Application closing date: 31 August 2018
Organizational Unit: Faculty, Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management Specialization
Duty Station: Malmö, Sweden
Duration of contract: Two-year fixed-term appointment
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 World Maritime University is seeking an experienced leader with an excellent academic track record in leadership and managerial skills to fill the post of Professor, Marine Environmental Protection (Canadian Chair). The position incumbent is expected to work collaboratively with and contribute to the newly established WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (GOI) embodied within the university.
The Professor, Marine Environmental Protection (Canadian Chair), is responsible, under the supervision of the Vice President Academic, for the coordination and delivery of marine environmental protection/ 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.
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.
The Professor is expected, under the supervision of the Vice-President (Academic) to be engaged in:
- Design and content of the overall curriculum, the detailed syllabi for each course in the assigned. Areas and coordinate the delivery of the programme with visiting professors and lecturers
- Teach, mentor and supervise students in the PhD and MSc, and post-graduate distance learning programmes and professional development courses (PDCs) in Malmo, Sweden and China and other locations as needed and assigned
- Provide entrepreneurial leadership in attracting and coordinating research and consultancy projects, related to marine environmental protection
- Lead interdisciplinary innovative research programmes across the realm of maritime and ocean sectors; including – international conventions and codes, guidelines relating to marine conservation, protection, management/ and governance mechanisms; cross-sectoral engagement and related thematic topics, and ensure the maintenance of a record of scholarly publication;
- 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:
- Participate in field studies for the Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management (OSGM) MSc program;
- Supervise research staff, visiting professors, and related support staff related to the marine environmental protection field;
- Participate in the Faculty Forum and Academic Council (and other committees as requested) of the university;
- Assist the Vice Presidents (Academic 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 and 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.
Minimum requirements – education, experience and language skills
- Ph.D. relating to the area of maritime affairs with preferred experience in 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 marine environmental protection/management and marine spatial planning.
- Knowledge of and experience in regional coastal and ocean governance mechanisms;
- A track record of academic achievement in teaching and supervisory experience at postgraduate university level (Master’s and Ph.D. programs).
Excellent command of English both spoken and written.
Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.
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 conceptualise, 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
This position is open strictly to citizens of Canada.