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OPEN POSITIONS Professor of Education, with a commission related to Universeum

The University of Gothenburg is one of Universeum’s founders. Over the next few years, a major initiative in data visualisation, communication and learning is taking place at Universeum. In connection with this, the non-profit foundation Stiftelsen Korsvägen, which owns Universeum AB, has initiated an in-depth research collaboration with the University of Gothenburg. As part of the science centre’s major focus on learning-centred digitalisation through data visualisation and artificial intelligence, the University of Gothenburg has, in collaboration with Universeum, initiated a professorship that is expected to actively participate in Universeum and conduct relevant research. The visualisation initiative is made possible through a donation of SEK 150 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in a national initiative and collaboration to establish visualisation domes in five areas with complete productions and interactive, digital stations and through a donation of SEK 50 million to Universeum from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture for the development of a public visualisation lab. A number of other foundations are participating in the funding of the professorship and the production and testing unit being established by Universeum. The unit will develop platforms, hardware and software, data processing and analysis enabling research on the prerequisites for learning in the natural sciences, mathematics and technology (known as STEM field – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The latest digital technology will facilitate new insights, important for the development of knowledge for future generations. Through this initiative, Universeum’s unique environment for informal and formal learning will expand, and enhance, opportunities to stimulate interest among children and young people in learning within the natural sciences, mathematics and technology.

The Faculty of Education has several research environments related to visualisation and learning in the STEM field. The Department of Education, Communication and Learning has a research area in Learning and Information Technology that addresses questions about how the digitalisation transforms the conditions for education and development of professional expertise. The Learning and Information Technology group is committed to offering a research-based view of the relationships between digital technology and learning in a range of knowledge domains. At the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, there are several research groups working in Science, Technology and Mathematics Education including research in education within the framework of museums and other exhibitions. The professor is expected to interact broadly with these environments and with related environments at the IT faculty and Chalmers University of Technology and to collaborate with Stanford University. Placement of the professorship at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning or the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies will be determined in consultation with the holder of the position and management of the two departments in connection with the start date and to plan for how the work should be conducted.



Subject area description

Education, as a subject, is focused on processes, both formal and informal, through which individuals are formed and changed within social, cultural and historical contexts. It includes various dimensions of childhood, education, teaching, learning and other processes. 

Job description

The position specialises in digitalisation through visualisation and artificial intelligence (AI) linked to learning in mathematics, natural sciences and technology, with a commission at Universeum and its environments for formal and informal learning. The position is fully funded for at least five years within the framework of an agreement between the foundation Stiftelsen Korsvägen and the University of Gothenburg. A workplace will be prepared at both Universeum and the Faculty of Education.

 In line with this agreement, the main assignments are

  • to promote learning in mathematics, natural sciences and technology, especially among children and young people, in collaboration with Universeum, teachers, schools and student teachers in the region by using AI, computer visualisations and technology-intensive environments arranged for learning. The professor is expected to become involved in issues derived from current research related to visualisation and Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education and the organisation of and learning in environments such as science centres and museums. For example, by identifying appropriate aspects of visualisation and representations within STEM, to use audio-visual and haptic tools to navigate in visualised data and virtual environments, to explore and solve problems and to successfully implement exhibitions and interventions.
  • to establish and conduct research to gain deeper insight into the relationships between the learning of children and young people in the fields of science, technology and mathematics and interaction patterns, perception and learning processes when exploring issues with data visualisations and interacting in digital environments in general. This also includes the implications for learning within STEM and sustainability issues among children and young people in particular. Of particular importance is the long-term development of a broad research network with a strong connection to various research environments.

All assignments are distinctly collaborative in nature.

The field of the position has influences from, and contact with, several disciplinary specialities that in various ways include, and overlap, with teaching and learning. Of particular importance are Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, and in digital media and tools, visualisation and interactive design. To carry out the assignments, background and experience is needed in one and preferably several of these areas along with the experience of being involved in the interface between them, with close connections with the varied international research field of Education.

The professorship is organisationally located at the Faculty of Education.

