Senior lecturer in Sport Science

Permanent position
Full time
The application deadline is

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-01946/2022

We are looking for a senior lecturer in Sport Science, with a specialisation in Sport Management for a permanent position at the School of Medicine and Health science.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is sport science


Örebro University is in an expansive phase in terms of both education and research, and the university has a long tradition of education and research in the field of sport.

At the Division of Sport Science, School of Health Sciences, the following programmes are currently given: the programme Sport management, the Sports Science and Coaching Programme, the Teacher Programme (specialization in sport and health) and the Master's Programme in Sports Physiology and Medicine. As one of three higher education institutions in the country, we have been pursuing postgraduate education in sports science since 2001 and currently have 11 doctoral students admitted.

The research in Sport Science is organized in a joint research environment RISPA (Research in Sport Science and Physical Activity) and, for social science research, in the research group ReShape (Research in Sport Health and Physical Education) which several externally funded projects. Sport management research is conducted by the research group Sustainable Sport Management.

In recent years, we have worked to develop a new sports management program that focuses on sustainability, practical application of knowledge through case methodology and internship training, as well as internationalization. Our vision for the programme is to educate individuals who plan, organize, lead and develop sustainable, inclusive, ethical and successful sport at all levels, within organizations and associations, authorities and businesses. The program started in the fall of 2021 and we are now looking for a person who feels great commitment to be involved and contribute to the program and its continued development.

Duties and responsibilities

As a senior lecturer you are spending your working hours on teaching at all levels, research, and any associated public engagement activities. In addition to education, research and collaboration, duties and responsibilities include development work, administration and continuing professional development. Moreover, teaching encompasses supervision, examination, course development, planning and evaluation.

Teaching will mainly take place within the Sport Management program, but there may also be teaching within Division's other programs and courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. More specifically, you are expected to teach about the Swedish sports context, project management, leadership and in courses in scientific method and independent work where supervision and examination of essays constitute a central task. You are also expected to be responsible for courses in these areas. Since sustainability permeates the entire programme, you are expected to integrate the sustainability perspective into your teaching. You are expected to teach in both Swedish and English.

You are also expected to contribute to the research on sustainable sport management.


Those qualified for appointment as a senior lecturer are applicants who have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a doctoral degree in a subject matter relevant for the position or has the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the position and the duties that it will involve.

A general eligibility criterion for teaching staff at Örebro University is that they have completed courses on teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to 10 weeks. Knowledge and skills equivalent to such courses may also be assessed to establish whether these provide eligibility. A teacher who at the time of appointment lacks such training or the equivalent competence, must complete the required courses no later than within two years of taking up the position.

Assessment criteria

When appointing teaching staff, equal care shall be taken in assessing teaching expertise as research expertise. The assessment is to consider the applicant’s qualifications and experience from collaboration with the wider community, of which the university is a part, as well as national and international experience and mobility. Teachers are to have the ability to communicate and disseminate information, collaborate and engage with the wider community, and facilitate utilisation of the university’s research. In addition, the applicant’s suitability for the position will be assessed. Suitability refers to the applicant demonstrating the personal qualities required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities at hand, the ability to cooperate with other members of staff, and the ability to contribute to the development of the operations.

Research expertise

Research expertise is assessed based on scientific qualifications, demonstrated through independent research contributions, continued scientific publishing following the award of the doctoral degree, and the applicant’s establishment in the research community. Further evidence of recognition is the ability to plan, manage, lead and develop their own research. Holding the qualifications required for appointment as docent is an advantage.

Research expertise also encompasses being/having been the principal researcher/co-applicant of projects with grants awarded in competition, and appointments to positions of trust within academia.

Merit is scientific publication that relates to sustainable sports management.

Teaching expertise

When defining teaching expertise at Örebro University, three categories are used: teaching approach, how the teaching approach is put into practice, and professional development as a teacher. The applicant’s teaching qualifications are therefore to be documented accordingly and in compliance with Örebro University’s template for teaching portfolios, relating clearly to the values set out in Örebro University’s educational philosophy.

Teaching expertise is demonstrated through the breadth and scope of various forms of working and teaching at the bachelor’s, master’s and/or doctoral levels, including experience of individual supervision. Expertise is further demonstrated through the ability to develop, plan, implement and evaluate teaching and examination formats, as well as through the ability to contribute to the pedagogical development of teaching, such as preparing teaching material, learning aids and/or governance documents for teaching. Teaching expertise is also demonstrated through pedagogical leadership responsibilities, such as course coordination, at the bachelor’s, master’s and/or doctoral levels. The applicant’s ability to link teaching to research and contribute to a scientific approach in their teaching will also be assessed.

Other assessment criteria
It is a merit to have researched in and taught sports management with a special focus on sports organization and financing, project management, leadership and sustainability. It is also a merit to have previous experience of course responsibility and course development. It is also a merit to have experience of case methodology and internship training. It is desirable that the applicant has experience in teaching quantitative methods and mixed methods.

Personal qualities that are of particular importance for the applicant to be considered suitable for the tasks included in the employment are to have a good ability to cooperate, be flexible, responsible and take initiative.


This is a permanent full-time position, 100 %, with a preferred start date January 1, 2023. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, and positions announced are, where appropriate, subject to a trial period.

For more information about the position, contact Elodie Ponsot (enhetschef) 4619-30 10 94, e-post: This is an email address or Susanna Geidne (tillförordnad programansvarig Sport management), 4619-30 21 76, e-post: This is an email address.

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change, take responsibility for their work and performance, demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development, as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


Apply for the position via Örebro University’s website. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Teaching portfolio (as instructed in Örebro University’s guidelines)
  • Research portfolio
  • Publication list
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish can be reviewed.
More information for applicants can be found on our career site:

The application deadline is September 15, 2022. We look forward to receiving your application!

After the application deadline, no supplements can be made electronically. If you have scientific publications that cannot be attached electronically to the application, you will, once the external experts have been appointed, receive instructions on how the missing publications can be submitted.

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.