Professor in Information Systems/Informatics

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-01883/2022

We are looking for a professor in Information Systems/Informatics for a permanent position at the School of Business.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is Informatics.

Background

Örebro University School of Business (ORUSB) is recruiting a professor in information systems/informatics that can support, strengthen and take a lead in research. The Informatics Department at ORUSB has a long tradition of research and education and is currently in an expansive phase.

Research in Informatics is pursued in the research environment Centre for Empirical Research on Information Systems (CERIS) and deals with the digitalisation of organisations and society. CERIS conducts research in several application areas: automated decision-making/AI; eHealth; digitalization of government; digitalization of developing countries; crisis management; information security; digitalization of school and systems development methods.

Informatics is taught on the Bachelor’s Programme of Systems Analysis and the Master’s Programme in Information Systems – Information Security Management. The department also offers a study programme at the doctoral level. The goal for the bachelor’s programme is to train future IT-consultants in integrating organisational and systems development. The master’s programme develops students’ ability to manage information security in private and public organisations.

Örebro University is ranked in the 401–500 band in Times Higher Education and ORUSB is AACSB-accredited.

Duties and responsibilities

As a rule, a professor at Örebro University spends the bulk of their working hours on research. A professor is also expected to work actively to bring in external research grants to the subject, take overall responsibility for its research activities, and monitor developments within the subject field internationally. A professor is expected to be involved at all three levels of higher education and to communicate and collaborate around their own and the department’s research activities.

A professor is moreover expected, within the scope of their employment, to make themselves available for executive and administrative assignments at the university. We wish that you can play a central and leading role in scientific collaboration and development of the subject. Considering the nature of the tasks, high attendance at the workplace is important.

Qualifications

A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise is qualified for employment as a professor.

A general eligibility criterion for permanent teaching positions at Örebro University is that the applicant has 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. This assessment will be made by Örebro University. For appointment as professor, the applicant must also have completed courses on doctoral supervision. A professor who at the time of appointment does not meet these criteria must complete the required courses no later than within two years of taking up the position.

Assessment criteria

When appointing a professor, both the applicant’s research expertise and their teaching expertise will be assessed, and as much attention is to be given to the applicant’s teaching expertise as to their research expertise. The assessment is also 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. In addition, the applicant’s suitability for the position and their leadership skills will be assessed. Suitability refers to the applicant demonstrating the personal qualities required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities at hand; to be able to cooperate with other members of staff; and to contribute to the development of university operations.

Research expertise

The applicant’s research expertise will be assessed based on their national and international standing and recognition in the research community. Research expertise is demonstrated through independent research contributions, which to a substantial degree exceed those that are required for appointment as a docent, in terms of both quality and the number of publications. Recognition is also demonstrated by means of the applicant’s ability to lead and develop research, as well as through the supervision of doctoral students. It is desirable for applicants to have been the principal supervisor of at least two doctoral students, seeing them through to their exam. Research expertise also encompasses being the principal researcher of projects with research grants that have been secured in competition with others and holding positions of trust in academia.

Additional assessment criteria for research expertise:

Mandatory is

  • ability to publish research in international scientific journals
  • documented ability to secure external research grants as principal investigator

Particular importance will be attached to

  • the applicant’s qualifications for contributing to future development of research in the CERIS application areas. Applicants must have documented experience from research in at least one of the application areas within CERIS and should provide a clear account for a future research agenda in one or more area(s).
  • the applicant’s qualifications for contributing to a future development of synergies between CERIS application areas, as CERIS combines research in more than one application area.

Importance will be attached to

  • empirical based research, as CERIS research is typically conducted in collaboration with companies or agencies.
  • documented experience of both technical and social science aspects within information systems/informatics.

Merit will be attached to

  • high impact reports of relevance for the application areas within CERIS.
  • the applicant’s use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as documented experience of using mixed-methods in research.

Additional qualifications are considered to be

  • experiences from building international networks as well as membership in editorial boards, research councils, funding bodies or leadership of scientific conferences/workshops.

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.

The applicant’s teaching expertise will be assessed in terms of the width and scope of various methods and teaching modes applied at the bachelor’s, master’s and/or doctoral levels, including experience of individual supervision at different levels, in addition to the supervision of doctoral students. Documented experience of course- and programme development within information systems/informatics is mandatory.

Moreover, the ability to develop, plan, execute and evaluate modes of teaching and examination, and to contribute to educational development, such as preparing teaching materials, textbooks and/or steering documents relating to teaching will be assessed, as will the ability to maintain a scientific approach in teaching.

Additional assessment criteria for teaching expertise:

Collaborative skills

The applicant’s collaborative skills will be assessed in terms of the width and scope of the cooperation and/or collaboration undertaken, internationally as well as nationally, within academia and with the wider community.

Leadership skills

Applicants’ leadership and administrative skills will be assessed in terms of the scope and width of their qualifications and experience from leadership roles and/or academic assignments within education and research.

Other assessment criteria
Particular importance is attached to suitability, that is, personal characteristics required to perform the duties and responsibilities at hand, to cooperate with other members of staff, and to contribute to the development of Örebro University’s operations. The person we are looking for has good interpersonal and cooperative skills, power of initiative, an interest in development efforts, and the aim set for a career within academia.

Good communicative skills in English, both in speech and writing, are mandatory. The applicant must be able to perform administrative and pedagogical tasks, which require understanding and use of the Swedish language. We expect a successful applicant to be able to communicate in Swedish, both in speech and writing, within two years.

Information

This is a permanent full-time position. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information, please contact Professor Fredrik Karlsson, This is an email address or Head of school Erik Löfmarck, 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 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.

Örebro University aims to improve the gender balance among professors and especially encourages female candidates to apply.

Application

The application is made online. 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 and Danish can be reviewed.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:  https://www.oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-vacancies/applicants-and-external-experts/

The application deadline is 2022-08-31. 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.