Associate Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies


Ref REK 2022/84

These announcements of Associate Senior Lecturer positions are a part of Malmö University’s career development initiative implemented in 2022.

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, we carry out research and teaching in many of the leading issues of today – for example, regarding global politics, new media and sustainable urban development – within the fields of humanities, social sciences and design. We foster a creative, dynamic and cross-border academic environment, characterised by a high degree of internationalisation and collaboration with others, both within and outside academia. 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. Read more about the Faculty of Culture and Society here.


Urban Studies (US) is a multi-disciplinary department with about 100 employees and 2,000 students. We conduct research in the fields of urban studies, transport studies, real estate studies, sustainability studies and organisation studies. We focus on theoretically informed and empirically based research. We study economic, social, cultural, material and discursive change processes, with a focus on the city and its development. We also study organisations and leadership using an interdisciplinary approach, with a special focus on relationships. In our research environment, we conduct cross-border scientific exploration centred on the complex nature of modern society and organisations.

Within the department, education is provided at first-, second- and third-cycle levels. The knowledge and research area of organisation studies is closely related to the department's education and research, and we are currently applying for third-cycle education rights in this subject. The department has well-developed contacts with the business community, the public sector and the non-governmental sector. In addition to programmes and courses in organisation and leadership at first- and second-cycle levels, the department offers a third-cycle programme and two second-cycle (120 credits) programmes in urban studies, as well as programmes in urban planning, environmental science and real estate studies.

Read more about the Department of Urban Studies (US) here.

The Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA)

CTA is a multidisciplinary research centre with a focus on work life, leadership, organisation, the work environment and security awareness. Activities include joint research projects, open seminars and collaboration with wider society. Read more about the Centre for Applied Working Life Research and Evaluation here.

Work duties

The purpose of a fixed-term employment as an Associate Senior Lecturer is to provide an opportunity to develop oneself both scientifically and pedagogically in the relevant field in order to meet the requirements for eligibility for a position as Senior Lecturer.

This career development position will initially leave room for research but also include opportunities to develop one’s teaching skills. University teaching training shall be included in the scope of the appointment.

Associate Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies

This position is a step towards strengthening our coherent environments in a collaboration between the Department of Urban Studies (US) and the Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA). The duties mainly include research (at least 50 %) in Organisation Studies. Areas where we conduct research and where we want the Associate Senior Lecturer to contribute are value-based leadership, ethics in organisations, sustainable leadership, cross-sectoral collaborations and topics in psychosocial and organisational work environments. The focus is on organisations as fundamental to our society and everyday life, studied with critical perspectives regarding societal challenges and power relations. We particularly focus on collaboration and interaction between the public, private and idea-based sectors, with their various organisational structures.

Read more about research in Organisation Studies here.

As Associate Senior Lecturer you will actively contribute to the development of the field of Organisation Studies as described above. You are expected to conduct independent, high-quality research, which includes initiating research, publishing scientific papers and writing research applications aimed at external research funders. You will also contribute to the department’s and the centre’s research environments, as well as collaborate and exchange knowledge with other researchers and the surrounding society. This may include participating in seminars, conferences and workshops.

As Associate Senior Lecturer you conduct independent teaching with course and possibly program responsibility. You also handle examination at first- and second-cycle levels, and conduct pedagogical development work. Associate Senior Lecturers are expected to contribute to teaching and course development in Organisation Studies. Teaching and assessment tasks take place in both Swedish and English. Active participation in the department’s quality development and academic environment are also part of the responsibilities.

Teaching is conducted at first-cycle level, but may also include teaching at second-cycle level. See the description of our programmes and courses here.

The position also includes administrative tasks related to the duties listed above.


A person qualified for appointment as an Associate Senior Lecturer is a person who has been awarded a PhD or has the corresponding research expertise. Primary consideration should be given to a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise within five years of the deadline for application for employment as an associate senior lecturer. However, a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise at an earlier date may also be considered if there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances are sick leave, parental leave or other similar circumstances. 

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Doctoral degree in a subject relevant to organisation studies, e.g., business administration, psychology or sociology
  • Documented proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

The following would be of benefit for the position:

  • Documented research in fields relevant for the position
  • Documented experience of university teaching relevant to the field of organisation studies
  • Documented teaching and research experience in line with Malmö University's vision of contributing to a sustainable and equal society
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary academic environment.

