Halmstad University, School of Informationtechnology

Halmstad University is seeking to appoint a full-time assistant professor in Informationtechnology for four years.

The research in Informatics/Information Systems at Halmstad University has a focus on the area of digital service innovation. The vision centered on digital service innovation within informatics, implies a focus on contemporary issues such as new forms of stakeholder involvement in innovation processes, digital service design, architectures, innovation ecosystems and value network governance. The main application areas are transport and mobility, health promoting services, digitalization of public sector, and media. Informatics in Scandinavia integrates Information Systems and Human Computer Interaction research, with emphasis on user experience, service design and digital innovation research. Informatics has two bachelor programs (Digital Design and Innovation, Enterprise Systems), an international master program in Digital Service Innovation, and a doctoral school in Informatics.

The University has established a strong network of industry and public sector relationships in this research area. The research on digital service innovation is one of the prioritized research areas where continued development of research strength is expected in order to reach excellence in international and national collaborations. This area, which is expected to attract considerable industrial interest also in the future, will be an important research area for Halmstad University in the coming years.

An assistant professor shall mainly be engaged in research and education. Teaching consists of supervising undergraduate, graduate, as well as doctoral students. Teaching will primarily be done in the undergraduate program Digital Design and Innovation. The program is a progressive education aiming at educating tomorrow’s interaction and UX designers. The program implements forward-looking pedagogical approaches, such as the design studio method. In the design studio, students work with design briefs from external companies in close collaboration with teachers and external partners as mentors.  In addition, the hired assistant professor will be teaching at the undergraduate program Enterprise Systems and the international master’s program Digital Service Innovation.

The appointed assistant professor is expected to develop a high quality funded research program together with colleagues and must be committed to excellence in teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Prioritized areas for development are digital service innovation for mobility and for health promoting services, where collaboration with other scientific areas is important.

Candidates must write a research proposal, including ideas about possible cooperation within the area of digital service innovation related to the application areas in the environment.

The position as assistant professor (“biträdande lektor” in Swedish) is a qualifying appointment with the purpose to give the employee a possibility to develop into an independent researcher and to obtain merits that can lead to another position with higher eligibility requirements (according to Higher education ordinance, 4 chapter 12a §).

The position is limited to four years. After this period the assistant professor is qualified to be promoted to a position with conditional tenure as associate professor (“universitetslektor” in Swedish).


The position is intended for applicants with a recent PhD degree in informatics (including Human Computer Interaction, Information Systems) or closely related fields not earlier than 7 years before the time limit for applying. Experience from teaching at different levels in relevant subjects is a merit. The applicant should currently be an active researcher in the relevant field with a good publication record. Experience from research and development in an industrial environment as well as professional experience in Service Design and similar areas is desirable. The applicant must be able to examine students in Swedish on bachelor level.

The applicant must be engaged, structured, accountable and have good interpersonal skills and ability to take initiative. Excellent leadership, innovation ability and experience in cooperation with industry are desirable.


Assessment criteria

For appointment as assistant professor, the following assessment criteria will be applied:

  • Ability to conduct high quality teaching and to develop courses at different levels
  • Ability to conduct research in informatics of high international quality
  • Experience from research in collaboration with industrial partners
  • Experience in supervision of bachelor and master students.

The specific weight given to each item above is decided in each case respectively.

Salary level

Individual salaries are applied at Halmstad University. The application should include salary requirements.


The following documents must be enclosed in the application as one pdf file:

  • A letter about the applicant´s personal background and motivation for the application
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Master and doctoral theses.
  • Max five (5) selective publications the applicant wishes to refer to
  • Diplomas, certificates and other documents the applicant wishes to mention
  • A research proposal

All attached copies should be attested.

For further information, contact technology area leader Magnus Bergquist (magnus.bergquist@hh.se), head of the School of Information Technology Magnus Clarin (magnus.clarin@hh.se), associate professor Kristina Hildebrand (representative of the union SacoS) or Jenny Engström (representative of the union OFR/S). All can be reached at telephone +46 3516 71 00 (switchboard).

General Information

Halmstad is a popular summer destination located between two cosmopolitan areas: the CopenhagenMalmöLund area and the Gothenburg area, which makes it a well connected and pleasant place to live. Halmstad is easy to reach by a direct train connection from Copenhagen International Airport (Kastrup) and Gothenburg Airport (Landvetter), and by air from Stockholm/Bromma.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-01-02
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Halmstad
County Hallands län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2018/100
Published 23.Oct.2018
Last application date 31.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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