Lund University, LTH,

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Department of Computer Science at LTH, Lund University, is now recruiting a Head of Department. We intend to employ a Senior lecturer who will carry out the time-limited assignment as head of department at about 50 %. Normally, the head of department assignment is for 3 + 3 years and it is the Dean of LTH who appoints the head of department. The department performs teaching, research and collaboration with the wider society on the subject of computer science. The teaching includes basic courses given to a wide range of educational programs, and advanced courses that are primarily given to programs with a focus on IT and mathematics. The research is organized in four units, comprising eight research groups and is conducted in collaboration with industry and with academics at other universities in Sweden and internationally, dominantly within the framework of the research programs WASP and ELLIIT.

The department has approximately 75 employees, of which 25 are doctoral students. The head of the department (HoD) is the overall manager, chair of the department's board of governance, and is member of the faculty's council of HoDs. The HoD is appointed by the Dean of LTH, who is the immediate superior. The HoD must ensure that research and education are performed with high quality within the department's operations and promote the department's collaboration with the wider society. The HoD is the primary representive for the department inside and outside the university. The department is now looking for a HoD who will be employed as a university lecturer, but with the possibility of promotion to professor for those who meet the requirements according to LTH's guidelines for promotion.

At the department there is a management team, consisting of the HoD, assistant and deputy HoD, heads of units, directors of studies and the administrative manager. When the HoD is absent, the deputy HoD acts on the duties. It is advantageous if the head and deputy head complement each other's skills. The assistant HoD acts within a defined area or in a specific situation. The role as HoD today requires approx. 50% of a full-time position, but this may vary depending on how the HoD and the assistant HoD choose to distribute the duties between them.

In addition to the HoD assignment, the work duties include teaching at basic, advanced and postgraduate level, research including supervision of postgraduate students, and collaboration with the wider society. LTH offers career paths for research and teaching with promotion to docent and professor as well as the pedagogical competence degree Excellent Teaching Practitioner (ETP).

Computer Science

Subject description
The subject of computer science at LTH covers a wide range of subtopics, ranging from theoretical computer science, via application-oriented method development in e.g. programming languages, machine learning and computer graphics, to empirical studies of socio-technical aspects of software engineering.

Work duties
The primary operational duties for the head of department are to:

  • take on responsibility for the department’s daily operations and ensure that they are conducted in accordance with laws, regulations, collective agreements, and other agreements to ensure a correct exercise of authority.
  • ensure that employer liability is maintained, as well as being a good leader and role model.
  • have or be able to develop a good knowledge of finance and operational management, as well as the university's regulatory system, vision, and strategy.
  • have good knowledge of academic research, education, and collaboration with the wider society.
  • collaborate with and engage teachers, researchers, employees and students.
  • manage the decision-making powers delegated by the dean at LTH, the department board and the faculty board.

Strategic tasks include understanding and supporting the development of the various activities within the department:

  • identify future opportunities and set visions for the department in both teaching and research.
  • actively work with long-term competence provision and development.
  • promote the department within the faculty and the university, especially through collaboration with other departments in the profile areas of LTH and LU.
  • promote the department nationally and internationally.
  • promote collaboration with industry and across research and education areas within the faculty and the university.
  • take a comprehensive view of the development of LTH and LU.

Work duties also include:

  • Research within the subject area.
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies.
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students.
  • Actively seeking external research funding.
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above.

Requirements for the position
The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Eligible for employment at least at the level of university lecturer at LTH, see below. Furthermore, the scientific competence must be within the subject of computer science, according to the specific subject description above.
  • Experience in managing staff and good management and organizational skills.
  • Good ability to promote collaboration and create involvement.
  • Experience in business management and good ability to work with and anchor strategic business development.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in Swedish and English.
  • Eligible to be the main supervisor for doctoral students, i.e. possess docent competence or equivalent.

Other qualifications

  • Knowledge of the organization and operations of LTH.
  • Good ability to attract research funding.
  • Pedagogical qualification, at a level corresponding to LTH's educational qualification programme Excellent Teaching Practitioner (ETP).
  • Significant documented research experience (e.g. from postdoc or doctoral studies) from another university/institute or relevant experience from industry/public sector.

Formal qualification requirements
Appointment to senior lecturer requires that the applicant has:

  • A PhD or corresponding research competence or professional expertise considered important with regard to the subject matter of the post and the work duties it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means, unless there are valid reasons.

When assessing the applicants, special importance will be given to research and teaching expertise within the subject, assessing research and teaching expertise equally.

The assessment criteria specify the aspects to be taken into account, and the level to be achieved, in order for the assessment criteria to be deemed fulfilled. The following assessment criteria must be fulfilled for appointment to senior lecturer:

  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • An ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

The extent to which the applicant, through their experience and skills, may complement and strengthen ongoing research, undergraduate education, departmental innovation, and how they can contribute to the future development of the department will also be taken into consideration.

We offer 
Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.  Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee:

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2809
  • Annika Olsson, +46462229734
  • Per Runeson, +46462229325
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362,
Published 20.Sep.2023
Last application date 29.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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