The Institute of Gerontology (IFG) is a department at the School of Health and Welfare conducting multidisciplinary research, courses and education programs on older age and ageing.

The School of Health and Welfare (HHJ) is one of four schools at Jönköping University. We offer an international and team-oriented workplace with competitive education programmes, across Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels, as well as a thriving research environment and many opportunities for personal development.

The School of Health and Welfare intends to be recognized as one of the leading institutions that clearly combine education, internship and research within the school’s focus areas. The research conducted at HHJ is characterised by interdisciplinarity and has the overall aim of contributing to the formation of theories and improving methods and practices for the promotion, preservation and rehabilitation of individuals’ health and well-being.


As Head of Department at IFG, you will have overall responsibility for the Institute, in activities that include research, education, seminars, and responsibility for budget and personnel. You will be tasked to develop strategies for the Institute and will be part of the management team of the School of Health and Welfare. The assignment as Head of Department is on a part-time basis limited to four years, but it is combined with an incumbent position as a full-time permanent Professor/Associate professor.

As Professor/Associate professor you will independently carry out research in gerontology in collaboration with surrounding society (e.g. geriatric clinics, old age care, and civil society), write grant applications, and instruct junior colleges and students. The position also includes planning, initiating, leading and developing teaching activities at the Institute.


To quality for this position, a PhD degree and competence as associate professor is required. Competence as a full professor is of merit.  Applicants should have comprehensive experience of gerontological research from a social or medical perspective and should hold skills and documented excellence within the field. Documented experience of academic leadership is required.  The applicant should also have thorough experience of teaching in higher education and supervising doctoral students.

Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement, and knowledge of Swedish is an advantage. English-speaking applicants are expected to learn the Swedish language within two years of employment, to facilitate collaboration with surrounding society.

The following skills are an advantage for the position:

  • distinguished skills as an academic leader
  • experience with staff and budget responsibility
  • experience in conducting interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research
  • a research profile in in applied gerontological research and/or clinical or practical development
  • experience of cooperation with external/societal collaborators
  • a broad international research network.

As an applicant, you should have experience of working well in teams, of working in interdisciplinary environments and collaborating with surrounding society. As a person, you should have the ability to lead others, make decisions, and organize work effectively. You should be able to manage resources in a cost-effective way and enable the development of the organization.

Additional positive leadership qualities are the ability to contribute to a creative environment, increase participation and job satisfaction among employees, and the ability to motivate others to effectively reach common goals.


Starting date is 1st August 2018 or by agreement. The position is a full-time permanent position as an Professor or Associate professor with a four-year appointment as Head of Department. During the appointment as Head of Department, you will work 50% as Head of Department and 50% as Associate professor/Professor.


Your application should include:

  • application letter with information about the applicant
  • letter of intent (max 2 pages) (Appendix 1)
  • complete CV including references (Appendix 2)
  • validated doctoral degree certificate (Appendix 3)
  • validated certificates of completed university education courses (Appendix 4)
  • a comprehensive account of accomplishments for the position, to be assessed by a panel of experts (Appendix 5a, 5b etc)
  • a maximum of ten most relevant peer-reviewed publications (Appendix 6a, 6b etc.)

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.

Anställningsform Tillsvidareanställning
Anställningens omfattning Heltid
Tillträde August 1, 2018
Löneform monthly salary
Antal lediga befattningar 1
Sysselsättningsgrad 100%
Ort Jönköping
Län Jönköpings län
Land Sverige
Referensnummer 2018/940-221
  • Dennis Larsson, +46 36-10 1523
Facklig företrädare
  • Brittmarie Jacobsson, Saco-S, +46 36-10 1342
  • Thomas Axelsson, ST, +46 36-10 1076
  • Emma Kramer, Lärarförbundet, +46 36-10 1289
Publicerat 2018-03-16
Sista ansökningsdag 2018-05-31

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