Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development and Social Change

General information 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 of Culture and Society
The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. Read more here.

The School of Arts and Communication (K3)
The School of Arts and Communication is part of the multidisciplinary Faculty of Culture and Society. Also known by its acronym K3 (after the Swedish name Konst, Kultur och Kommunikation), our school has approximately 80 faculty members and 1,000 full-time students. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of media, interaction design and cultural studies. Our programmes and courses include English, Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Journalism, Visual Communication, Interaction Design as well as a range of courses in different types of media production. At K3, we combine traditional scholarship and academic knowledge with artistic methods and practical skills. In our teaching and research, art, technology, design and communication converge in new and innovative ways. Read more about K3 here

Research at K3 is multi- and interdisciplinary, and is known internationally for contributing foundational knowledge and practical application to the fields of design, media, culture and the arts. Our researchers are active in research platforms such as MedeaCollaborative Future Making and Rethinking[US1]Democracy as well as the Internet of Things and People research centre and the Data Society research programme. K3 research is frequently carried out in collaboration with external stakeholders. 

About the position

As senior lecturer in Communication for Development and Social Change you are expected to conduct research and be involved in different research networks. The position also involves independent teaching, course management, supervision and examination of master’s theses, educational development work, collaboration with external stakeholders, international research partners and the wider society. This specific position involves teaching primarily within the programme Communication for Development, an online master’s programme working with a global student group of around 100 students. As K3 is an interdisciplinary school, teaching within other programmes and courses may also occur. 

As a senior lecturer, you are expected to participate in university-wide and departmental research development, education and collaboration, and to contribute to the development of knowledge and research – both independently and together with other researchers working at the department and university.


Those qualified for appointment as a senior lecturer are, except in disciplines in the fine, applied or performing arts, a person who has demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded 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 (Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

A university teacher at Malmö university is expected to have a pedagogical higher education comprising at least 15 higher education credits, or equivalent formalized higher pedagogical education. New employees who do not have this training are required, within the framework of their employment, to begin such training within one year from the start of the employment

In order to qualify for this specific position, the applicant must have:

  • Completed PhD degree in a subject of relevance to Communication for Development
  • Research profile in Communication for Development or similar subject 
  • Documented competence in research-based teaching
  • A high level of proficiency to teach, research and communicate in English
  • Good collaboration skills

The specific merits for this employment are:

  • Experience in teaching and research on developing countries and the global South
  • Experience of teaching and working in an online, blended environment 
  • Knowledge of media theories and practices in the context of humanitarian or development communication in a historical as well as contemporary perspective
  • Additional language proficiency

All invoked qualifications and skills must be accompanied with supportive documentation. 

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as senior lecturer shall be the degree of expertise required as qualification for employment. Pedagogical/teaching and scientific/research qualifications and merits carry equal weight in the assessment. Each higher education institution determines itself what assessment criteria are otherwise to apply to the appointment of a senior lecturer. (Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance)

A senior lecturer must demonstrate: 

  • Documented competence in their 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

Further information

Sara Bjärstorp, Head of Department, 
Rebecca Nordh, HR specialist, 

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 2020-06-22. The application should be in English. 

The application must include:

  • Signed curriculum vitae
  • Copies of relevant certificates and supportive documentation for pedagogical merits and collaborative skills
  • 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 five of each)
  • References

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 2020/131 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 2020/131.

Additional information

This is a permanent full-time position. A probationary period of 6 months will apply. 

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in Sweden at the start of the appointment.

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

Starting date

Starting date 21 January 2021 or by earliest convenience and agreement.

Union representatives

SACO-S, Rebecka Johansson, 
OFR, Martin Reissner,

We look forward to receiving your application!