Head of Department and (Associate) Professor in Gerontology

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.


  • PhD degree
  • Competence as associate professor is required. Competence as a full professor is of merit.
  • 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
  • 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.

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.


Publish Date:
Institute Name: Jönköping University
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Country: Sweden
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