The professor will be involved in collaboration with Stanford University and Chalmers University of Technology and work in the context of established interdisciplinary collaborations at the University of Gothenburg. Participants in the research environment collaborate with the IT Faculty through a joint involvement in the international master’s programme in Learning and IT.

Candidates should have a documented background in research on interaction and learning in the STEM field, with a focus on digital learning environments. They should have knowledge about the design of digital learning environments and/or design-based research and be able to document experiences of working with relevant research and supervision of doctoral students. Furthermore, they should have a documented ability to work with different types of empirical data, such as large-scale data volumes, survey studies and/or detailed ethnographic observations or other relevant qualitative methods. Successful publication is required in areas such as technological change, design, subject didactics in natural sciences, mathematics and technology and/or communication and learning. Research considered particularly relevant to the position is in established fields such as Learning Sciences (ISLS), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Participatory Design (PDC) focused on STEM as well as Science Education (SE), Mathematics Education (ME), Technology Education (TE) and sustainability issues among children and young people.

Appropriate qualifications (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4)

When hiring and promoting a professor, the following quality criteria are to be applied in the assessment (which is based on Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s appointments procedure)

  • High degree of research expertise
    • Good national and international level as a researcher
    • Good ability to develop, lead and conduct high quality research
    • Good ability to supervise, review and assess in doctoral-level courses and programmes
  • High degree of teaching expertise
    • Good ability to develop, lead and implement high quality education at all levels, especially in doctoral level courses and programmes
  • Skilled as an academic leader
  • Skilled at collaborating with the surrounding community in both education and research and at providing information about research and development work

Assessment criteria

In the appointment, special emphasis will be attached equally to research and teaching expertise.

The following quality criteria will be applied in the assessment:

When assessing research expertise, particular emphasis will be placed on documented research expertise demonstrated primarily through publications in relevant national and international scholarly journals and documented experience in developing, leading and conducting high-quality research in the field for the position, such as experience in building research environments and attracting external funding for research. Of special importance in the field of employment is collaboration within research expertise, both in terms of initiating and organising interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration, conducting research in collaboration with environments of Universeum’s character and collaborative implementation of research results.

When assessing teaching expertise, special emphasis will be on documented experience in developing, leading and implementing higher education of high quality at all levels. Of special importance in the field of employment is teaching experience in collaboration with environments of Universeum’s character rather than regular course activities. The applicant is to have completed teaching courses in higher education or be able to demonstrate equivalent qualifications.

Documented experience of academic leadership will be given merit.

International experience and work in international networks will be given merit.

The personal characteristics of the applicant in being able to collaborate internally and externally to carry out the described assignments will be considered in assessing suitability for the position.

The professor may work with a wide range of digital data in a Swedish context (as video observations and other audio-visual material), which means that knowledge in Swedish or other Scandinavian languages will be given merit.

After an overall assessment of expertise and development potential within the subject area of the employment, the applicant selected for the position is deemed to have the best potential to carry out the assignments included in the position, to collaborate with other staff and to contribute to a positive development of the activities and operations at both the University of Gothenburg and Universeum.

The university’s activities are conducted in Swedish and English. The applicant is to be capable of fluently speaking and writing in English. Applicants who do not know Swedish are expected to be able to participate in activities and operations in Swedish within two years after assuming the position.


Employment is full-time until further notice.

Start date: 1 January 2021


The application is to be written in English. In the selection process, sample lectures, interviews and references may be requested.

Salaries are set individually at the University of Gothenburg.

The application is to contain a set of the works that the applicant wishes to cite. In addition, two identical sets of the cited works are to be kept by the applicant until the university notifies the applicant of the external experts to whom they are to be sent.

For further information:

Åke Ingerman, professor of Science and Technology Education, chair of recruitment team,, +46 (0)31-786 2637.

Cecilia Wallerstedt, Head of Department of Education, Communication and Learning, +46 (0)31-786 3272.

Christina Osbeck, Head of Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies,, +46 (0)31-786 2273.

Carina Halvord, Managing Director of Universeum,, +46 (0)73-093 4500.

Union organisations

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:


As the applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that it is submitted to the university by the final application date.

The application must be received by: 15 April 2020

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 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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