Information about the department, division and research
The Department of Technology Management and Economics conducts research within areas such as logistics, innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial marketing and quality sciences. The department consists of six divisions and three research centers. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers Areas of Advance. The position is placed at the Division of Service Management and Logistics (SML).

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here

Services have become an integrated part of business, and the service element increases steadily in both the private and the public sector. The Division of Service Management and Logistics (SML) focuses on the management, design, delivery and improvement of services from the perspective of the individual service organization as well as the wider supply chain. We conduct research and teaching in close interaction with external organizations, and focus on resource utilization, improvement and development of processes as well as inter-organizational relationships. The division pursues problem-oriented and inter-disciplinary research, with strong emphasis on industry relevance and high visibility in leading academic journals. The key aim of our research activity is to address societal challenges and contribute to industrial leadership.

We are looking to recruit one postdoctoral researcher to broaden the division's current research on professional service organizations. Specific focus for the position is on management and processes of change and innovation as response to societal demands within both public and private service organizations in e.g. the energy sector, urban development, or the AEC (architecture, engineering & construction) industry. We look for candidates who can contribute to the existing theoretical field as well as stimulate new research pathways related to management of professional service organizations. Addressing interconnectedness on multiple organizational levels, the research is sought to address organizational relationships and social interaction (collaboration and communication) in relation to processes of change and innovation, both within and across organizational boundaries. The candidate is expected to adopt a multifaceted perspective on service management and address the service phenomenon from outside-in, as response to societal demands and uncertainties that emerge outside the organization and begin and end with the user/client. This involves a multi-disciplinary approach involving studies on behaviours, processes, mechanisms and consequences related to services in a broad range of organizational and technological processes.

Major responsibilities
The primary duty as a postdoctoral researcher is to perform own research, as a member of a research group and to participate in ongoing and future projects at the division, and to publish the results in highly-ranked journals.

The position includes teaching up to 20 per cent of your working hours, in bachelor and master courses in relevant areas.

The applicant is expected to conduct empirical research as primary activity, foremost applying a qualitative research approach. The research is expected to be conducted in a collaborative fashion in various constellations within the academic community and in interaction with industrial partners, and will primarily be based on case studies. The candidate is expected to take an important role for collaboration within academia, industry and with society at large. The research requires the applicant to interact with industry, have ability to plan and organize the work, and be able to communicate the scientific results, both to the public and industry and, importantly, through scientific publications in highly-ranked journals within the subject area.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1). The candidate has to live in the Gothenburg area during the postdoctoral period.

To qualify for the postdoctoral position, the applicant must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field of the particular position. The degree should generally not be older than three years. The applicant must have good presentation skills (oral and written) and a proven ability to publish results from research in academic journals. The applicant must also have knowledge of and proven ability to conduct research in close interaction with industry or other professional organisations. Documented experience of project management and administration, including e.g. successful applications for funding and planning/execution of projects, would be an advantage.

Other highly desirable experiences and skills are:
- Access to a well-developed research network.
- Access to a well-developed professional network.
- Experiences of collaborations with partners outside academia.
- Ability to collaborate, having social skills and the ability to create a stimulating work environment.
- Documented experience in teaching, course development and other education related assignments.
- Experience in working in teams and managing projects.
- Ability and willingness to conduct interdisciplinary research.
- Experience in using qualitative research methods.

Professional service organisations are often project-based, meaning that firms carry out a majority of their business in projects for their clients. Documented experience from conducting social science-oriented studies of cases related to professional service organizations and/or in a project-based organising context would be an advantage.

Our main selection criteria will be research achievements and potential. Second, we will give priority to candidates with experience from international settings, then to those with experience from other universities. Candidates with a PhD degree from Chalmers are expected to have at least one full year experience from an international setting, or another university in Sweden.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170549 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Pernilla Gluch, Ph. D., Professor, Head of Division,, +46-31-7721961
Dan Andersson, Ph. D., Associate professor, Head of Unit,, +46-31-7721339

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!