About Malmö University
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 our 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. Postdoctoral research will take place in line with Malmö University’s vision, core values and objectives (https://www.mah.se/upload/Malm%c3%b6%20University%20Strategy%202022%20-%20SLUTVERSION%20Digital.pdf )

About the Institute for Urban Research
The Institute for Urban Research is a newly established (2018) university-wide research centre that brings together all urban research at Malmö University. The IUR is the first institute for urban research in the Oresound region – the region with one of the highest urban growth rates in Europe.

It seeks to consolidate urban research at Malmö University and make Malmö University grow into one of the most prominent places for urban research in Sweden, Scandinavia and Europe. The IUR aims at shaping a collective identity for urban research at Malmö University and creating a research body that adds quality to our research activities. It seeks to create a research infrastructure that clearly meets the research priorities of both the Swedish government and the European Union. The IUR is open to all urban research but has a specific focus on urban renewal and housing, urban economics, mobilities, urban ecology, urban economics, migration and social sustainability.

You can find our website here: https://www.iuresearch.se/.

About the postdoctoral positions
The postdoc positions are for 1 year and will mainly involve research within the field of urban research. The postdocs will be involved in all aspects of the research process, including project planning, research design, empirical analysis, presentation of findings at conferences, and preparation of manuscripts for submission to leading peer-reviewed journals. The postdocs will spend up to 20 percent of their time on management and administration. The postdocs will actively participate in the activities of the Institute for Urban Research such as seminars and workshops.

The postdoctoral positions will be part of the FORMAS Strong Research Environment CRUSH – Critical Urban Sustainability Hub. Research plans should be in the spirit of CRUSH: the analysis of housing issues and urban renewal from a critical theory perspective (feminism, Marxism, postcolonialism, etcetera). You can find more information here: https://www.iuresearch.se/research/housing/crush/.

Candidates should have obtained a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of urban studies or any related field (for example geography, planning, political science, sociology, economics, architecture, history, design and other related disciplines). The PhD should be completed no more than three years before the last date for application.

Selection criteria
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended to be an initial career step, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers.

These are the assessment criteria:

  • Quality and focus of the PhD dissertation
  • Previous research activities within areas relevant for this position
  • Proven ability to independently conduct good quality research
  • A written account, reflecting your own pedagogical values and practice
  • Proven ability to communicate and collaborate with actors outside the university in relation to research and education

In addition, assessment criteria specifically for this position

  • Quality of the research and activities plan (originality, feasibility, outcomes)
  • Experience with research grant applications
  • Good ability to develop and conduct high quality research within the field of urban studies including
    • Ability to work independently
    • Ability to display rigor in problem formulations and research plans
    • Theoretical and methodological maturity
  • Excellent communication skills in English in both speech and writing
  • Proven ability to co-operate with colleagues in other disciplines

For Malmö University: Guy Baeten, Director of the Institute for Urban Research, guy.baeten@mau.se
Kerstin Sandell, Head of Department of Urban Studies, Kerstin.sandell@mau.se.
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Sara Säthersten, Human Resources, Sara.sathersten@mau.se

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


You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “apply/ansök”. You have the responsibility that your application is complete and your application must be received no later than 16 September 2019.

The application consists of the following elements:

  1. Personal letter with motivation
  2. CV including contact information for two reference persons
  3. List of publications relevant for the employment
  4. A research and activities plan (max 4 pages). The research plan should preferably cover purpose and aim, research questions, account of methodological approach and data as well as theoretical framework. Activities should cover publications plans, planned conference sessions and papers, planned workshops etc.
  5. Copies of grades and certificates, in Swedish or English
  6. Main publications (max five including the PhD thesis)

If the application includes physical material, send three identical sets of the supplementary physical material by mail, marked with the right reference number REK 2.2.1-2019/214 to the HR-department, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö. If the physical material weighs more than 2 kg use the following address: HR-department, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with the right reference number.

Additional information
The position is a full-time, fixed-term employment for 1 year.
At Malmö University, individual salary negotiations apply.
Malmö University is a workplace characterised by an open and inclusive approach where equal treatment adds value to our activities.

Starting date
Starting in the beginning of 2020

Union representatives
Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson, rebecka.johansson@mau.se
OFR, Martin Reissner, martin.reissner@mau.se