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Professor, Marine Environmental Protection (Canadian Chair)

World Maritime University (WMU)
Malmö (Stad), Skåne (SE)
Competitive Salary
Closing date
May 21, 2021

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Professor, Marine Environmental Protection (Canadian Chair) 

Organizational Unit: Faculty, Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management Specialization 
Grade: P4 
Duty Station: Malmö, Sweden 
Duration of contract: Initial two-year fixed-term appointment which may be renewed upon satisfactory performance

1.    Organizational setting 
The World Maritime University (WMU) is a postgraduate and research university established in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization, the maritime agency of the United Nations. WMU offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Professional Development Courses (PDCs) with the highest standards in maritime and oceans education and training. WMU also has a highly respected research programme supported by specialized research groups across the maritime and ocean fields. 
The Professor position is located in the Faculty unit at WMU’s headquarters in Malmö, Sweden. 

2.    Main purpose 
The Professor, Marine Environmental Protection (Canadian Chair), is responsible, under the supervision of the Vice President Academic Affairs, for the coordination and delivery of ocean law and/or management and marine spatial planning fields, including teaching, research and student supervisory programmes. 
As a member of the faculty and professional staff at WMU, the incumbent will work to keep WMU positioned as an academic institution of excellence, help advance the institution and build its reputation in the relevant field of expertise.

3.    Working relationships 

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

External contacts – Incumbent liaises with scientific and industry communities, research organizations, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and engages with scientific journals and publishing entities.

4.    Duties, responsibilities 

The Professor is expected, under the supervision of the Vice-President (Academic Affairs), to be engaged in: 

  • Teaching, including engagement in the MSc teaching programmes in Malmö, and other locations as needed and assigned; 
  • Mentoring of PhD and MSc students and supervision of research theses/dissertations in the ocean law and/or management and marine spatial planning fields; 
  • Scholarship in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, etc.; 
  • Development of projects, submission of project proposals, and delivery of such projects; 
  • Presentation of research findings at professional conferences and meetings; 
  • Involvement in distance learning (e-learning) programmes, PDCs, and capacity-building courses as required; 
  • Service on WMU committees and work groups, and active participation in administrative, academic, and curriculum duties, including curriculum reform and delivery; 
  • Develop partnerships with partner organizations – increasingly UN system bodies with oceanrelated responsibilities and objectives – for collaborative activities; 
  • Co-ordinate collaborative activities between WMU and International Institutions and NGOs respecting research and other activities in the marine environmental protection field; 
  • Coordinating and participating in student field studies; 
  • Supervise research staff, visiting professors, and related support staff related to the marine environmental protection field; 
  • Assist the Vice Presidents (Academic Affairs and International) in directing the activities of the University, particularly in relation to marine environmental protection related academic, research and consultancy programmes; 
  • Liaise with Transport Canada (TC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) as well as with other Canadian federal departments and academic institutions on post-graduate maritime/ocean education, research and capacity building needs and opportunities; 
  • Undertake special projects and other duties as required.

5.    Minimum requirements – education, experience and language skills 

Ph.D relating to the area of maritime affairs with preferred experience in ocean law and/or management, marine environmental protection/management and marine spatial planning fields. 

A Minimum of 7 years’ experience in teaching at the postgraduate level, preferably within the areas of ocean law and/or management, marine environmental protection/management and marine spatial planning.


  • Knowledge of and experience in regional coastal and ocean governance law and policy; 
  • A track record of academic achievement in teaching and supervisory experience at postgraduate university level (Masters and Ph.D. programmes). 


  • Excellent command of English both spoken and written. Desirable 
  • Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage. 

6.    Knowledge and skills 


  • Thorough knowledge of IMO, other UN institutions and International NGOs with maritime and ocean-related mandates, their aims, objectives and activities; 
  • Knowledge of the links between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and marine environmental protection; 
  • Commitment to academic excellence in an international maritime and ocean sectoral environment; 
  • Understanding of and familiarity with the maritime and ocean industries and their current challenges; 
  • Experience in developing and attracting research projects and stakeholder engagement and participation in the maritime and ocean sectors. Demonstrated capacity to provide relevant and effective technical advice on the technical area and related topics; 
  • Ability to conceptualize, design, plan and implement research work, including analysis and ability to lead effectively research work and guide and coordinate the work of the research team; 
  • The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and nondiscriminatory behaviour.


  • Good understanding of WMU and its mission, and strong commitment to the delivery of the highest practicable standards in pursuing its mandate; 
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills and a track record of success in managing research and publications with a focus on the marine environmental protection field; 
  • Diversified working experience, especially at the international level; 
  • Computer literacy; 
  • The ability to enthuse and motivate and supervise research and support staff; 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. 
  • Team building and leadership skills. 

Deadline for Applications: 15 May 2021

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This position is open strictly to citizens of Canada

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