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OPEN POSITIONS Associate Senior Lecturer in Business Administration, Specialising in Marketing

Type of employment: Fixed-term position, up to 4 years

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Business Administration, Gothenburg

First day of employment: By agreement.

Reference number: PAR 2017/1332


The School of Business, Economics and Law offers a unique breadth, with over 3 700 full-time students, 470 staff members, 160 international partner universities, four departments and three main subject areas – business, economics and law. The uniqueness is also manifested in the School’s close collaboration with trade, industry and the public sector. The School of Business, Economics and Law is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA and is thereby the only Triple Crown-accredited business school in Sweden.

The Department of Business Administration is the largest department at the School of Business, Economics and Law and carries out extensive research and education in the areas of business administration and economic geography. The Department has a staff of approximately 160, of whom 28 are PhD students, and is also host to a large number of externally employed doctoral students and international visiting research fellows. The department is divided into four sections: Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics, Management & Organisation, Marketing and Accounting. The department also has several research centres. The advertised position is hosted by the Marketing section. The Marketing section’s central areas of research and teaching are consumer marketing, experiential marketing, service marketing & tourism, sustainable consumption and consumer behaviour. Market construction, trade and consumption as well as market communication and brand strategy are other core areas. The section staff are extensively involved in the research centres.


Subject area

Business administration specialising in marketing.

Specific subject description

As part of the interdisciplinary project SWEMARC, the Department of Business Administration is now accepting applications for a position as associate senior lecturer in business administration specialising in marketing, with a particular focus on tourism and the effects of mariculture on society.


In 2050, the world’s population is expected to exceed 9.5 billion. The task of producing nutritious food for everybody in a sustainable manner is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Despite the fact that 71 % of the surface of our planet is covered by water, fish and other seafood from mariculture currently make up a very small share of the total food production. In 2015, the Swedish Mariculture Research Centre at the University of Gothenburg (SWEMARC) was selected as one of six projects to receive funding within the framework of the University of Gothenburg Centres for Global Societal Challenges (UGOT Challenges) initiative. SWEMARC has gathered a number of leading research teams in the areas of business administration, political science, law, oceanography, biology and design.

Job assignments

The position as associate senior lecturer constitutes the initial step in a career development system, and the job assignment consists of teaching (50 %) and research (50 %), approximately. The research is expected to be compatible with the subject area description given above. The research, the extent of which is expected to correspond to 50 % of full time, will be carried out within the framework of the SWEMARC project with an ambition to analyse existing methods and models for describing the economic, socio-cultural and environmental effects of mariculture. The project aims to contribute new models and methods for assessing which values and costs mariculture generates and how mariculture affects local populations, tourists and other relevant groups. The holder of the position will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary project and to be interested in collaborating with researchers in other fields. The teaching, the extent of which is expected to correspond to 50% of full time, will be carried out at both undergraduate and Master’s level and within a variety of focus areas at the Marketing section.


According to Chapter 4, Sections 12a and 12b of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100), an associate senior lecturer may be employed for an indefinite period but for no longer than four years in order to enable her or him to develop research autonomy and acquire the qualifications required for eligibility for appointment to another teaching post for which more advanced qualifications are demanded. The appointment may be extended if because of illness, parental leave or other special grounds additional time is needed to attain the purpose of the appointment. The total period of employment may not, however, exceed six years.

Those qualified for employment as associate senior lecturer are individuals who have been awarded a PhD or have attained equivalent research competence prior to the date of application. Preference should be given to those who were awarded a PhD or attained equivalent research competence no more than seven years prior to the application deadline. Those awarded a PhD more than seven years ago should also be given preference if special reasons exist, i.e., leave of absence from work or studies due to illness, service in the defence forces, an elected position in a trade union/student organisation, parental leave or similar circumstances.


The assessment of applicants is guided by Chapter 4, Sections 3 and 4 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) and the University of Gothenburg’s employment procedure (V 2016/383). When hiring teaching staff, the applicant should be chosen who, based on an overall assessment of competence and potential for development, is judged to have the best qualities for performing the duties included in the appointment. With regards to the advertised position, we are looking for a person with documented teaching and research experience in the field of business administration with a focus on marketing and tourism. Equal weight will be given to teaching and research skills. The applicant must have a strong ability to administer and carry out teaching activities. Ability to establish and develop collaborations within education and research will also be considered. Proficiency in the Scandinavian languages will be considered an advantage, as the project will entail interviews and collaborations.

Estimated ability to cooperate with others internally and externally in order to successfully carry out the prescribed tasks will also be included in the assessment of applicants, and so will the ability to participate in outreach activities and to disseminate information about research and development work nationally and internationally. Within 3.5 years of the date of employment, the holder of the position will be expected to have acquired, or to almost have acquired, the qualifications in terms of teaching and research required for appointment to associate professor (in Swedish: docent). An associate senior lecturer can apply for promotion to senior lecturer. If the associate senior lecturer is assessed to be qualified and suitable for such promotion, he or she shall be appointed and offered a permanent position as senior lecturer.

Additional information

The appointment process will involve expert assessments, interviews and trial lectures.



All applications must be submitted via the University of Gothenburg’s online portal for job opportunities by clicking ‘Apply’, below. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that the University receives it prior to the closing date by midnight, Swedish time. Applications should preferably be written in English, as they may be reviewed by international experts.

Closing date

Closing date: 27 December 2017.


Application contents

All applications must be submitted via www.gu.se and shall include:

  • CV and contact/personal information. Degree certificates, grade transcripts or other relevant documents must be enclosed.
  • A letter of intent (up to two pages in length) in which the applicant describes how he/she intends to approach the job assignments. 
  • An account of scholarly/research qualifications, including a description of prior scholarly/research activities and contributions etc.
  • PhD thesis and up to four additional scholarly works.
  • An account of teaching qualifications, including teacher training and a description of prior teaching assignments and a reflection. Qualitative assessments, course evaluations or equivalent documentation should be attached or referred to under attachments.
  • A brief account of qualifications and experience related to leadership and administrative work as well as outreach activities. Additional relevant appendices can be submitted.
  • References (at least 2) including their names, titles, present employment and contact information.

All claimed qualifications must be supported by appropriate documentation and all certificates/equivalent must be authenticated by means of relevant signatures/stamps. All attachments must be named so that they clearly represent their respective content.

Contact information

Lena Mossberg, professor. E-mail: lena.mossberg@handels.gu.se , phone: +46 (0)31-786 1539

Christina Waldensjö, section leader of the Marketing section. E-mail: christina.waldensjo@handels.gu.se , phone: +46 (0) 31-786 1487

Trade unions

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The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the employment decision has become final.


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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