Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences , Department of Human Geography

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

The department of Human Geography combines tradition with modern research and education. Geography and development studies are the highest ranked subjects at the university, currently ranked 16th respectively 28th in the world according to QS ranking 2018. In recent decades, the department has been successful in the competition for external research funding and has close ties with specialized centers such as CIRCLE and LUCSUS at Lund University. The key areas of research are economic geography, development geography and landscape, urban and social geography, among others.

Job assignments
The holder of a postgraduate position has as primary obligation to successfully fulfill the third cycle education ending with a PhD degree. Regulations concerning appointment as a full time postgraduate student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

The holder should direct research to the fields of human geography, preferable connected to ongoing research activities at the department (for further information see: More information on the PhD program at the Department of Human Geography is available at: education

The holder of a postgraduate position is expected to participate actively in the research and teaching environment of the Department and will normally have to perform departmental duties, above all teaching, amounting to about 20 per cent of full time.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements
To be eligible for third cycle studies an applicant must have:
- been awarded a second cycle degree or
- completed studies the equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at the second cycle level, or
- acquired comparable qualifications in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

In addition to the requirements described above the applicant must have at least 30 second-cycle credits in human geography/economic geography or acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way. Have completed a second-cycle independent project of at least 15 credits. The applicant must also have proficiency in spoken and written English corresponding to English B from Swedish upper secondary school. The assessment will be based on national guidelines.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Basis of Assessment
In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, paragraph 5, particular emphasis for admission shall be placed upon the applicant’s ability to successfully complete PhD studies, as indicated by academic qualifications and merits. The research plan as well as previously written theses and publications are important indicators of ability. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also of great importance.

The application must contain:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Copies of grades and examination certificates
3. Bachelor’s and Master’s theses in human geography or in a discipline judged as equivalent to human geography
4. A concise research plan (maximum 2000 words / four pages). Your plan should preferably refer explicitly how it may be connected to the research profiles of human geography in Lund (for further information see: 
5. Other qualifications of relevance for the position

The application must be in English. If you have problem or questions regarding the application in our recruitment system, please contact Jill Moberger, or 046-222 68 97. If you have specific questions regarding the doctoral position, please see contacts below.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§. Available positions are at least 1 and a maximum of 3.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/1091
  • Karl-Johan Lundquist, head of department , 046-222 84 13,
  • Agnes Djurfeldt, deputy head of department , 046-222 84 23,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 08.Jun.2017
Last application date 01.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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