The School of Engineering

The School of Engineering is one of four schools within Jönköping University. We offer attractive technical education at undergraduate and graduate levels and conduct advanced research in several technological areas. The School of Engineering is able to award doctorates in the area of industrial product realization. We collaborate with the surrounding society to develop new technology and spread knowledge to strengthen the competitiveness of companies. Working with us, you are close to colleagues in an international environment with great opportunities to influence and develop.

We are seeking a head of department for operations management with focus on education development and research management!

The department of materials and manufacturing today consists of about 40 researchers and PhD students with background in material science, chemistry, mechanics and physics. The research is interdisciplinary and includes the whole chain from casting and coating process and material properties to materials science as well as modelling and simulation. There are 4 main research areas that work closely: Al and other light alloys, cast iron, surface technology and simulation and optimization technology. They form a cutting edge research group at Jönköping University and School of Engineering and have a well-equipped experimental lab for both manufacturing processes and materials characterization. Besides their fundamental research requirements, most of our research projects are industrial oriented and involve high-tech industrial partners.

Work description

We offer an internationally leading academic environment where the head of department is expected to lead, manage and develop the department to strive for the highest possible standards of excellence in all education and research activities. An important part of the job is to support colleagues and contribute to being successful in funding and developing skills and experience. As head of department you are also responsible for working for a good work environment.  

The position includes responsibility for strategic planning, recruitments and to develop and follow up the departmental budget that complies with financial regulations set by the university and funding agencies. The position may also include various academic responsibilities across the university.


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD preferably in mechanical engineering, product development or materials engineering. The position of head of department requires proven skills in areas such as management of higher education and research as well as administration of education and research and academic institutional activities. This means that the candidate has the ability to engage, delegate and communicate constructively with people and set strategic work for the department.

Due to the international working environment, a good level of the English language, both written and oral, is expected. Knowledge of the Swedish language on intermediate level, both written and oral, is expected. To thrive in this position, we believe you have substantial skills in mechanical engineering and material science research and education. Previous experience of applied research and external funding is also requested.

The successful candidate is truly interested in educational and managerial activities and eagerly welcomes new challenges, is self-driven, analytical, result-oriented and can conduct teamwork in an international and multicultural environment in a respectful manner. The candidate is engaged in coaching colleagues and support young researchers in their career planning.

Furthermore, meritorious for the appointment are if you have:

  • qualified as Associate Professor or Full Professor;
  • experience from mechanical and materials science and engineering, in terms of both education and research as well as operational management of Swedish academic affairs
  • high academic ranking and experience from industrial research
  • experience of academic leadership experience.

For full eligibility requirements for the academic positions at JU, see "Appointment Procedure at Jönköping University"


The employment is until further notice. The appointment as head of department is for three years with possibilities to prolongation. The employment starts September 1, 2019 or as agreed upon. Individual salary setting and collective agreement applicable. 


Welcome with your application, no later than April 25, 2019. Your application must include:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • references
  • motivational letter for the position and a statement of leadership/management philosophy
  • a certified copy of doctoral degree.

We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.


Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2019/1563-221
  • Ingrid Wadskog, +46 36-10 1650
Union representative
  • Thomas Axelsson, ST, +46 36-10 1076
  • Mikael Palmgren, Saco-S, +46 36-10 1647
Published 04.Apr.2019
Last application date 25.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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