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Organizational Unit: Faculty
Vacancy Notice: Assistant Professor, Maritime Economics and Management

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Grade: P-2

Duty Station: Malmö, Sweden

Duration of contract: Two-year fixed-term appointment. Further renewals may be offered subject to satisfactory performance.

Starting date: 1 January 2024 or earlier.

1. Organizational setting

The World Maritime University (WMU) is a postgraduate education and research university established in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. WMU offers MSc and PhD programmes, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Professional Development Courses (PDCs) with the highest standards in maritime and ocean education and training. WMU also has a highly respected research programme supported by specialized research groups across the maritime and oceans fields.

The Assistant Professor position falls within the Faculty Unit at WMU’s headquarters in Malmö, Sweden.

2. Main purpose

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Vice-President (Academic Affairs), and functionally under the Head of Port Management. As a faculty member at the World Maritime University, the Assistant Professor is expected to provide teaching/mentoring and research and publication and promote inter-university cooperation in areas related to maritime economics and management.

The Assistant Professor of Maritime Economics and Management is expected to contribute to the overall efforts of WMU to strengthen the economics component in its academic programmes. This position is therefore open to candidates with a wide range of interests and expertise in economic and management matters related to shipping and port operations and management. Areas of focus of potential candidates for this position may include, among others, maritime economics, business, and management.

New maritime trends including decarbonization, automation, and digitalization in the shipping, port, and logistics sectors are taught and analyzed in our education and research programmes. The faculty member must be knowledgeable and supportive of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and understand their relationship with IMO and the University’s mandate and goals.

The work involves teaching both introductory and advanced courses, mentoring PhD and MSc students, serving on internal committees and panels, and providing services to WMU, IMO, and the maritime and oceans community, as directed by the University.

The Assistant Professor will engage in maritime research projects and scholarship leading to the publication of peer-reviewed impact-creating articles and scholarly books. The incumbent shall be committed to the development and execution of research projects and the dissemination of scholarly results.

As a member of the faculty and professional staff at WMU, the Assistant Professor of Maritime Economics and Management, is expected to contribute to WMU, positioning it as a leading academic institution of excellence in the maritime and oceans fields and to contribute to the overall research output in the areas of his or her expertise.

3. Working relationships

Internal contacts – Incumbent liaises and interacts with all faculty members on a regular basis as well as with support staff, as required. 

External contacts – Incumbent liaises with the global maritime and, oceans communities (especially the shipping and port sectors), research organizations, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and engages with scientific journals and publishing entities.

4. Duties, responsibilities


The Assistant Professor of Maritime Economics and Management is expected, under the supervision of the Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and functionally under the Head of Port Management, to be engaged in:

  • teaching, including engagement in the MSc teaching programmes in Malmö, WMU Outreach Campuses and other locations as assigned;
  • coordinating and participating in student field studies;
  • mentoring of PhD and MSc students and supervision of research theses/dissertations in areas related to the expertise;
  • maintaining scholarship in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, etc.;
  • developing research projects, submission of project proposals, and delivery of such projects;
  • disseminating research findings at academic and professional conferences and meetings;
  • maintain active engagement and remain up-to-date in area of expertise, including collaborating with UN agencies, EU bodies and relevant industry partners and professional bodies;
  • being involved in distance learning (e-learning) programmes, PDCs, and capacity[1]building courses as required;
  • serving on WMU committees and work groups, and active participation in administrative, academic, and curriculum duties; and
  • undertake special projects and other duties as required.

5. Requirements – education, experience and language skills


  • PhD in the area of Maritime Economics, Policy, Operations, Management or a related subject for the position.



  • Ideally a minimum of three years of experience, after obtaining a PhD, in teaching at the post[1]graduate level;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of maritime economics and expertise in maritime businesses, such as shipping and port operations and management;
  • Familiarity with IMO key instruments related to trade facilitation;
  • A track record in maritime research and scholarly publication in maritime economics and management or other areas related to the position;
  • Advanced knowledge of international trade and global supply chain.


  • Professional experience in working within or with shipping and port organizations;
  • Sea-going and/or industry experiences are highly appreciated;
  • Experience with the United Nations system;
  • Experience in research project management in relation to the position and in capacity[1]building programs for developing countries;
  • Experience in organizing conferences and seminars and fund-raising;
  • Experience in economic impact assessment in the context of the UN Sustainability Goals and the major research areas at WMU;
  • Relevant track record of consultancy/advisory activities in/for relevant international fora.



  • Fluency in spoken and written English.


  • Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.

6. Knowledge and skills


  • Excellent communication skills in an international and diverse academic community;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a professional/academic team;
  • Effective organizational skills to manage time and priorities in teaching and administrative duties as appropriate;
  • Ability to act as point of contact for problems/inquiries from students in the areas of expertise;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non[1]discriminatory behaviour and attitudes;
  • Ability to deal with administrative matters as appropriate to the rank of an Assistant Professor and with reference to other colleagues within WMU.

WMU is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. WMU recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.

WMU seeks to increase the number of women at all levels and, therefore, qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.


The position offers an attractive salary (P-2 Grade of the ICSC salary scale), free of income tax in Sweden, a benefits package and relocation expenses. Applicants must fill in the Personal History form, which can be found at, and should send a letter of interest, a complete CV, and the contact information of three referees to Marco Batista, Head of Human Resources ([email protected]).

Deadline for Applications: 17 September 2023.

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