Professor of Media and Communication Studies

We are looking for a professor of media and communication studies with a specialisation in strategic communication for a permanent position at the School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is media and communication studies.


The School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (HumES) offers bachelor’s and master’s education within a wide range of subjects and fields, in the form of both freestanding courses and study programmes. In addition, the school is host to prominent research and doctoral study programmes. Its activities are characterised by cross-disciplinary cooperation and a desire to continuously develop both education and research.

As a subject, media and communication studies is oriented towards social science and humanities. It has extensive research activities and a strong international profile. Currently, faculty consists of three professors, one professor emeritus, thirteen senior lecturers (of which five are docents), two researchers, three lecturers, and three doctoral students.

On the research side, media and communication studies at Örebro University has three profile areas: Discourse, Communication and Media; Moving Images and Screen Cultures; and Strategic Communication. By creating this position, the subject wishes to reinforce the profile area of strategic communication, that is, professional communication aiming to meet long-term and organisational goals (for example, risk communication, crisis communication, public relations, the communication and PR work of public institutions and authorities, and organisational communication). For more information, see

Two bachelor’s programmes are offered within the subject – the Media, Communication and PR Programme and the Film Studies Programme. In addition, our course range includes a number of freestanding national and international courses. We also offer a one-year international master’s programme in strategic communication.

Duties and responsibilities

As professor, you are expected to take a leading role within the subject. You will spend most of your working hours on research activities and doctoral education, but also on courses and study programmes at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Your duties and responsibilities also include working actively to bring in external research grants to the subject, take overall responsibility for its research activities, and contribute to developments within the subject field nationally and internationally. As professor, you are expected to communicate and collaborate around your own and the subject’s research activities. Administrative duties are also included.

You are expected to make yourself available for management and administrative assignments at the university. Through presence and dedication you are expected to take special responsibility for supporting a collegial and inclusive atmosphere within the organisation.

We expect the position holder to have a high degree of workplace presence and to engage in various duties and responsibilities within the subject.


A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise is qualified for employment as a professor.

The applicant is required to have completed qualifying courses on teaching and learning in higher education, or equivalent, corresponding to ten weeks, as well as courses on supervising doctoral students. Knowledge and skills equivalent to such courses may also be assessed to establish whether these provide eligibility. This assessment will be made by Örebro University. If either of these requirements are not met, the successful applicant is expected to complete the requisite training course(s) within two years of their appointment.

Assessment criteria

When appointing a professor, the degree of the expertise required within research activities and teaching respectively is assessed. The assessment criteria research expertise and teaching expertise both encompass a consideration of collaborative and leadership skills. In addition, the applicant’s suitability for the position is assessed, meaning for instance that the applicant has the personal qualities required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities at hand, the ability to cooperate, and the ability to contribute to the development of the operations.

Research expertise

The applicant’s research expertise is demonstrated through their independent research contributions. These are to significantly exceed the qualifications required for appointment as a docent, in terms of both quality and quantity. Scientific publications are to be at a high continuous level and published in quality-assured channels of relevance to the subject in question. Research expertise includes the ability to obtain funding in competition, experience of serving in academic positions of trust, and experience of doctoral supervision. In addition, research expertise encompasses leadership and administrative skills, notably the ability to initiate, organise and lead research projects or research teams, as well as collaborative skills, notably the ability to conduct research in collaboration with the wider community.

Applicants demonstrating a high degree of research expertise through successful research within strategic communication is at a particular advantage.

Teaching expertise

Teaching expertise is demonstrated through the ability to teach and supervise at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, the ability to draw on research in teaching, as well as the ability to develop students’ self-learning and interest in the subject. Teaching expertise also includes considerable ability to independently take responsibility for planning, implementing, examining and evaluating courses and study programmes, as well as the ability to contribute to and lead the pedagogical development of teaching. In addition, leadership skills, such as the ability to organise and coordinate study programmes or other educational activities, as well as collaboration and public engagement skills, such as the ability to develop and implement training courses for outside the higher education sector, are also included.

Other assessment aspects

Having the ability to teach and perform administrative duties in both Swedish and English is a requirement. If the successful candidate does not possess such skills, they are expected to acquire them within two years of taking up the position.


This is a permanent full-time position. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, and positions announced are, where appropriate, subject to a trial period.

For more information about the position, contact the head of subject, Professor Göran Eriksson, +46 19 30 38 15, email:, or Head of Division Annika Gardhorn, +46 19 30 39 56, email:

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change, take responsibility for their work and performance, demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development, as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Örebro University aims to improve the gender balance among professors and especially encourages female candidates to apply.


Apply for the position via Örebro University’s website. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Teaching portfolio (as instructed in Örebro University’s guidelines)
  • Research portfolio
  • Publication list
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish can be reviewed.

More information for applicants can be found on our career site:

The application deadline is 2022-10-28. We look forward to receiving your application!

After the application deadline, no supplements can be made electronically. If you have scientific publications that cannot be attached electronically to the application, you will, once the external experts have been appointed, receive instructions on how the missing publications can be submitted.

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.