Malmö University
Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the center of Malmö. We have around 1,900 employees and 25,000 students. The University is organized into five faculties: Faculty of Health and Society, Culture and Society, Education and Society, Faculty of Odontology and Technology and Society.

Malmö University has five research centres with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Working at an interdepartmental level, research is carried out in collaboration with other academic institutions, the public and private sectors, and non-governmental organisations.

Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies
The present position will be part of the research programme Organisational and Social Safety Climate in Human service organisations (OSSC) conducted at the Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA). The OSSC programme is financed by Forte and the overall aim is to develop organisational and social safety climate as a theoretical and empirical construct in the context of Human Service Organisations (HSOs), such as schools, social and health care. The goal of the OSSC programme is to contribute to a sustainable working environment that can meet future challenges such as stress, victimization at work, retention and recruiting problems in HSOs. CTA is a research environment representing researchers from several departments at Malmö University.

Department of School Development and Leadership (SOL)
The holder of the post-doctoral position will be employed at SOL. SOL is one of the six Departments at the The Faculty of Education and Society, that offers some of the most popular programmes within teacher education in Sweden. Education and research at SOL focuses on Special Education, School development and Leadership.

About the position
The post-doctoral position is for 2 years and involves research related to the research programme OSSC. The main task is to conduct research with the aim of developing methods that promote healthy Human Service Organisations. The post-doc 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. Teaching and other duties may also be included, but up to no more than 20 percent of the working hours.

Besides conducting research, the applicant is expected to take part in activities such as staff meetings, seminars and conferences at CTA and SOL.

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within a relevant subject of the position.

The PhD should be completed no more than three years before the last date for application.

In addition to formal competence, University employees must possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way.

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 good standard
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society regarding education and research
  • Documented experience of working in a multidisciplinary research environment
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Swedish or another Scandinavian language in both speech and writing

Programme leader, Tuija Muhonen,
Director for CTA, Sandra Jönsson,
Head of Department, Ola Fransson,
General employment and procedural questions, contact Christina Magnusson, Human Resources,

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 “ansök”. It is the responsibility of the applicant that the application is complete according to the advertised position. The application must be received no later than 9 August 2020. 

The application should include the following:

  1. Personal letter with motivation
  2. CV including contact information to two reference persons
  3. List of scientific work relevant to the employment
  4. A preliminary research plan including its relevance regarding the research field of social and organisational work environment in Human Service Organisations, e.g. schools, social or health care (max 2 pages)
  5. Main publications no more than 5, including the PhD thesis
  6. Grades and certificates

See also Malmö University appointment rules (Link to Policy and guidance document)

Additional information
The position is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of two years 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 at the earliest convenience or by agreement

Union representatives
SACO Nils Andersson,
Lärarförbundet Peter Persson,
ST Naser Eftekharian,

We are looking forward to receiving your application!