Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members.
Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff.
CTF, the university’s Service Research Centre (www.ctf.kau.se), is one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of services. The centre employs around 60 researchers and doctoral students who conduct research in business administration, psychology, information systems, working life science, sociology, and sociology of religion. CTF is renowned for extensive partnerships with business and public enterprises. Our research is focused on three main areas, namely service innovation, service experience, and service management, but continuously develops in new directions. CTF is designated as an excellent research group at Karlstad University.
The postdoctoral position will be connected to an emerging research area within CTF devoted to how service research based studies can increase the understanding and strengthen Swedish national and regional governmental agencies. The position will focus on how service logic may be applied to facilitate the operation of public sector organizations and ecosystems. Understanding the Swedish public administrative system is important in order to publish research within this area and to be able to partner with public organizations connected to CTF. The research is important as the Swedish national and regional administrative system today aim at not only serving their citizens but also instigating innovation in broader ecosystems. How such ecosystems are created and what role the public organizations have are important areas for research. The researcher should show clear ambition to achieve international journal publications within relevant areas such as marketing, management or likewise. In this context, excellent results are equivalent to level three or four publications according to the ABS list. The applicant is also expected to participate in new research applications. The aim is to produce research that is relevant to individuals, organisations and the society as a whole. The position will mostly comprise research. The rest, at most 20%, usually comprises teaching or other development work.
The eligibility requirements for a postdoctoral position is a doctor’s degree. For the present position, the candidate needs to have a PhD in Business Administration, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science or any other relevant discipline that has prepared the candidate to conduct service research on the public with relevance to CTF. The doctor’s degree may not have been rewarded more than three years prior the application deadline. Doctor’s degrees awarded earlier may be taken into consideration if there are special reasons to do so, such as parental leave and illness.
Considerable weight is given to applicants’ academic merits and particularly to publications in international journals related to CTF’s research areas. Previous publications in public management journals with a service research framing is an extra merit. The ability to examine and understand Swedish governmental authorities and also contribute to the regions business development will be considered as important assessment criteria’s. Weight is also given to experience of participation in national and international research projects/partnerships. It is important that the successful applicant is highly motivated and shows ability to work independently as well as to cooperate with other researchers, since much of the research done at CTF is collaborative and transdisciplinary. Good oral and written skills in English and Swedish are required. Swedish is important as interviews and contacts with Swedish authorities will require such skills.
Terms of employment
This is a full-time position for a fixed term of two years, as per collective bargaining agreement. The appointment may be extended if there are special reasons to do so, such as illness or parental leave. Starting date as per agreement.
The application should include well-documented qualifications and the contact details of two references. Applicants are responsible for documenting qualifications in a way that allows for objective and qualitative assessments.
Application should include:
Applications should be submitted electronically via the university’s web-based recruitment system. All documents and publications to be considered should be submitted as part of the application – do not only supply links to these publications.
Exception: One copy of documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:
651 88 KARLSTAD
State the reference number: REK2017/86
Application deadline: April 3, 2017
We look forward to your application!
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