World Maritime University (WMU)
Assistant Professor, Shipping Management and Finance
World Maritime University (WMU)
The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is a postgraduate maritime university founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
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Published: 2 months ago
Application deadline: Aug 15
Location: Malmö, Sweden
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Assistant Professor, Shipping Management and Finance

Organizational Unit: Faculty, Shipping Management and Logistics
Grade: P2
Duty Station: Malmö, Sweden
Duration of contract: Two-year fixed-term appointment

1. Organizational setting

The World Maritime University (WMU) is a postgraduate and research university established in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization, the maritime agency of the United Nations. WMU offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Professional Development Courses (PDCs) with the highest standards in maritime and oceans education and training. WMU also has a highly respected research programme supported by specialized research groups across the maritime and ocean fields.

The Assistant Professor position is located in the Faculty unit at WMU’s headquarters in Malmö, Sweden.

2. Main purpose

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Vice President Academic, and functionally under the Head of the MSc. Specialization – Shipping Management and Logistics. As a faculty member at the World Maritime University, the Assistant Professor is expected to provide teaching/mentoring, conduct research, publish and promote inter-university cooperation, including research, in the shipping and port management fields.

As a member of the faculty and professional staff at WMU, the incumbent will work to keep WMU positioned as an academic institution of excellence, help advance the institution and build its reputation in the relevant field of expertise.

3. Working relationships

Internal contacts – Incumbent liaises and interacts with all faculty members on a regular basis as well as with support staff as required.

External contacts – Incumbent liaises with scientific and industry communities, research organizations, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and engages with scientific journals and publishing entities.

4. Duties, responsibilities


The Assistant Professor is expected, under the supervision of the Vice-President (Academic) to be engaged in:

  • teaching, including engagement in the MSc teaching programs in Malmö, and other locations as needed and assigned;
  • coordinating and participating in student field studies;
  • mentoring of PhD and MSc students and supervision of research theses/dissertations in the shipping management and finance field;
  • scholarship in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, etc.;
  • the development of projects, submission of project proposals, and delivery of such projects;
  • presentation of research findings at professional conferences and meetings;
  • involvement in distance learning (e-learning) programmes, PDCs, and capacity-building courses as required;
  • service on WMU committees and work groups, and active participation in administrative, academic, and curriculum duties.


5. Minimum requirements – education, experience and language skills


  • PhD in the area of maritime economics or shipping finance with preferred experience in shipping finance, shipping risk management, investment appraisal, economic market analysis in shipping and shipping management.


  • Experience in teaching at the postgraduate level;
  • Professional experience in the maritime transport sector is desirable, as is seafaring experience;
  • Experience in organizing conferences and seminars and fund-raising.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English.


  • Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.


6. Knowledge and skills


  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical software (i.e. Eviews).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a professional/academic team.
  • Effective organizational skills to manage time and priorities in teaching and administrative duties as appropriate.
  • Ability to act as point of contact for problems/enquiries from students in your areas of expertise.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Ability to deal with administrative matters as appropriate to status and with reference to other colleagues within WMU.

This vacancy is open to male and female candidates. WMU seeks to increase the number of women at all levels and, therefore, qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. WMU will make every effort to facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities.


The position offers an attractive salary (P2 Grade of the ICSC salary scale), free of income tax in Sweden, a benefits package and relocation expenses. Applicants must fill in the Personal history form and send a letter of interest, a complete CV, and the contact information of three referees to Marco Batista, Head of Human Resources (

Deadline for Applications: 15 August 2017.

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