Associate Professor in Information Systems with a focus on digital service innovation

Lulea University
April 28, 2024
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Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

Here you have an opportunity to belong to an innovative research environment that develops new knowledge about one of the great societal challenges of our time - to support and understand the digital transformation in companies and in society. At the Information Systems Research Group at Luleå University of Technology, we have a need to employ an associate professor in information systems with a focus on digital service innovation. The information systems research group is part of the Division of Digital Services and Systems which also includes the Center for Distance Spanning Technology and the Center for Security in Society and Critical Infrastructures. The Division consists of about 35 employees including researchers, teachers, and project managers.

The position of the associate professor is at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, where Luleå University of Technology has gathered research in, among other things, computer science, information systems, signals and systems, and automation. The department's turnover is approximately SEK 220 million, of which education accounts for half and external funds for research for the other half. The department has well-developed collaborations with research institutes, industry partners, universities and other authorities in both research projects and student projects. The environment at the department is open, dynamic and brings together researchers from around twenty different nationalities as well as doctoral students and students from all over the world.

Subject description The research subject Information systems focuses on the design and use of information technology in relation to humans, organisations, and societies.

Duties Digital service innovation focuses on societal and individual aspects related to digital transformation and innovation. This research area is founded upon systems- and critical systems thinking, value adding design, participatory design, norm-critical design, participatory design and sustainability theories. Hence, this area aims to influence, anticipate and assess real, as well as potential, implications and societal expectations on digitalization with the endeavor to foster inclusive and sustainable research and innovation. This research is carried out in four areas that complement and contribute to each other: societal digital change, living labs and testbeds, human-centered design and innovation, digital transformation and sustainability.

As an associate professor in Information Systems, you are responsible together with professors and others in the subject for the development of the subject at the undergraduate-, advanced- and research education level. As an associate professor, you are expected to strengthen our research and education profile and contribute to establishing the field internally both in the form of existing and future educations and as a research area on our campus in Luleå. An associate professor is expected to contribute to the university's development work, to ensure that external research funding is provided to the subject and to be available for management and administrative assignments.

The position means that you will:

  • Be responsible for, developing, teaching, and examining courses
  • To follow the subject's international development and to supervise students and PhD students
  • Work with research tasks (e.g., search, lead, and collaborate on research projects, communicate, and disseminate research results through academic publications)
  • Collaborate with the surrounding society
  • Qualifications Qualified for an appointment as associate professor are those who have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise. As much attention must be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise.

    To meet the requirements for the appointment as associate professor, the applicants must:

  • have demonstrated a research profile showing a clear progress after the completion of the doctoral thesis, and scientific contributions equivalent to at least two doctoral theses;
  • have worked as an independent researcher via, for example,
  • research-related commissions of trust as an external expert or a reviewer,
  • experience of applying for and being granted, in competition, external funding for research and development projects,
  • participation in national and/or international research projects, and publications together with researchers within research environments other than the applicant's own environment.
  • have experience of supervising doctoral students, and have been the assistant supervisor for at least one doctoral student for at least two years, unless there are special grounds to the contrary;
  • have demonstrated teaching expertise;
  • completed courses in higher education pedagogy corresponding to 7.5 credits or otherwise have acquired equivalent knowledge;
  • can collaborate with the wider community demonstrated through, for example,
  • dissemination of new knowledge to the wider community,
  • incorporation of societal needs into research and/or education contexts.
  • Assessment criteria

    The following assessment criteria apply for the position:

  • research expertise
  • teaching expertise
  • other assessment criteria.
  • Other assessment criteria (weighted equally):

  • Ability to collaborate with the surrounding society
  • Ability to collaborate within the university
  • Ability to obtain external research and development funding
  • Excellent communication skills in English, verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and establish new research areas
  • Solid publication record of accomplishment in relevant domaina
  • Ability to lead and develop research initiatives
  • Applicants must be willing to learn Swedish and will hopefully communicate in Swedish within a 3-year period. Luleå University of Technology offers tailor- made courses to reach an acceptable level of Swedish.

    Information The position is a permanent full-time employment located in Luleå. Start date by agreement.

    For further information about the position, please contact: Johan Wenngren, Head of Division, +46 (0)920-492059, [email protected] Ahmed Elragal, acting Head of Subject, +46 (0)920-493670, [email protected]

    Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, +46 (0)920-49 1529, [email protected] OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46 (0)920-49 17 92, [email protected]

    In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

    Application We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below and attach the requested application documents including diplomas (certified and translated into Swedish or English), pedagogical self- reflection and publications, etc. We prefer that applicants follows the Instructions for applicants. Note that the applicant´s educational qualifications should be particularly documented. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

    Final day to apply: 18 April 2024 Reference number: 1173-2024

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