Karlstads universitet / Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap / Handelshögskolan

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CTF, the Service Research Center (www.ctf.kau.se), is one of the worlds leading research centers in the area of services. The center employs around 60 researchers and doctoral students who conduct research in business administration, psychology, information systems, working life science, sociology, and sociology of religion. CTF is renowned for its extensive partnerships with business and public organizations and is appointed as excellent research group at Karlstad University.

The postdoctoral position will be connected to ongoing research within CTF focused on increasing the understanding of and thereby strengthening the industrial sector and on measuring the innovativeness of Swedish businesses.

Regarding the first area, companies within the industrial sector are undergoing a process commonly referred to as servitization, which involves a shift from offering products to offering solutions that provide value in use. Recent research shows that servitization is associated with development of new service-oriented business models. Thus, business models represent one important area of research for this postdoctoral position. The second area of research concerns measuring Swedish businesses’ perceived innovativeness. In both areas, CTF has made progress and the successful applicant is expected to take part in the continuing development in these areas. We expect the successful applicant to have some experience in at least one of the intended research areas but to show willingness to participate in both.

The postdoctoral researcher should show clear ambition to achieve international journal publications in relevant areas such as marketing, management or similar. In this context, excellent results are equivalent to publications in level 2-4 journals according to the ABS list. The aim is to produce research that is relevant to individuals, organisations and society as a whole. The position will mostly comprise research. The rest, at most 20%, usually comprises teaching or other development work.

Qualification requirements
The eligibility requirements for a postdoctoral position is a doctor’s degree. Candidates for the present position need to hold a PhD in Business Administration. The doctor’s degree may not have been rewarded more than three years prior the application deadline. Applicants with doctor’s degrees awarded earlier may be taken into consideration if there are special reasons to do so, such as parental leave and illness.

Assessment criteria
Considerable weight is given to applicants’ academic merits and particularly to publications in international journals related to CTF’s research areas. Special weight is given to journal publications in the area of service research. Special weight is also given to applicants’ ability to perform and understand advanced statistical methods. It is important that the successful applicant is highly motivated and shows ability to work independently as well as to cooperate with other researchers, since much of the research done at CTF is collaborative and transdisciplinary. Good oral and written skills in English are required.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time position for a fixed term of two years, as per collective bargaining agreement. The period of appointment may be extended if there are special reasons to do so, such as illness or parental leave. Starting date as per agreement.

The application should include well-documented qualifications and the contact details of two references. Applicants are responsible for documenting qualifications in a way that allows for objective and qualitative assessments.

Application should include:

  • Application letter in which the applicant describes him/herself and his/her research interests in relation to the specialization of the position
  • CV with certified copies of transcripts and degree certificates
  • Copies of doctoral thesis and other relevant publications
  • Other documents the applicant wants to submit
  • Verification of English and Swedish language skills

Applications should be submitted electronically via the university’s web-based recruitment system. All documents and publications to be considered should be submitted as part of the application – do not only supply links to these publications. Exception: One copy of documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet

State the reference number: REK2018/38
Application deadline: March 15, 2018

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and decline any contacts from advertising or recruitment agencies.

For questions about the position, contact Professor Per Kristensson, per.kristensson@kau.se, or Professor Lars Witell, lars.witell@kau.se

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours Full time
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/38
  • Per Kristensson, professor och föreståndare CTF, per.kristensson@kau.se
  • Lars Witell, professor, lars.witell@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
Published 15.Feb.2018
Last application date 15.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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