Postdoctoral Position in Healthcare Improvement at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a Postdoc position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applicants should apply before October 15, 2018.

The Department of Technology Management and Economics (TME) broadly researches the interaction between technology development, industrial systems, society, people and the environment. The research can be divided into three main research areas, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain & Operations Management and Sustainability & Society Studies. The department is organized in six divisions for research and teaching and one support function and it hosts four research centres and the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers’ Areas of Advance.

Information about the division

The Division of Service Management and Logistics (SML) focuses on the design, management and improvement of processes and services from the perspective of the individual organization as well as the wider supply chain. The key aim of our research activity is to address societal challenges and contribute to industrial leadership. The division has a particular focus on three service-intensive sectors: healthcare, transport & logistics, and construction. The emphasis lies on resource utilization, improvement and development of processes as well as inter-organizational relationships. The division pursues problem-oriented and inter-disciplinary research, with strong emphasis on industry relevance with high visibility in leading academic journals.

The post doc position at the Division of Service Management and Logistics will be associated with Centre for Healthcare Improvement (CHI), which acts as a focal point for research, utilization and professional education within improvement, innovation and transformation of the healthcare sector in Sweden. The centre has developed good interaction with various organizations in the healthcare sector and builds upon expertise and networks nationally as well as internationally that provide good grounding for conducting research and teaching in combination with effective utilization.

Major responsibilities

The appointment of the post doc is intended to strengthen the division's research, education and effective utilization, individually and in combination, within the subject area and methodological range of healthcare improvement. In particular, the post doc will conduct research with focus on improvement and renewal at various system levels within healthcare. Associated with CHI, an important objective is to conduct research in a close collaborative and co-creative fashion between Chalmers and the Swedish healthcare sector, and to disseminate results of research in form of actionable knowledge to practitioners through education and effective utilization. For this purpose, the post doc is expected to spend a considerable amount of time on-site in healthcare organizations.

The primary duty as a post doc is to perform own research, as a member of a research group and to participate in ongoing and future projects at the division, and to publish the results in high quality journals.

The position includes teaching up to 20 percent of your working hours, in the bachelor and master courses in relevant areas and in professional education provided through CHI, and/or other departmental tasks. Teaching will be conducted at various levels, teaching professionals as well as undergraduate students and supervising master theses.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


To qualify for the post doc position, the applicant must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field of the particular position, such as Quality improvement, Healthcare management, Organisational change or similar theoretical areas, as well as experience and skills in collaborative and action-oriented research methods.

The degree should generally not be older than three years. In addition, experience from a post doctoral position or qualified research and development in the field is meritorious; experience of project management is an advantage. The post doc must also have experience from work within the healthcare sector.

Knowledge of and proven ability to conduct research in collaboration with external organizations through action-oriented research methods is required. Good knowledge of the Swedish language is required, since a substantial amount of work is conducted in interaction with Swedish healthcare professionals at various organisational levels.

We look for candidates who can contribute to existing research focus as well as stimulate new research pathways related to healthcare improvement. The applicant is expected to conduct empirical research as primary activity, primarily applying a qualitative research approach. Results of research are expected to be disseminated through interactions with professionals as well as publications in highly-ranked journals within the subject area

Other meritorious experiences and skills are:

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180492 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
- CV, include complete list of publications
- Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
- Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
- 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
- Previous research fields and main research results.
- Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
- Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 15 October, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Andreas Hellstrm, Division of Service Management and Logistics


Phone: +46-31-7728188

Patrik Alexandersson, Centre for Healthcare Improvement


Phone: +46-31-7726760

Dan Andersson, Head of Unit, Division of Service Management and Logistics


Phone: +46-31-7721339


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