Professor of War Studies specialising in ground operations and tactics


The Swedish Defence University is an internationally recognized higher education institution in the field of defence, crisis management, and security. We offer a unique academic environment where the civilian and military worlds meet. We train civilian and military leaders, experts, and researchers to analyse and manage current and future crisis situations and security problems. The Swedish Defence University trains Sweden’s officers and spearheads the academic development of the officer profession. We conduct research into international law, defence systems, war studies, leadership under stressful conditions, command and control science, military history, political science focusing on security policy and strategy, and political science focusing on crisis management and international cooperation.

The Swedish Defence University is looking for a Professor of War Studies specialising in ground operations and tactics The core interests of war studies are war, warfare, and the exercise of military power. Typical war studies research subjects include the nature of war, the usefulness of military means, the modus operandi of military organisations, and how military abilities are created, led, organised, and utilised in various types of operations (conventional and non-conventional). War studies also encompasses the drivers within military organisations, the development of the officer profession, and the conditions of victory or defeat in battle, campaigns, and wars, as well as issues relating to women, peace, and security.

The position is currently located in the Department of Military Studies at the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm. The department is characterised by an academic environment where research and education intersect and where teachers and researchers collaborate in theory and practice. The department’s subjects include war studies, command and control science, military history, and military technology.

Duties The professorship in war studies specialising in ground operations and tactics is a key position for continuing the academic development of the officer training in the field of war science in cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces. The goal is to conduct high-quality, praxis-focused research on tactics and ground operations in order to develop the scientific foundation of the officer profession and create world class officer training. The position includes a leadership role in the development of the war studies subject through research, teaching, and supervision at first, second and third-cycle level, alongside the other subject professors. The professor will also work to promote equality at the university. The position also includes handling administrative leadership tasks within the department and the university.

General requirements for teachers Civilian and military teachers at the Swedish Defence University must have completed and passed a course in teaching and learning in higher education prior to, or no later than one and a half years after the start of their employment.

The applicant must have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a team environment.

Entry Requirements To be eligible for an appointment as professor, the applicant must have displayed both scientific and teaching proficiency. For a more detailed description of the entry requirements, see the Swedish Defence University’s appointment procedure at: https://www.fhs.se/om-forsvarshogskolan/jobba-hos-oss/lediga-jobb.html?query=Externa&locale=sv

Assessment grounds When appointing a professor, the degree to which applicants have the necessary proficiency for such a position shall form the grounds for the assessment. The assessment of pedagogical proficiency shall be given equal weight to the assessment of scientific proficiency. In addition to scientific and pedagogical proficiency, applicants must have shown leadership proficiency. Qualifications and merits in this field must also be documented in writing and, preferably, include a review.

The following assessment grounds are also included when appointing an applicant to this position:

Scientific proficiency proven through war studies research focusing on the areas of ground operations and tactics, and which have been documented in highly ranked academic publications subject to peer review. Proficiency in planning, carrying out, and evaluating primarily professional training in the field of war studies (or equivalent), at a first and second-cycle level, and documented proficiency in supervising doctoral students. Documented leadership proficiency, especially with regards to building up, leading, and developing high-quality research, especially experience of working with applications for research funding, and ability to coordinate groups, resolving conflicts, and promoting commitment and participation.

As the department is striving for a more equal gender distribution in its teaching staff for this subject area, the department welcomes female applicants for this position. Where there is an unequal gender balance, the Swedish Defence University can, in the event of equally or nearly equally qualified applicants, choose to accept an applicant of an underrepresented gender.

Applicants shall have documented proficiency in teaching in English. If the person appointed is not proficient in Swedish at the start of their appointment, they are expected to acquire the necessary language skills during the first two years of employment.

The appointment The appointment is for a permanent position, full time, with a start date to be set in consultation with the applicant.

The Swedish Defence University strives for equality and diversity among all its positions. We welcome applicants with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is natural for us to strive for an inclusive work climate and for our employees to be able to combine work with active parenting.

Application The application shall be designed using our template, Mall för läraransökan [Template application for teaching staff], available from this link: https://www.fhs.se/om-forsvarshogskolan/jobba-hos-oss/lediga-jobb.html?query=Externa&locale=sv

The application should be written in English as it may be reviewed by international experts whose professional language is English.

Applicants must also select at most ten publications to refer to in support of their application. The publications are sent directly to the experts, once appointed. If the application documents will be supplemented, this must be stated in the application. The applicant may supplement their application within two weeks of the application deadline.

The application is submitted via the Swedish Defence University’s recruitment system, available via the “Logga in och sök jobbet” [Log in to apply for the job] link on the job listing page. State reference number HF/HR 101/2019.

Information Further information about the position is available from:

Head of Department Colonel Christian Jeppsson, christian.jeppsson@fhs.se Professor Peter Thunholm, peter.thunholm@fhs.se HR Specialist Erika Flodström erika.flodstrom@fhs.se

Union representatives are Ronnie Hjorth (SACO-S), Anders Oltorp (OFR/O) and Christian Friman (OFR/S-Försvarsförbundet).

All can be reached via +46 (0)8-553 425 00 (switchboard).

Please submit your application no later than 05/01/2020!


Anställningsform Tillsvidareanställning
Anställningens omfattning Heltid
Tillträde After consultation with the applicant
Löneform Monthly salary
Antal lediga befattningar 1
Sysselsättningsgrad 100%
Ort Stockholm
Län Stockholms län
Land Sverige
Referensnummer HF/HR 101/2019
Publicerat 2019-11-04
Sista ansökningsdag 2020-01-05