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President to Jönköping University

Do you want to be part of shaping the future of Jönköping University? JU is now looking for a new President!

Welcome to apply to Jönköping University (JU) - a modern institution characterized by an international profile, entrepreneurial spirit, and close collaboration with the surrounding society.

Do you have the drive and competence to lead JU into the future? Are you a recognized researcher with experience in successful leadership at a senior executive level? Apply for the position as Rector of Jönköping University and take your leadership to the next level!

Purpose, Offer and Benefits

Information about the position
The president has overall responsibility for the University and is appointed by the Foundation Governing Board.
The position of president is a four-year appointment that may be extended.
It may be possible to combine the appointment with other forms of employment.

Union contract
Union contract
Professional development
Professional development
Fitness stipend
Fitness stipend
Flexible workplace
Flexible workplace

Your Responsibilities

Your role as president is to lead the organisation into the future. You will lead with vision, demonstrate clear leadership, and work closely with all staff, students, and other interested parties.

Jönköping University has ambitions to grow, building on our market-attractive courses and study programmes, impactful research, and strong collaboration with industry and other local, national, and international stakeholders.

The Bigger Picture

Jönköping University is a foundation with the right to award undergraduate, master´s, licentiate, and doctoral degrees.

Jönköping University is an international university located in Jönköping. We attract highly qualified, inventive, and ambitious people from all over the world. We contribute to sustainable prosperity in our region, paving the way for knowledge-based innovation and enterprise.

Our Expectations

Academic background:

You meet the requirements for appointment as president stated in the Higher Education Ordinance (Swedish Code of Statutes 1993:100, Chapter 2, Section 11) and have been an active participant in the international research community. You also have knowledge of the education sector and experience of teaching at the higher education level and third stream activities.

Leadership experience:
You have proven experience of successful strategic leadership and leadership through others in complex, internationally active knowledge institutions, preferably at the senior management level.

Strategic development:
You have knowledge of the limits and possibilities of higher education and research at the national and international level. You also have an outstanding ability to develop and implement strategies that move your organisation in the right direction and give it a competitive edge. In addition, you have experience of leading work on sustainability, gender equality, and diversity.

Collaboration with stakeholders:
You have experience of constructive and result-orientated collaboration between academia, industry, the public sector, and the wider society at the regional, national, and international level, most importantly collaboration with the EU.

Language skills:
You have at least a basic command of written and spoken Swedish. You speak and write fluent English.


Preferably, you:

Please submit your application no later than 25 September 2023.
Early application is advised, as applications will be processed as soon as they are received.

Please attach your CV in PDF format to your application.

Do you want to nominate someone for this assignment?
Please contact Kathrine Jahnberg at TNG, email:

Questions? Contact Chief HR Officer Marie Eriksson +4636-101257 or Anders Danielsson, chair of the Foundation Governing Board, 0706-999669

Trade union representatives Mikael Palmgren, Saco-S +4636-101647
Thomas Axelsson, ST +4636-101257


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