General information 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 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.

The Faculty of Culture and Society
The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. The Faculty has two areas of postgraduate education: New media, public spheres and forms of expression (NMOG), offering postgraduate education in the subject areas of Media and Communication Studies and Interaction Design; and Migration, Urbanisation and Societal Change (MUSA), offering postgraduate education in the subject areas of Urban Studies and International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER). Global Politics will now be added as a third interdisciplinary postgraduate research area within the Department of Global Political Studies.
Department of Global Political Studies
The Department of Global Political Studies is a multidisciplinary research and educational environment consisting of eight subjects: European Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender Studies, International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), International Relations, Caucasus Studies, Human Rights, and Political Science. The Department’s educational programmes and research focus on global processes of change and their impact on societies and individuals. Our research environment also includes MIM (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare) and the research platform RUCARR (Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research).

The researcher will be part of a team in the international NoVaMigra (“Norms and Values in the European Refugee and Migration Crisis”) consortium. NoVaMigra is funded by Horizon2020, the EU framework for research and innovation. The project’s main objectives are to provide an understanding of core values/norms in Europe, their current transformation and possible evolution, specifically with regard to migration and the integration of migrants and refugees into European societies. The Swedish team will mainly be working with the task to create a comprehensive picture of value agents and value-related practices in migration and integration contexts in European societies and in the external transmission of European values to potential migrants and refugees coming to Europe. 

The duties consist mainly of an ethnographic regime analysis, which includes interviews with actors on the supra/national and executive bureaucratic level as well as refugees. Collaboration with the surrounding community in the form of material collection and dissemination are also included in the tasks. Teaching in the IMER program may be included. The position also may also include administrative duties at the department, as well as participation in institutional activities.

Qualifications required for this position:

  • A Master degree in the area of migration studies or related (candidates with a background in social or cultural anthropology will be preferred)
  • Well-documented experience of conducting ethnographic multi-sited fieldwork in Western and non-Western contexts, including key informant interviews in a stakeholder setting
  • Experience of working with both vulnerable groups and stakeholders
  • Experience in publishing their work on migration in academic outlets
  • Fluent in English and Swedish

Additional assets:

  • Knowledge on and experience doing research from a gender perspective
  • experience of administrative academic tasks (such as organizing conferences, etc.)
  • relevant teaching experience
  • non-academic work experience related to norms and values

Selection criteria
Assessment of candidates is based on their degree of experience and proficiency with respect to the qualifications listed above.  In addition to this, the application should contain the following information:

  • A short draft outline of a research plan indicating a contribution to the empirical study of norms and values in migration studies
  • A clearly stated letter of motivation for a future research career within the fields of migration studies or social/cultural anthropology

Contact information
Project leader Brigitte Suter (
Director MIM Pieter Bevelander (
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecka Forslund, Human Resources:

You apply through Malmö Universities’ recruitment system by clicking the button “apply/ansök”. It is your own responsibility that your application is complete with all required documentation according to the adverted position. Your application must have arrived no later than 2018-12-17.

The application should contain the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. A letter of intent (including a statement highlighting scientific, pedagogical and other activities of particular significance for the position)
  3. A short outline of a potential contribution to the study of norms and values in migration research
  4. Two references

Additional information
The position is a part-time position (60%) for 20 months. At Malmö University individual salary negotiations apply.

Starting date
1st March or by agreement.

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