Associate Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies

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.


The School of Arts and Communication (K3) is a multidisciplinary department within the Faculty of Culture and Society. We have around 100 employees and 1,100 students, and we offer interdisciplinary education at first-cycle, second-cycle and third-cycle levels in media, culture and design. Here, traditional scientific and academic theory are combined with artistic methods and practical elements. We bring together art, culture, technology, design and communication in new and innovative ways, in both pedagogy, research and collaboration. In terms of organisation, the department contains three units: Design, Humanities, Language and Cultural Production, and Media and Communication Studies.

K3 has a wide range of educational programmes at first- and second-cycle levels, as well as many independent courses in subjects related to different types of storytelling, media and communication studies, cultural journalism, visual communication, interaction design and graphic design. There are also several practical courses in media production. K3 also offers doctoral education in media and communication studies as well as interaction design.

The department attracts employees from several different disciplines, from design and information technology to media research and cultural studies. In both our educational programmes and research, scientific theory and knowledge are combined with artistic methods and practical skills. K3’s employees with various kinds of expertise include professors, senior lecturers, doctoral students and lecturers, who draw their expertise from the industries they are, or have been, active in. Many of our teachers and researchers are active in groups and networks such as Comics Research, Artist Based Research, Nordic Network for Research on Working-Class Literature, Oral History and research programmes such as the Data Society as well as the research platforms RedemMedea and Collaborative Future making and the Internet of Things and People (IoTaP) research centre. A large part of the teaching and research is carried out together with external partners and stakeholders.

Read more about the School of Arts and Communication 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 shall initially allow scope for research, but shall also contain opportunities to develop one’s teaching skills. University teaching training shall be included in the scope of the appointment.

Associate Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies

The duties mainly include research (at least 50 %) in Media and Communication Studies.

Media and Communication Studies is a well-established research and teaching subject at the School of Arts and Communication (K3). Media and Communication Studies (MKV) offers opportunities for those at the start of their careers to become part of K3’s and Malmö University’s future. MKV provides a cohesive environment with education at first-, second- and third-cycle levels, and collaboration between teaching and research. We also have many active researchers, working both internationally and nationally, within K3 and our various research programmes and platforms at the University. The focus is on the importance of media for culture and society, as well as in people’s everyday life and ways of thinking. The perspectives are historical, contemporary and critical, and relate to the changing power relations and issues of intersectionality. Examples of research specialisation areas include activism and social movements, journalism, audiences, migration and datafication. Parts of the research are conducted within the framework of the interdisciplinary field of Communication for Development.

The Associate Senior Lecturer will be associated with one of the research specialisation areas at K3 and will be given the opportunity to teach at several different levels. Since our courses are taught in both Swedish and English, it is important that the successful applicant can teach in these languages.


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 Media and Communication Studies or equivalent.
  • Documented proficiency in Swedish and English, both orally and in writing.

The following would be of benefit for the position:

Knowledge of or experience of working with one or more of the following:

  • Documented research activity in fields relevant to the position, for example activism and social movements, journalism, public activities, migration, datafication
  • Documented experience of university teaching, relevant to the field of media and communication studies
  • Experience of teaching qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Strategic communication
  • Media production
  • Experience in teaching students from non-academic backgrounds
  • 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 possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position 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, administration and collaboration with external third parties. 

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

Head of Unit Charlotte Asbjørn Sörensen

Head of Department Annika Olsson

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

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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 April 3, 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 2022/55 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 2022/55.  

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
  • A brief account of research, teaching 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
  • 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 4 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 Media and Communication 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 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:

  • Experience in planning and conducting research that shows (qualitatively and quantitatively) significant progression within the specified research area related to the position. Emphasis will be placed on publications, as well as on a demonstrated ability to apply for external funding.
  • Demonstrated ongoing recognition and active participation in the research community.
  • Demonstrated significant progression in pedagogical skills through varied initiatives in education, such as planning, implementation (with different teaching and examination methods) and quality assurance. In addition, a reflective approach to one’s own pedagogical development must be shown.
  • Documented collaboration skills with wider society regarding education and research.

In addition to the formal competence, the University’s employees must have the personal skills and capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way. In order to be considered for promotion, you must have shown good ability to collaborate with others in research and teaching, as well as in development and administration work.

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!