Senior lecturer in Communication for Development
Malmö University

Senior lecturer in Communication for Development

Sweden 15 Aug 2021


Malmö University was founded in 1998 and is a young, modern and international university. It is located in the city of Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden, in the transnational Öresund region.
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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.


As Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development you will be based at the School of Arts and Communication which is part of the Faculty of Culture and Society.

This faculty 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 about the Faculty of Culture and Society here. 


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 programs and courses include English, Media and Communication Studies, Visual Communication, Interaction Design as well as a range of courses in different types of media production. K3 offers PhD education in media and communication studies and interaction design. 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, including about our research platforms and programs here.

Communication for Development

One of the first and most advanced online learning programs in the field of Communication for Development, ComDev is educating between 120-150 global students every year. The MA program team has developed, pioneered and improved a unique pedagogical concept, the Glocal Classroom, to establish a virtual global learning community with many local bases since its inception in 2000. External international evaluations have confirmed its high pedagogical quality. A core team of about six staff teach, research, communicate with students and stakeholders worldwide. Our ComDev scholars are actively participating in externally funded and internal research networks such as the Rethinking Democracy platform and the Datasociety program and have a long history of international collaborations. Read more about ComDev here.

Work duties

As senior lecturer in Communication for Development your basic terms of employment comprise teaching (70%), conducting research (20 %) and general administrative duties (10 %). Raising external research funding and additional duties at MAU, can change those terms, but an active involvement in pedagogical work is expected.

The position involves independent teaching, grading, course management as well as supervision and examination of master’s theses, educational development work. collaboration with external stakeholders, international research partners and the wider society. This position involves teaching primarily within the Communication for Development program and teaching within other programs (e.g. MA in Media & Communication Studies) and courses may also occur, both at K3 and across faculty departments. 


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.

Since Swedish is the official language at Malmö University, all employees are expected to learn basic Swedish within a two-year timeframe. 

Specific requirements for this position:

 The following would be of benefit for the position:

In addition to formal competence, University's employees must possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way.

All qualifications and skills must be accompanied with supportive documentation in the application.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a Senior Lecturer shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of other qualifying criteria (Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

A Senior Lecturer must be established within their scientific field, taking into account the nature and tradition of the subject specialisation.

A Senior Lecturer must demonstrate:

Teaching expertise relates to:

Scientific proficiency relates to:

Further information

Annika Olsson, Head of Department K3,

For general employment and procedural questions, contact 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 can read more about the benefits of working in Sweden here: 


You 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 job advertisement, and that it is submitted to the University no later than 2021-08-15. The application must be written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages. As an applicant, you are responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The rules for appointment of teaching staff at Malmö University are regulated in the Appointment Rules at Malmö University.

Merits and qualifications must be documented according to Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers 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 2021/132 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 2021/132.  

According to Malmö University’s qualifications portfolio, the application must include:

The application must also include:


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.

Start date

Starting date 1 January 2022 or by earliest convenience and agreement. 

Union representatives

SACO-S, Rebecka Johansson,

OFR, Martin Reissner,

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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