Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Urban Research (Urban Humanities)


Ref REK 2021/25

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.


At the Faculty of Culture and Society, research and education concerns many of the major issues of our time – for example those dealing with global politics, new media and sustainable urban development – from humanistic, social science, and design science perspectives.

The faculty is a creative, evolving and cross-border academic environment characterised by a high degree of internationalisation and collaboration with others, both inside and outside the academy. We are located in the centre of Malmö, but our perspectives cover the whole world. We are organised into three departments: Urban Studies, Global Political Studies and the School of Arts and Communication.


The department of Urban Studies is characterised by three core features: dynamic interdisciplinary research; a professional organisation; and a highly qualified faculty. The Department comprises around 95 researchers and teachers, as well as 2000 students. We have a strong emphasis on theory-driven empirical research and teaching informed by the social and behavioral sciences. Our research centers around five fields: Urban Studies, Transport Studies, Real Estate Science, Sustainable Studies and Organization Studies. We are building collaboration within four main intersecting themes: Housing, Real Estate and Urban Renewal; Transport, Mobilities and Urban Business Development; Risk Management and Urban Ecology; and Work and Organisational Psychology and Organisation Studies. Across these themes, we unite around cultural, economic, material, social and discursive processes of change.

Furthermore, we collaborate with our well-established networks within the public sector, the corporate sector and civil society.  The department offers a PhD programme and masters programs in Urban Studies, as well as bachelor programmes encompassing city planning, environmental studies, transport and logistics, real estate science as well as both masters and bachelor level studies in organisation and leadership. Read more about the Department of Urban Studies here.

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.

The Institute for Urban Research is based at the Department of Urban Studies

Work duties

The post-doctoral position is for two years. The main task is to conduct research within Urban humanities. More specifically the work duties are:

  • Follow a self-proposed research agenda
  • Publish academic writings
  • Actively participate in, and organize, activities at the Institute for Urban Research such as seminars, workshops and retreats
  • Contribute to the Institute’s efforts to seek additional external funding
  • Contribute to the intellectual and social environment of both the Institute for Urban Research and the Department of Urban Studies
  • The postdoctoral researcher with a Humanities background will assist in developing an ‘Urban Humanities’ research cluster

Teaching and other duties may also be included, but up to no more than 20 percent of the working hours.


A postdoc is primarily employed to conduct research. They have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree considered on par with a doctoral degree. This is primarily relevant to people who have completed their doctoral degree no more 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.

The position is open for all urban scholars with a background in Humanities.

Specific requirements for this position:

  • PhD in Urban Studies or related field with a profile in Humanities
  • Documented excellent communication skills in English in both speech and writing

The following would be of benefit for the position:

  • Documented experience of working in a multidisciplinary research environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society


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

Accordning to the Appointment Rules at Malmö University, the assessment crieteria for a position as Postdoctor are:

  • 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 the Institute for Urban Research: Guy Baeten, Director, 0406657962,

For the Department of Urban Studies: Kerstin Sandell, Head of Department, 0406657320,

For general employment and procedural questions, contact Human Resources, Rebecca Nordh,  

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 6th of April 2021. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages, the applicant is responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The educational qualifications may be documented with guidance from Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers at Malmö University. 

See also Appointment Rules at Malmö University.

Books and any other documents, such as publications, that cannot be sent electronically should be sent in triplicate in an envelope marked with reference number REK 2021/25 and posted to the HR Department, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö. If the documents weigh more than 2 kg, they should be sent to the delivery address: HR Department, Malmö University, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with reference number REK 2021/25.

The application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Doctoral degree certificate
  • Copies of other relevant certificates
  • Educational letter of intent
  • A brief account of scientific, educational and other activities relevant to the position to which the application pertains, including a description of how the applicant envisions their future research and teaching.
  • List of scientific and educational work
  • The primary scientific and educational work being cited (maximum three of each)
  • A research proposal of maximum three pages excluding references


This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of two years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Swedish Agency for Government Employers, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

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.

Start date

1 September 2021 or at the earliest convenience or by agreement.

Union representatives

Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson,  

OFR, Martin Reissner,


We are looking forward to receiving your application!


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