Professor in Ethnic and Migration Studies Linköping University Sweden

Professor in Ethnic and Migration Studies
Ref LiU-2018-01473
Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees due to retirement among our current staff and an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!
The Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV) covers a broad range of activities focused on social and welfare issues. From these perspectives we study the various stages and challenges in Iife. Our high-quality teaching and research put people and society at the forefront. At our department the interplay between education, research and the community is a prerequisite for success. 


Appointment programme
Founded in 2008, the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society consists of some 20 active researchers and teachers and 5–10 doctoral students. Research is complemented by education within ISV and related departments at Linköping University. REMESO develops research on international migration, including forced and irregular migration, nationalism, citizenship, ethnic relations, and diversity, as well as on social, ethnic and economic inclusion, discrimination and racism. The institute examines these issues in relation to processes of globalization and European integration and to transformations of labour markets, nation states and welfare society. REMESO’s research profile also covers projects in which migration and ethnicity are related to gender dimensions, colonial and postcolonial histories, social movements, urbanization and urban segregation, education, health and medicine. Ethnic and migration studies is one of Linköping university’s priority research areas.
REMESO has a doctoral programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies (Etnicitet och migration), which is integrated with an international Graduate School in Migration, Ethnicity and Society. REMESO also maintains an international master’s programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies and a bachelor’s programme in Social and Cultural Analysis. The Institute actively pursues collaboration with national and international stakeholders, civil society organizations and the public.
The appointed professor is expected to make distinctive and innovative contributions to REMESO’s research programme. In addition to research activities, in which we expect the appointed professor to take a leading role in developing new perspectives and projects –especially as regards forced migration, inclusion and exclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in precarious situations, citizenship and human rights – the appointee will also be engaged in the institute’s Graduate School on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, the doctoral programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies, the international master’s programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies, and to some extent also in the bachelor’s programme in Social and Cultural Analysis. The appointed professor is also expected to be engaged in research dissemination and collaboration with the public and relevant stakeholders.
Documented scholarly excellence in studies of ethnicity and migration is an absolute requirement for this position. A further absolute requirement is demonstrated appreciation of critical and interdisciplinary scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. Another absolute requirement is a record of competence and skills in directing academic programs or departments for research and education. Documented pedagogic skills in teaching within the area of appointment are also absolutely required for the appointment.
Qualifications that make applicants particularly suitable for this appointment include a demonstrated ability for theoretical and methodological innovation with relevance to Ethnic and Migration Studies. Qualifications that make applicants particularly suitable for appointment also an excellent track record of research, publications and teaching within areas that, for example, may include the following:

  • causes and consequences of forced migration and diaspora formation in their global and local contexts and structures, including geo-political and ethno-national conflicts, colonial and postcolonial legacies, human rig hts violations, poverty and dispossession, ecological degradation and climate change;

  • policies and practices concerning forced or precarious migration and preconditions of sustainable development in sending and receiving countries;

  • asylum, human rights and citizenship, with particular focus on forced and precarious migration in the perspective of changing national and supra-national migration regimes;

  • legal frameworks, historical contexts, public discourse and prevalent practices relating to asylum seekers and precarious migrants, including circulant, seasonal, temporary and undocumented workers;

  • changing attitudes in public opinion, media and political discourse concerning asylum seekers and other categories of migrants with a precarious status;

  • civil society networks, alliances and social movements concerned with democratic inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and precarious migrants.

  • expressive culture and aesthetics relating to citizenship and claims for belonging and participation of refugees and precarious migrants.
Qualifications that make the applicant suitable for this position include demonstrated ability to communicate with the public and relevant stakeholders. Extensive international networks are also seen as qualifications that make the applicant suitable for this position.In assessing scholarly proficiency, numerical measures of research output and impact are highly relevant, yet are outweighed by qualitative considerations as regards analytical and interpretive depth and originality, theoretical and conceptual inventiveness, and ability to define and address research problems of critical importance in the face of changing social, economic, cultural and geopolitical realities.
Research and teaching connected to this appointment will mainly be conducted in English, and it is required that the applicant can demonstrate scholarly and pedagogic proficiency in English. Applicants who do not have Swedish as their mother tongue are expected to do some teaching in Swedish within a reasonable period after appointment.
An applicant who has demonstrated both academic and teaching skills shall be qualified for this appointment.
Grounds for assessment
As grounds for assessment when appointing a professor, the level of proficiency required to qualify for the appointment shall apply.  As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching proficiency as to the assessment of scholarly proficiency. For this position, special weight is given to scholarly proficiency.
Scholarly proficiency must have been demonstrated through original research resulting in high-quality publications, through planning and managing research and third-cycle courses and study programmes, and through the ability to obtain research grants. Scholarly proficiency can also be demonstrated through the ability to achieve results in research through collaboration with other teachers and through the ability to provide information about research.
Teaching proficiency is demonstrated through the ability to convey relevant knowledge and skills, to stimulate students such that they drive their own learning process, to create engagement and interest in the subject area, and the ability to structure and organise both the content and forms of work in relation to the goals of the subject area. In addition, the teaching proficiency must have been demonstrated through the ability to contribute to the development and renewal of education and the ability to reflect on their own attitude to education and the results of their work.
Administrative proficiency and leadership must have been demonstrated through the ability to plan, organise and develop activities and personnel.
Collaboration within research is demonstrated by the ability to disseminate, make accessible and benefit from research through the production and dissemination of popular scientific material, collaborative projects with external non-academic actors, commissioned consulting as expert, mobility projects, commercialisation, and activities undertaken within the framework of permitted secondary employment.
The applicant shall demonstrate ability to teach in English. It is desirable that the successful candidate with another mother tongue than Swedish should be able to communicate in Swedish within two years from being appointed and within a reasonable time also be able to teach in Swedish.
Appointment procedure 
The position will be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University on the advice of the Appointments Board. A letter of intent will be required of the applicants who make the short list for the position. 
Starting date 
By agreement
The University applies individual salary scales based on the experience of the employee and the labour market. 
Union representatives 
To get in contact with union representatives, see below. 
Application procedure 
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below (on the announcement page se link at the top and bottom) 
Your application must be received no later than 31 October. 
Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered. 
Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by ordinary mail no later than the application deadline. Please send them in three sets to the University Registrar at Linköping University, University Registrar, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. 
Equal Opportunities
A majority of professors at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies are men, which is why precedence will be given to women in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.
Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.
We look forward to receiving your application!
Linköping university has framework agreements and wishes to decline direct contacts from staffing- and recruitment companies as well as from vendors of job advertisements.
Contact person
Anita Andersson,  Head of Division
+46 11 36 36 04
Stefan Jonsson,  Professor
+46 11 36 36 30
Maria Wallgren,  Secretary of the Appointments Board
+46 13 28 10 51

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