In addition to formal competence, the University’s employees must also possess the personal skills and capacities necessary to perform their duties well, and to represent the University in the best possible way. To apply for the position, you should be able to work well with others, both in research and teaching, as well as in development and administration.

Swedish is the main language at Malmö University and most of our teaching is carried out in Swedish. Therefore, if Associate Senior Lecturers do not have documented proficiency in Swedish, we require that they learn the language within two years.

Assessment criteria

According to the Appointment Rules at Malmö University, the assessment criteria for a position as Associate Senior Lecturer are:

  • The quality and focus of the doctoral thesis
  • Documented proficiency in independently conducting research of a high quality
  • 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 questions regarding the position, please contact:

Kerstin Sandell, Head of Department, Department of Urban Studies,, 040-665 73 20

Sandra Jönsson, Director of the CTA,, 040-6657604

Cecilia Lindblom, Head of Unit for Leadership, Organisation and Business,, 040-6657756

For practical questions regarding the employment and recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Elin Tegnestedt,

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.

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You 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 job advertisement, and that it is submitted to the University no later than May 22 2022. The application must be written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages. As an applicant, you are responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The rules for appointment of teaching staff at Malmö University are regulated in the Appointment Rules at Malmö University.

Merits and qualifications must be documented according to Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers 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 2022/84 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 2022/84. 

According to Malmö University’s qualifications portfolio, the application must include:

  • Documentation of research expertise
  • Documentation of teaching expertise
  • Documentation of expertise in engagement with wider society

The application must also include:

  • Personal qualifications portfolio (personal data, employment history as well as competencies and skills)
  • Copies of degree certificates and other relevant certificates (in English, Swedish or another Nordic language)
  • A brief account of research, teaching and other activities relevant to the position to which the application pertains (no more than two pages)
  • A declaration of intent on how the applicant envisions their future research development during the coming years and on how the applicant foresees their contribution to the research environment at the department as described in this announcement (no more than two pages)
  • The doctoral thesis
  • The primary scientific and educational work to be considered (maximum three of each)


This position as full-time Associate Senior Lecturer is, in accordance to the Higher Education Ordinance, limited for a period of four years, with the possibility of being promoted to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if the requirements are met.

For promotion to Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies

During the period of employment, an Associate Senior Lecturer can apply for appointment to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if he or she has the required qualifications listed below, and is deemed to be suitable.

Qualification requirements

  • A PhD or has the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties that it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise
  • University teacher training corresponding to at least 15 credits, or corresponding formal university teacher training, which is determined through validation

Additional requirements:

During the period of employment as an Associate Senior Lecture, you should have:

  • Planned and carried out research which demonstrates, in quality and quantity, a significant progression in the specific research area related to the position. Emphasis will be placed on publications and demonstrated ability to seek external funding.
  • Demonstrated increasing recognition and active participation in the research community.
  • Demonstrated significant progression in pedagogical skills through varied efforts in education, such as planning and implementation, using different teaching and examination methods. In addition, a reflective approach to one’s own pedagogical development should be demonstrated.
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate with the wider society in terms of education and research.

In addition to formal competences, the University’s employees should have the personal skills needed to perform their job well and to represent the University in the best possible way. To be considered for promotion, you must have a proven ability to work with others, both in research and teaching, as well as in development and administration.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a Senior Lecturer 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 other qualifying criteria (Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

A Senior Lecturer must be established within their scientific field, taking into account the nature and tradition of the subject specialisation.

A Senior Lecturer must demonstrate:

  • Documented competence in the field
  • Documented ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a clear connection to education and research

Teaching expertise relates to:

  • Documented ability to carry out and lead education using various teaching methods within higher education
  • Documented experience in pedagogical development work and a reflective presentation of their own   pedagogical outlook and practices
  • Documented ability to link research and education with regards to both content and teaching

Scientific proficiency relates to:

  • Documented ability to independently conduct research of a high quality
  • Research within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • Active participation in the scientific community

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

At the earliest convenience or by agreement.

Union representatives

SACO, Rebecka Johansson,  
OFR, Martin Reissner,   


We are looking forward to receiving your application!


You apply no later than 22/05/2022 by clicking the apply button.