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The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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Dean for Umeå School of Business and Economics
Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE) is a campus school and has over 170 employees including about 90 PhDs and researchers. The activities consist of research and teaching in Business Administration, Economics and Statistics. The School offers seven master’s programs, four graduate programs, an undergraduate program and courses. We have more than 2 000 students going through our programs each year Umeå School of Business and Economics has become Umeå University’s first ISO 14001–certified unit.

The USBE vision is to be a university-based business school firmly rooted in the region, nationally influential and internationally respected. Its mission is creating knowledge in interaction with stakeholders to develop responsible leaders with a sustainability orientation, for a local and global society.

For more information on USBE, please visit

We look for
The board of USBE is now looking for a dean who is committed to realize the school’s vision and for leading and developing the school. Our aim is to manifest and consolidate our international position by strengthening:

• research and our strong research areas and research centers in particular

• education quality and students’ ability to act as successful professionals

• cooperation with business and society

USBE is in a phase of development and in the process for acquiring an AACSB-accreditation. Hence, being Dean implies that you, together with faculty, staff and board, strive for a well-integrated and competitive organization which is part of a young and dynamic university. The assignment as dean is for a 3+3 year period, but you are also offered a tenured position that corresponds to your academic merits.

You will have
You have documented experience of advanced leadership and you are Associate Professor or full Professor in one of the academic disciplines offered at USBE or have other merits that equal these requirements. You are familiar with education and research within the Swedish university system. Your leadership record includes experiences of managing and advancing the development of organizations, partly internally, partly in cooperation with national and international stakeholders within the university sector, business community and public administration.

As leader you are responsive and good at teamwork. You appreciate an international workplace and create conditions for employees with diverse backgrounds to enjoy work and to perform. You have great personal integrity, like challenges, and are able to handle a setback.

For the position very good knowledge of English and Scandinavian language is a prerequisite. The starting date for the assignment as Dean is negotiated with the USBE board, which is also responsible for the appointment.

Your application
For further inquiries please contact the Dean for Faculty of Social Science Dieter K. Müller +46 90 786 63 66, or the Chair of the USBE Board Anna Thoursie,

We cooperate with recruitment consultant Åsa Holmström, Vedea, tel. +46 90 20 66 510, e-mail,, who will answer your questions regarding the selection and recruitment process.

According to Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor. Appointment qualifications and rules for teachers at Umeå University may be found here.

The application should be formatted according to the guidelines set out by the Faculty of Social Sciences here.

Note: A presentation of planned research does not need to be included in the application at this time.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-377-15
  • Dieter Müller, Dean,, +46 907865282
Union representative
  • SACO, +46 90786 53 65
  • SEKO, +46 90786 52 96
  • ST, +46 90786 54 31
Published 01.Apr.2015
Last application date 22.May.2015 11:59 PM CEST

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