Professor in Sports Pedagogy


Ref REK 2022/33

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 for Education and Society is characterised by innovative thinking regarding the design of its study programmes and collaboration with schools, municipalities, organisations and the private sector. The faculty has approximately 9000 students and 370 employees.

The faculty educates, among others, sports scientists, historians, teachers, special needs pedagogues, special needs teachers, and study and career counsellors. The faculty offers second- and third-cycle programmes, freestanding courses, contract education and possibilities for continuing professional development.


Since the turn of the century, the Department for Sport Sciences (IDV) has become one of the largest, internationally renowned research centres for sports sciences in Sweden. The environment is interdisciplinary with emphasis on social sciences and humanities. One of our overriding ambitions is to conduct research with social relevance. Our point of departure is that sport must be understood and analysed in relation to society, but also that the importance of sport is such that it inevitably has a corresponding impact on society itself.

The department has sizable collaboration with the surrounding society through, for instance, Malmö idrottsakademi (Malmö Sports Academy), a centre for sustainable elite sport. We run research and collaborative projects with, among others, Mistra Sport and Outdoor and Malmö Youth Sport Study. We have a large research base and form part of several doctoral schools, including the newly founded Hållbar daglig rörelse i förskolor och skolor (Sustainable daily locomotion in pre-schools and schools).

The Department for Sport Sciences collaborates closely with schools in the region under the student placement scheme (VFU) within the teacher training programme. Our sport science programme also has student collaboration with the broad sports science labour market.

Our department has a strong seminar-based culture. Our weekly research seminar serves as an important meeting point for our interdisciplinary research environment. Every month, we also arrange a seminar for our doctoral students. Within sport sciences, there is a research group with a specific interest in pedagogical and didactic issues connected to sport, physical activity and health. Our research on sports pedagogy also has a clear link to courses within the teacher training programme, and we work actively to strengthen the link between our education programmes and research.

Work duties

The announcement of this professorship at the Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, is part of a combined effort to hire four professors with pedagogical knowledge. All calls will be made during February 2022.

As a professor in sports pedagogy, you will conduct research, teach, and carry out collaborative activities within the area of sport pedagogy. According to the standard working hours agreement, professors conduct research 30 per cent of their time; for this position an extra 20 per cent financing is being offered via direct government funding for research, for the first four years. As a professor, you will contribute actively to the department’s research environment by leading research teams and scientific seminars and by forming part of the institution’s Strategic Advisory Board for Research, Education and Collaboration.

Your responsibilities also include:

  • acting as a driving force for developing the sports pedagogy research environment
  • developing and strengthening research-links in our study programmes, primarily in teacher training programmes
  • teaching and supervising doctoral students
  • actively applying for external research funds as well as supporting colleagues applying for such funds.


A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor except in disciplines in the fine, applied or performing arts (Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

A teacher at Malmö University is expected to have university teacher training corresponding to at least 15 credits, or corresponding formal university teacher training, which is determined through validation.

New staff members lacking this training must, within the scope of their appointment, commence such training within one year of assuming their position. A professor must have undergone university teacher training as well as a formalised teacher training, including supervision of doctoral students in accordance with the university's recommendations.

Specific requirements for this position:

A doctoral degree in the humanities or a social sciences subject (for example, sports science, educational sciences or pedagogy) and professorial expertise within the research field of sports pedagogy:

  • documented experience of completing and publishing sports science research related to issues within pedagogy and/or didactics
  • experience of developing and leading research, collaborative and educational environments
  • written and spoken fluency in English and Swedish as stipulated by Malmö University’s language policy
  • documented cooperative and collegial ability.

 The following would be of benefit for the position:

  • good experience of working in interdisciplinary environments
  • documented good ability of obtaining external research funding.

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. To be eligible for the role, you must have an excellent capacity to collaborate with others, for purposes of research and teaching and for development work and administration. 

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research or artistic expertise (Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

A professor must be well established within their scientific field and internationally recognised, taking into account the nature and tradition of the subject specialisation. The level of expertise shall significantly exceed the requirements for an appointment as associate professor. 

A professor must demonstrate:

  • documented competence in their field
  • documented ability to lead and develop academic environments, as well as documented management experience
  • documented ability to communicate and collaborate with other societal actors with a clear connection to education and research.

Teaching expertise relates to:

  • documented ability to – and with a high degree of quality – plan, develop, carry out and lead education using various teaching methods at the first-, second- and third-cycle level
  • documented experience in pedagogical development work and a reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
  • documented ability to link research and education at the first-, second- and third-cycle level with regards to both content and teaching
  • documented extensive experience in third-cycle education. This may include proven experience within planning, admission, work with study plans and course development, examination, supervision leading up to public defense, and experience as a principal supervisor.

Scientific proficiency relates to:

  • research within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • documented ability to initiate, plan, develop, carry out and lead research of a high quality and with international impact
  • documented ability to communicate research within and beyond the scientific community
  • documented ability to engage in international research collaborations
  • documented ability to attract external research funding in competition with consideration given to the nature and tradition of the discipline
  • documented anchoring within the scientific community.

Further information

Head of department, Torun Mattsson, +46709655307, torun.mattsson

Professor, Susanna Hedenborg, , +46406658385,

Professor, Johan R Norberg, + 46406658275,

HR-specialist, Christina Magnusson, +46406658527,

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 2022-08-15. 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 2022/33 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 2022/33.

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 10 of each).



Full-time position, employed until further notice.

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

2023-08-01 or by agreement

Union representatives

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

 We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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