Professor of Behavioral Measurements
Umeå University, Department of Applied Educational Science

Professor of Behavioral Measurements

The Department of Applied Educational Science seeks a professor in behavioral measurements.
The subject area of behavioral measurements includes knowledge of developing and evaluating methods, instruments, theories and systems to describe and understand the knowledge, skills, attitudes and perceptions of individuals and groups. The area's research profile focuses on large-scale knowledge measurements, focusing on the quality and impact of measurements. Research in the profile is mainly conducted around the University, National and International Tests, such as TIMSS and PISA.


The employment concerns the scientific leadership of a group of researchers, research engineers and doctoral students. As a professor, you will lead research and develop the research environment at the institution. This is done by conducting your own research and conducting doctoral students on postgraduate studies in behavioral measurements, and in various ways working to strengthen the business area. As a professor, you have a clear vision of how this work will develop in both short and long term. The work also includes informing about research and development work, initiating and participating in planning research projects, and actively managing the work on applications for external research funding. In addition to supervision and research, the employment can also include teaching and various coordination and management assignments.


Qualifying to be a professor is the one who has demonstrated both scientific and educational skills. The qualification relates to the field of behavioral measurements or equivalent competence deemed relevant to the employment, which may be a scientific background in pedagogy, psychology, sociology, statistics or other subjects related to the research profile.

Assessment Basis

As a basis for assessment in the employment of a professor, the degree of proficiency that is a requirement for eligibility for employment shall apply. In addition, as a basis for assessment, leadership skills.

Scientific proficiency refers to independent scientific production, the ability to plan and lead scientific activities, assignments in the scientific community and the ability to communicate research in the scientific community and the surrounding society. Skills are also shown through leadership in research projects and successful supervision, as well as the ability to obtain research funds in competition with other researchers. In assessing the scientific skills, scientific quality is primarily taken into account. The scope of research, especially depth and breadth, will also be significant. When assessing the scientific skill, particular emphasis will be placed on research studies that show that the applicant has broad and profound knowledge in the field.

Educational skills refer to the work with students, their own pedagogical development and contributions to the educational development of the business. This also includes participation in postgraduate education activities, such as doctoral supervision and participation in the design and implementation of courses and seminars. When assessing the pedagogical skills, consideration will be given to planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching, as well as of supervision and supervision. Particular attention will be given to the supervision of doctoral students and participation in postgraduate education.

Management skills mean ability to develop and manage business and staff, make decisions, take responsibility, and coordinate, motivate and provide others with the conditions required to effectively reach common goals. Ability to coordinate groups as well as contribute to creating commitment, participation and job satisfaction as well as ability to handle conflicts are additional examples of skill shown.

Comparison between assessment criteria

When selecting among qualified applicants, particular emphasis is placed on scientific and educational skills, mainly in the field of scientific skill. In addition, consideration is given to the degree of leadership skills that involves developing and leading activities and staff.

The university will in this recruitment mainly take into consideration who, after a comprehensive assessment of skills and skill, is expected to have the best prerequisites for implementing and developing current tasks and contributing to a positive development of the business.

Eligibility and assessment grounds are contained in the Employment Regulations for Teachers at Umeå University, here .


Instructions for the application and a list of the documents to be attached to the application can be found in the Faculty of Social Sciences's instructions here . See also the Faculty's guidelines for the assessment of professorship issues here .

In the recruitment process, interviewing, trial lectures and referral may be relevant.

More about us 

Department of Applied Educational Science has more than 110 employees active in education, research and mission. The Department has a broad profile based on a multidisciplinary and practical foundation. For more information about the institution's activities, see:

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