Mälardalen University is growing and evolving due to increased research funding from the Swedish Government. Join our team on this exciting journey towards MDU`s vision, to be a progressive and collaborative University where together we shape a sustainable future. You can make a difference. Together, we can create a sustainable future through knowledge and innovation. We believe that knowledge and new perspectives are best attained and reached together in collaboration with others – our colleagues, students, the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.
Around 20 000 students are currently studying courses and programmes with us in the various domains. We offer education in areas such as design and communication, economics, health, engineering and technology, preschool and compulsory school teacher training as well as in chamber music and opera. In most of our areas we also offer programmes entirely taught in English. We conduct research in all disciplinary domains and our research in Future Energy and Embedded Systems is internationally prominent.

Mälardalen University is located in Sweden, on both sides of Lake Mälaren, with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås. Mälardalen is a region dominated by strong growth with several multinational companies based here such as ABB, Volvo, Westinghouse, Alstom and Northvolt. We enjoy close cooperation with the region’s private sector, municipalities, and county councils.

At the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering our students are studying to be for example innovators, entrepreneurs, illustrators, communications officers, network technicians and engineers. Here we have the research specialisations of Embedded Systems, and Innovation and Product Realisation. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Temporary employment
Scope: Full time
Closing date for application: 2022-08-21
Campus location: Eskilstuna
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, (IDT), Division of Product Realisation

Would you like to work as a senior lecturer at Sweden’s newest University? We are now advertising for twelve associate senior lecturer positions for those who want to build our future. You will contribute to the development of our University and also to our country.

As an associate senior lecturer at MDU you will conduct research and teach. Together with other associate senior lecturers you will be part of our continuing professional development programme and will be offered a mentor, educational training and doctoral supervisor training.

An associate senior lecturer is a career-development position for those who have recently successfully defended their doctoral thesis and which forms a clear career path towards permanent employment as a senior lecturer. Upon completion of your employment as an associate senior lecturer you have the right to be promoted to a senior lecturer position for an indefinite period.

Position description

A position as Associate Senior Lecturer is a fixed-term merit-rated appointment of at least four and at no more than six years in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 12a.

The purpose of the employment is that the teacher shall be given the opportunity to develop his or her autonomy as a researcher and to become qualified both academically and pedagogically to fulfil the requirements for appointment as a Senior Lecturer.

We are looking for a highly motivated associate senior lecturer in product development who will work with teaching at basic and advanced level in both Swedish and English and have an interest in a long-term teaching and research career at IDT.

As an associate senior lecturer at IDT you will be part of the research and collaboration with our industrial partners. You are expected to collaborate with other researchers internally and externally as well as with national and international companies and research organizations. You are also expected to actively participate in applications for future funding. The position has up to 60% internally funded research.

The candidate we are looking for is expected to get involved in:

  • Research, preferably in product design and product development, for example in design optimization, simulation, diagnostics.
  • Teaching in product design and product development
  • Supervision of doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s students.
  • Examination of degree project at bachelor’s and master’s level.

Qualification requirements

The qualification requirements for appointment as an Associate Senior Lecturer are primarily a degree of Doctor, or equivalent academic skills, no more than five years before the closing date for application for the post of Associate Senior Lecturer has expired.

A person who has a degree of Doctor, or has previously acquired equivalent skills may, however, be considered if there are particular reasons for this. Such particular reasons may leave of absence on account of illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.

The applicant must have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant subject.
  • Strong communication skills in English.
  • Experience of research mainly in product development, product design and simulation.
  • Documented experience of teaching in product development, simulation, product design at both basic level and advanced level.
  • Experience of supervising master’s and bachelor’s students.

The applicant should have completed ten weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge. A person appointed as an Associate Senior Lecturer but lacking training in higher education teaching and learning will be offered in-house training within two and a half years. The course in higher education teaching and learning at Mälardalen University corresponds to ten weeks of training.

Assessment criteria

In general terms the assessment criteria shall be based on the ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to fulfil the duties well.

With regard to the nature of this merit-rated employment, the applicant’s academic and teaching merits will be assessed above all in respect of quality. A quantitative precedent of an applicant, which can be explained by the applicant having worked for a longer period, will therefore not be decisive.

Emphasis will be placed on a strong publication list as well as the candidate’s ability to conduct teaching and research of high quality. The same attention shall be paid to the assessment of teaching skills as to the assessment of academic skills.

Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organisation.


  • Experience of course development and teaching of courses in the field
  • Experience of supervising doctoral students
  • Success in securing project funding
  • Strong communication skills in Swedish.

On promotion to a post as senior lecturer

At the end of the employment as an Associate Senior Lecturer the applicant has the right to considered for employment as a Senior Lecturer. 

To be qualified for appointment as a Senior Lecturer the applicant must have demonstrated the academic skills and teaching abilities required for the appointment. The qualification requirements for appointment as an Associate Senior Lecturer requires you to fulfil the requirements for a Senior Lecturer in accordance with the Appointments Procedure for Mälardalen University, https://www.mdh.se/download/18.3b121ce7170f3a3b8d7105e6/1584976379143/Anst%C3%A4llningsordning.pdf .

Academic skills may also have been demonstrated by the ability to achieve results in research through collaboration in joint projects of benefit to academia and industry/the public sector/society in general and through the ability to disseminate research.

The assessment of teaching skills shall apply to the planning, carrying out and evaluation of teaching as well as supervision and examination. Teaching skills shall be well documented in such a way that their quality can also be assessed. The application for promotion must have been received no later than six months before the end of the employment period.

At the time of promotion to senior lecturer the applicant must have completed a qualifying course in higher education pedagogy.


Make your application by clicking the button “Apply” below.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than the closing date of application.

We look forward to receiving your application!

We decline all contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment.

Union representatives:

Michaël Le Duc (SACO), tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 02
Susanne Meijer (OFR), Tel: +46 (0) 21-10 14 89

Contact person

Markus Bohlin

Head of Department/Avdelningschef

016-15 32 95



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