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About the Institute for Urban Research
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Content and work responsibilities
The successful candidate will work in the project ‘Smart cities for city officials’ and will execute the following tasks:

Main tasks:

  • Familiarise him/herself with the project and the research work carried out so far
  • Write a literature review of smart city research in Northern Europe
  • Interview city officials to assess their needs regarding smart cities
  • Participate in writing publications
  • Presenting work in public seminars and lectures

Additional tasks

  • Make an inventory of existing smart city courses in a European context
  • Assist in preparing and organising a smart city course for city officials

Abstract of the project:

The purpose of the project is to fill an important knowledge gap in smart cities research: while our technological knowledge regarding smart cities is substantial, little is known about the role of city authorities in the implementation of smart city planning. The project seeks to critically examine the risks and the benefits of smart city services and products offered by international corporations from the viewpoint of city authorities. Through a detailed analysis of the social, environmental and political aspects of smart urbanization, it seeks to empower city authorities to make informed decisions about what smart city planning can offer them. The project is firmly anchored in cooperation between researchers, city authorities and selected providers of smart city services and products. Besides scientific output, the project will result in workshops and on-line courses at Malmö University that will train city officials in dealing effectively and professionally with smart city planning.

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 employment is primarily relevant to people who have completed their doctoral degree no less than three years before the application period for the position of postdoc has expired. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed at an earlier date. Special circumstances constitute time off because of illness, parental leave, clinical practice, union duties or other similar circumstances.

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Fluency in English

The following would be of benefit for the position:

  • Proven ability to co-operate with colleagues in other disciplines

Assessment criteria

  • The quality and focus of the doctoral thesis
  • Research activities within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • Documented ability to independently conduct research of a sufficient standard
  • Reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a connection to education and research

Further information
For Malmö University: Guy Baeten, Director of the Institute for Urban Research,
And Kerstin Sandell, Head of the Department of Urban Studies,
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecca Nordh, Human Resources,

In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.

You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than August 17th 2020.

The application consists of the following elements:

  • Personal letter with motivation
  • CV including contact information for two reference persons
  • List of publications relevant for the employment
  • Copies of grades and certificates, in Swedish or English
  • 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 2020/149 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.
Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.
Malmö University applies individual salary setting.

Starting date
Autumn 2020

Union representatives
Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson,
OFR, Martin Reissner,

We look forward to receiving your application!