Three Associate Lecturers in Innovation and Product Realisation/Innovation and Design

Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden

At Mälardalen University people meet who want to develop themselves and the future. Our 15000 students take courses and study programmes in Business, Health, Engineering and Education. We conduct research within all areas of education and have internationally outstanding research in future energy and embedded systems. Our close cooperation with the private and public sectors enables us at MDH to help people feel better and the earth to last longer. Mälardalen University is located on both sides of Lake Mälaren with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås. At the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering our students are studying to be for example innovators, entrepreneurs, illustrators, communications officers, network technicians and engineers. Here we have the research specialisations of Embedded Systems, and Innovation and Product Realisation. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years
Scope: Full time
Closing date for application: November 30th, 2018
Campus location: Eskilstuna, Sweden
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering

The position as Associate Senior lecturer is within the research specialization Innovation and Product Realisation (IPR), one of six prioritized research specialisations at Mälardalen University. IPR is an interdisciplinary research milieu that consists of researchers, teachers and PhD students with complementary scientific and pedagogic competences in engineering sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts. The vision of IPR is to contribute to sustainable future development and industrial renewal through holistic efforts that take into account people, systems and global challenges in research and education.

The IPR milieu is formally divided into four research groups in which members frequently collaborate between the research groups: The Information Design group applies a human-centered design perspective in cross-disciplinary research projects formulated to improve understanding of how information can be designed, communicated and understood through artefacts in the environment in terms of space, text and visualizations.

The Product and Production Development group creates knowledge about the renewal and development of products and production systems. Primary objectives are to elucidate processes, methods, tools and organizational arrangements that promote innovation and foster the sustainable development of production systems and products, thereby creating conditions that enhance manufacturing companies' competitiveness.

The Value-driven Innovation and Foresight group focuses on how innovation is expressed from a value-creating service perspective, using broad inclusion and democratization through Responsibility Research & Innovation Tools. The group also considers requirements to understand future needs, linking foresight and world analysis with the development of future business models.

The Workplace Innovation and Quality Management group uses and develops analytical tools and methods for handling and enabling processes of change in which employees participate, and explores ways to develop innovative skills through better understanding of social systems’ dynamics.

Position description

A position as Associate Senior Lecturer is a fixed-term merit-rated appointment of at least four and at no more than six years in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 12a. The purpose of the employment is that the teacher shall be given the opportunity to develop his or her autonomy as a researcher and to become qualified both academically and pedagogically to fulfil the requirements for appointment as a Senior Lecturer. The position as Associate Senior Lecturer involves 75% research and 25% teaching. Research will be conducted within one of the research groups to strengthen the IPR development of a research profile on future production systems. Please indicate in your application which one of the four research groups that you are most interested in. Depending on competence, as an Associate Senior Lecturer you will also be teaching in our 1st, 2nd and 3rd level education. The research education subject in the 3rd level education is Innovation & Design, and the 1st and 2nd level education is within at least one of the following education subjects/programs:

  • Bachelor education in Information Design, with specialization in Informative Illustration, Interaction Design, Spatial Design or Text Design,
  • Innovation Management (for example Project Management, Additive Manufacturing,  Foresight and Business Intelligence),
  • Master of Science in Innovation and Design,
  • Product and Process Development: Engineering programs of 3 and 5 years, and a two-year Master of Science program in product and production development.

After 4 years as an Associate Senior lecturer the applicant is expected to be qualified as an associate professor (Docent in Swedish) as per the rules and regulations at Mälardalen University.

Qualification requirements

The qualification requirements for appointment as an Associate Senior Lecturer are primarily a degree of Doctor, or equivalent academic skills, no more than five years before the closing date for application for the post of Associate Senior Lecturer has expired. A person who has a degree of Doctor, or has previously acquired equivalent skills may, however, be considered if there are particular reasons for this. Such particular reasons may leave of absence on account of illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances. The applicant should have completed ten weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge. A person appointed as an Associate Senior Lecturer but lacking training in higher education teaching and learning will be offered inhouse training during the first year. The course in higher education teaching and learning at Mälardalen University corresponds to ten weeks of training. The qualification requirements for appointment as an Associate Senior Lecturer requires you to fulfil the requirements for a Senior Lecturer in accordance with the Appointments Procedure for Mälardalen University.!/Menu/general/columncontent/attachment/Anstallningsordning_larare_MDH_312811_1_1.pdf

To be qualified for appointment as a Senior Lecturer the applicant must have demonstrated the academic skills and teaching abilities required for the appointment. Academic skills may also have been demonstrated by the ability to achieve results in research through collaboration in joint projects of benefit to academia and industry/the public sector/society in general and through the ability to disseminate research. The assessment of teaching skills shall apply to the planning, carrying out and evaluation of teaching as well as supervision and examination. Teaching skills shall be well documented in such a way that their quality can also be assessed.

Assessment criteria

In general terms the assessment criteria shall be based on the ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to fulfil the duties well. With regard to the nature of this merit-rated employment, the applicant’s academic and teaching merits will be assessed above all in respect of quality. A quantitative precedent of an applicant, which can be explained by the applicant having worked for a longer period, will therefore not be decisive. A quantitative precedent of an applicant, which can be explained by the applicant having worked for a longer period, will therefore not be decisive. Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organisation.



Following merits on an Associate Senior Lecturer (biträdande lektor) in Innovation and Product Realisation/Innovation and Design:

  • The applicant has documented experience of working within the manufacturing industry or any equivalent experience
  • The applicant has documented research experience of co-production with the manufacturing industry or any equivalent experience Pedagogical skills in his/her subject field, and proven skills to develop courses and education programs
  • The applicant has an interest to supervise PhD students Master the English and Swedish languages or have the ambition to learn Swedish
  • The applicant has ability to collaborate with the surrounding society, representing the University, and to disseminate information regarding research and development work
  • The applicant is communicative, works in a structured manner, quality-consciousness, autonomous and good at collaborating
  • The applicant has administrative capabilities

On promotion to a post as senior lecturer

At the end of the employment as an Associate Senior Lecturer the applicant has the right to be considered for employment as a Senior Lecturer. A basic requirement is that the applicant shall meet the requirements set to be admitted as an Associate Professor at Mälardalen University.


Make your application by clicking the button “Apply” below. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than the closing date of application. We look forward to receiving your application. We decline all contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment. We decline all  contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment.


Anders Fundin
Director of Research, IPR
016-15 32 51

Yvonne Eriksson
Vice Dean, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering
Michaël Le Duc

Union representative SACO
021-10 14 02

Susanne Meijer
Union representative OFR
021-10 14 89

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