Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

Here you have an opportunity to belong to an innovative research environment that develops new knowledge about one of the great societal challenges of our time - to support and understand the digital transformation in companies and in society. The information systems research group is part of the Division of Digital Services and Systems which also includes the Center for Distance Spanning Technology and the Center for Security in Society and Critical Infrastructures. The Division consists of about 35 employees: researchers, teachers, and project managers. The research within the information systems group focuses on an overarching level on sustainable digital transformation from societal, organizational and individual perspectives. We do this by conducting teaching and research in the areas of responsible digital innovation, data-driven decision making and information security. The professor will belong to the research subject Information Systems and will work with teaching and research projects within their own expertise at the division.

The position of the professorship is at the department of computer science, electrical and space engineering, where Luleå University of Technology has gathered research in, among other things, computer science, information systems, signals and systems, and automation. The department's turnover is approximately SEK 220 million, of which education accounts for half and external funds for research for the other half. The department has well-developed collaborations with research institutes, industry partners, universities and other authorities in both research projects and student projects.

The environment at the department is open, dynamic and brings together researchers from around twenty different nationalities as well as doctoral students and students from all over the world.

Subject description
The research subject Information systems focuses on the design and use of information technology in relation to humans, organisations and societies.

The position as professor and head of subject includes the main responsibility for the subject's development, including research, postgraduate education and education at bachelor’s and master’s level. The professor and head of subject has a special responsibility to ensure funding of the activity and for contacts with the surrounding society. An important task is to build a strong research group where doctoral students, colleagues and students thrives and develops. The position as chair and subject representative is a permanent appointment.

Qualified for an appointment as professor are those who have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise. As much attention must be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise.

In order to meet the requirements for the appointment as professor, the applicants must:

  • be prominent within their subject area and demonstrate, within that area, original and innovative scientific activities of high international standard, comprising a complete scientific production equivalent to at least three doctoral theses;
  • demonstrate academic leadership through, for example,
  • research-related commissions of trust, for instance, as an external expert, an external reviewer or a member of an examining committee,
  • management of national or international research projects,
  • experience of applying for and being granted, in competition, external funding for research and development projects,
  • experience of managerial tasks within a University.
    • demonstrate the ability to collaborate with the wider community through, for example,
      • dissemination of new knowledge to the wider community,
      • incorporation of societal needs into research and/or education contexts.
    • have experience of supervising doctoral students and have been the principal supervisor for at least one doctoral student for the entire period from admission to doctoral degree, unless there are special grounds to the contrary,
    • have demonstrated teaching expertise.

When recruiting a professor/head of subject, great importance must be attached to leadership skills. Such skills include, for example

  • experience of management responsibility, conflict management and staff development,
  • self-knowledge and capacity to reflect on their own management experience,
  • demonstration of budget responsibility or other financial responsibilities.

Assessment criteria
The following assessment criteria are applied for the position:

  • research expertise
  • teaching expertise
  • ability to lead and develop operations
  • other assessment criteria.

Other assessment criteria (weighted equally):

  • Ability to collaborate with the surrounding community
  • Ability to collaborate within the university
  • Ability to obtain external research and development funding
  • Solid publication track record in relevant Information Systems domain
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and establish new research areas
  • Good communication skills in English, verbally and in writing.

For this position assessment criteria research expertise and teaching expertise will be prioritized. Special importance will also be attached to leadership skills.

Applicants must be willing to learn Swedish and will hopefully communicate in Swedish within a 3-year period. Luleå University of Technology offers tailor-made courses to reach an acceptable level of Swedish.

For more information, please contact: Head of Department Niklas Lehto, +46 (0)920 492085,, Head of Division Johan Wenngren, +46 (0)920 492059,

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson +46(0)920-49 1529,, OFR-S Lars Frisk, +46(0)920-49 1792,

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below and attach the requested application documents including diplomas (certified and translated into Swedish or English), pedagogical self-reflection and publications, etc. We prefer that applicants follows the Instructions for applicants. Note that the applicant´s educational qualifications should be particularly documented. Mark your application with the reference number below. Please write your application in English. We often have English speaking external experts.

Closing day for applications: January 31, 2024
Reference number: 5226-2023