Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Thematic Studies was the first in Sweden to offer an academic setting for thematically organised, interdisciplinary, socially relevant research. We combine strong research with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses, often in collaboration with actors outside the university. Our point of departure is a critical, reflective approach, and we seek to develop new ways of understanding established social phenomena, in order to benefit both scientific and social development.

hereby advertises a position as
Professor in Environmental Change with focus on Environmental Microbiology and Biogas Research

formally based at the Department of Thematic Studies

Appointment programme
Research at the Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change covers a spectrum of environmental issues related to nature and society. Our strategic research areas include climate change, pollution, energy and resources, as well as learning and communication.

The professorship for which applications are invited will consist of research, supervision of doctoral students, leadership in research, teaching, active responsibility for the development of the division (with respect to both research and education), and collegial participation in intellectual, leadership, and administrative tasks. The professorship includes environmental microbiology in both technical and natural systems, primarily coupled with anaerobic processes, biogas research and environmental sciences. The successful applicant is also expected to lead the activities of the department in the Biogas Research Centre (BRC) hosted by Linköping University  (, which is an innovation arena in which the production of knowledge and expertise takes place in an interplay between researchers and practitioners.

Documented scientific proficiency in:

  • environmentally relevant microbiology concerning anaerobic processes in anthropogenic systems (including biogas production) and in nature, and/or other related fields of research is a requirement
  • several research fields relevant to environmental sciences in addition to biogas research, and an ability to transfer knowledge between different research fields in environmental science, is a particular merit
  • research that is relevant to meet societal challenges, such as recycling of nutrients and natural resources, is a particular merit
  • interdisciplinary research is a particular merit
  • research with high potential within the field, such as hydrogen gas production, biorefinery processes, or process regulation in natural and anthropogenic microbial systems, is a merit. 

Scientific leadership and ability to develop synergies and collaboration within and outside the academic world is a requirement, as is a demonstrated ability to attract external funds.

Documented teaching proficiency in:

  • education at basic and advanced levels (such as course responsibility, course development, supervision of laboratory work), supervision of independent work (at Bachelor and Master levels), and supervision of doctoral students is a requirement
  • research education is a particular merit
  • interdisciplinary teaching is a particular merit
  • problem-based learning is a merit

Documented administrative proficiency in taking responsibility for the work environment and personnel, as well as for creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace is a requirement.

Teaching within the framework for this professorship will be in English, and thus it is a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate documented proficiency in teaching in English. A certain amount of teaching will also be in Swedish.

An applicant who has demonstrated both academic and teaching skills shall be qualified for this appointment.

Grounds for assessment
As grounds for assessment when appointing a professor, the level of proficiency required to qualify for the appointment shall apply.

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching proficiency as to the assessment of scientific proficiency.

For this position special weight is given to scholarly proficiency, followed by teaching proficiency, in turn followed by remaining proficiencies which should be considered equally.
Scholarly proficiency must have been demonstrated through: original research resulting in publication, through planning and managing research and third-cycle courses and study programmes and through the ability to obtain research grants. Scholarly proficiency can also be demonstrated through the ability to achieve results in research through collaboration with other teachers and through the ability to provide information about research.

Teaching proficiency is demonstrated through the ability to convey relevant knowledge and skills, to stimulate students such that they drive their own learning process, to create engagement and interest in the subject area, and the ability to structure and organise both the content and forms of work in relation to the goals of the subject area. In addition, the teaching proficiency must have been demonstrated through the ability to contribute to the development and renewal of education and the ability to reflect on their own attitude to education and the results of their work.

Administrative proficiency and leadership must have been demonstrated through the ability to plan, organise and develop activities and personnel.

Other professional ability must have been demonstrated through experience, education and advanced education, together with development and leadership experience in the profession.

Collaboration with society is an integral part of the research and educational mission of the higher education institution, where the ability to use collaboration with society as a means to raise the quality of the education and research, its relevance, dissemination, accessibility and application may constitute grounds for assessment.

Collaboration within education is demonstrated through the ability to plan, arrange and carry out productive collaboration in an educational context, with the aim of ensuring the relevance of the education and its role in preparing for professional life.

Collaboration within research is demonstrated by the ability to disseminate, make accessible and benefit from research through the production and dissemination of popular scientific material, collaborative projects with external non-academic actors, commissioned consulting as expert, mobility projects, commercialisation, and activities undertaken within the framework of permitted secondary employment.

The applicant should be able to teach in English. It is desirable that the successful candidate with another mother tongue than Swedish should be able to teach in Swedish within two years from being appointed.

Appointment procedure
The position will be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University on the advice of the Appointments Board. A letter of intent will be required of the applicants who make the short list for the position.

Starting date
By agreement.

The University applies individual salary scales based on the experience of the employee and the labour market.

Union representatives
To get in contact with union representatives, see below.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received no later than May 25, 2020.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent in three sets by mail to the University Registrar at Linköping University, University Registrar, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. The publications must be received by Linköping University no later than the deadline for application.

In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent.

Equal Opportunities
A majority of the Professor’s within the Department of Thematic Studies are women, which is why precedence will be given to men in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.


Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact person

Per Gyberg

Head of Department

+46 13 28 5616

Tina Neset

Head of Division

+46 13 28 22 88

Anette Ärlebäck

Secretary of the Appointments Board

+46 13 28 10 92

Camilla Junström Hammar

HR manager

+46 13 28 21 20