2020, or at another date by mutual agreement.
A probationary period of six months may apply.

Union representatives
SACO-s, Rebecka Johansson:
OFR, Martin Reissner:

We look forward to receiving your application!

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