Full Professor in Product- and Production development

At Mälardalen University people meet who want to develop themselves and the future. We have 19 900 students reading courses and study programmes in Business and Economics, Health, Engineering and Education at our campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås, or by distance. We conduct research within all fields of education and have internationally prominent research in Future Energy and Embedded Systems. Our close collaboration with the private and public sectors enable us at MDH to contribute towards the better health of people and towards a more sustainable planet. To strengthen Sweden as an education and research country, the Government is to upgrade Mälardalen University College to Mälardalen University from 1 January 2022.

At the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering our students are studying to be for example innovators, entrepreneurs, illustrators, communications officers, network technicians and engineers. Here we have the research specialisations of Embedded Systems, and Innovation and Product Realisation. Our work takes place in cooperation with and in strategic agreements with companies, organisations and public authorities in the region.

Employment information

Employment: Permanent employment
Scope: Full time
Closing date for application: 2021-10-10
Campus location: Eskilstuna
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, (IDT), Division of Product Realisation

Position description

Mälardalen University is recruiting a full professor in Product and Production Development with specialization in digital industrial services. The position is related to our research and education in the areas of the next generation of intelligent industrial products, services, and systems (beyond Industry 4.0). It is of interest for you who work with industrial digitalization of products and services based on digital twins and technology from AI, operations research and cyber-physical systems, and want to apply your knowledge in the exciting area of product and production development. At MDH you will get the opportunity to lead and develop your expertise area together with a great team of leading researchers who work with the application areas of production systems, industrial robotics, next-generation logistics and industrial process control. We work closely with our external partners to create unique solutions in the forefront based on the latest developments in the area. We have leading competences today in for example vision systems, simulation, optimization and machine learning. Today at IDT we have around 130 senior researchers and 100 doctoral students.

Your role is to take responsibility for the application area of digital industrial services. This includes research on how new products and services can be built and introduced, through cloud services and digital twins and technologies from AI, operations research and related areas, in an industrial production context.

As our new professor, you are an important part in shaping the future of the Industry 4.0 focus of MDH. You have a background relevant to the area (e.g. from mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or computer science), and have an interest in automation and decision-making in industrial processes. The field is of strategic importance for MDH, and the position as full professor in product and production development relates directly to our research and education in the field.

As a full professor you are expected to:

  • lead and develop research in your area of expertise
  • seek and attract external research funding
  • lead, plan and implement teaching at the undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate level
  • supervise PhD students
  • contribute to continued development of the research group
  • contribute to the development of strategic ongoing and future initiatives at the University
  • build networks and collaborate in research with external actors regionally, nationally and internationally
  • engage in committees and councils to contribute to joint development

Our offer

MDH offers excellent work conditions and research possibilities in a well-recognised and -established research environment in the Mälaren region. As a new employee, you will enter an exciting stage when the government has proposed that Mälardalens högskola from 1 January 2022 will be Mälardalen University. The professorship will be fully funded, including funding for building up the research with one new doctoral student. 

We also offer close collaboration with our partner companies and within the research group, and with a high degree of freedom to develop and advance the research activities in the next generation of production research. We perform leading research in embedded systems and production development. For example, MDH is a partner of the initiative for Excellence in Production Research (XPRES), a collaboration project between Mälardalen University, the Royal Institute of Technology, RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and SWERIM. XPRES is one of two state-funded Swedish strategic initiatives for excellent research in Production Engineering. 

We are an important partner to our regional industrial partners and our research should be of industrial relevance as well as a high academic standard, with a track record of publications in highly ranked journals. Our goal is to achieve academic excellence in research and education at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral levels by contributing to theory and practice. 

Qualification requirements

Academic skills will have been demonstrated by independent research work which to a significant degree exceeds the requirements for docent competence (see the University’s Guidelines for assessment of docent competence).

Importance is also attached to the planning and leading of research. Academic skills may also have been demonstrated by the ability to achieve results in research through cooperation in joint projects of benefit to academia and to industry/the public sector/society in general and through the ability to disseminate research.

Teaching skills will have been demonstrated by teaching at first-cycle as well as third-cycle levels. The assessment of teaching skills shall apply to the planning, carrying out and evaluation of teaching as well as supervision and examination. Teaching skills shall be documented in such a way that their quality can also be assessed.

The applicant should have completed ten weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge. A person appointed as a Professor but lacking training in higher education teaching and learning will be offered in-house training within two and a half years. The course in higher education teaching and learning at Mälardalen University corresponds to ten weeks of training.

We are looking for an active researcher with a track record that includes research projects and publications in relevant journals and/or conferences in the field. In addition, you should have experience in relevant research activities to identify future research opportunities and have a strong interest in collaboration with relevant external industrial partners.

The applicant must have a documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or English unless there are special reasons.

The position includes supervision of doctoral students, and therefore well-documented skill in supervision at doctoral level is necessary. Normally, the applicant should have been the principal supervisor for at least one doctoral student up to and including the successful PhD defense.

For other information, consult the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, and the Appointments Procedure for Mälardalen University.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria shall be based on the degree of skills required for the appointment. In general terms these assessment criteria shall include the ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to fulfil the duties well.

The same attention shall be paid to the assessment of teaching skills as to the assessment of academic skills.

When assessing scientific expertise, special emphasis is placed on research qualifications in product and production development using approaches from applied operations research (including simulation), artificial intelligence and/or cyber-physical systems. When assessing pedagogical skills, special emphasis is placed on broad and deep pedagogical skills in undergraduate education in the same field, especially in supply chains and quality technology. 

The applicant shall be able to provide references which demonstrate the ability to make contacts easily and create dialogues with companies and organizations and references that support the applicant’s ability to inspire cooperation and network building.

The research at MDH is funded mainly by external grants, and therefore, the applicant should have experience from successfully applying to and obtaining external research funding, in particular for major research projects / programs (e.g. EU projects).

The applicant must have a very good ability to collaborate and communicate in a professional manner, and, in an independent way lead and drive research forward. You are also expected to be able to meet students in a professional and committed manner and contribute to the collegial environment.

Teaching takes place both on Campus and digitally, which is why knowledge of managing and implementing teaching in various digital systems, e.g. Canvas and Zoom, is valuable.

Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organisation.


  • Experience from work at or with industry, research institutes or government agencies
  • Experience from course and program development at advanced and postgraduate level
  • Experience from international collaboration
  • Administrative and leadership skills from academia

All qualifications must be documented so that both quality and scope can be assessed.


Application is made online. Make your application by clicking the "Apply" button below.

The scientific publications that you do not have in digital form are to be sent by post in three copies to:

Mälardalen University 
Division of Human Resources
Ref.no: 2021/1633 
Box 883 
721 23 Västerås

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than closing date for application.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Contact person

Markus Bohlin

Head of Division

016-15 32 95

Michaël Le Duc

Union representative SACO

+46 (0) 21 10 14 02

Susanne Meijer

Union representative (OFR)

+46 (0) 21 10 14 89

Mälardalens högskola

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Deadline: 2021-10-10
Location: Sweden, Västerås
Categories: Digital Industrial Services, Production Development, Production Engineering, Professor ,


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