Lunds universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

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 Political Science fuses traditional roots with cutting-edge research and education. In recent years, it has very successfully competed for external research funds. Among the central research areas of the Department are democratization, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies, environmental politics and welfare studies. The strong research profile of the Department is reflected in the teaching, the educational environment also being firmly set in a global context.

The doctoral studentship is placed at the Department of Political Science. Research should be on a topic relevant to the strategic research area “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate” (BECC). Engaging over 200 researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, the strategic research area BECC brings scientists from the natural and social sciences together to perform research essential in understanding the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services on local, regional, national and global scales, to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity. For more information, see


The PhD programme in political science consists of 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies) and is concluded with the public defence of a doctoral thesis. The appointed doctoral student will receive a salary from the University, and the student's primary obligation is to complete the PhD studies. The position may involve departmental duties, mainly in the form of teaching, up to 20 per cent of full time working hours, in which case the appointment will be extended by the equivalent number of hours. The doctoral student will have access to a work space at the Department of Political Science. The terms of employment for doctoral students are regulated in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (HF), Chapter 5, Sections 1– 7.

The doctoral student shall be present and actively participate in the research and teaching environment at the department as well as in the activities conducted within the BECC research network. The main language of the PhD programme is English. However, non-Swedish speaking students are expected to acquire basic skills in Swedish during the period of employment. There are opportunities to participate in language courses taught at the University. The doctoral studentship will commence on 1 September 2017. The general syllabus and other information about the PhD programme in Political Science is available at:


The requirements for admission to third cycle courses and study programmes (in accordance with HF, Chapter 7, Section 35) are that the applicant

  • meets the general and specific entry requirements that the higher education institution may have laid down, and
  • is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme (Swedish Code of Statutes 2010:1064).

A person meets the general entry requirements for third cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second cycle qualification,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements In addition to the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed at least 30 second cycle credits within the main field of political science, or acquired the equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad. The applicant must also have completed a Master’s thesis in Political Science or other discipline deemed equivalent.

Assessment criteria

Only applicants who are eligible for third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Admission is primarily to be based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the third cycle programme. As third cycle studies in Political Science are very demanding, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently under time constraints. Good collaboration and communication skills are also required, as is proficiency in both written and spoken English. Interviews will be conducted with a shortlisted number of applicants during the final stages of the admission process. The applicants may be asked to provide work samples.

The applicants will be ranked based on

  • an overall assessment of the quality of their submitted thesis/theses and research plan, grades from previous studies, and their personal suitability;
  • an assessment on how well the applicants previous experience and research interests fit with topics studied in BECC.

The Department of Political Science particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to the department with competence on public administration, policy analysis or policy making in relation to BECC issues.

Application procedure

Applications are to be submitted electronically via the Lund University application portal.

The application must include:

  • A cover letter in Swedish or English of max 1 000 words, which contains a brief presentation of yourself and your qualifications, as well as a brief explanation of why you are interested in this position at the Department of Political Science at Lund University and in the topic area biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing climate.
  • A research plan in English of max 2 000 words including references.
  • A CV in Swedish or English that demonstrated your qualifications for the third cycle programme in Political Science.
  • Degree and grade certificates in Swedish or English.
  • Thesis/theses in Swedish or English corresponding to at least 30 credits (30 credits Master’s thesis or 15 credits Master’s thesis plus 15 credits Bachelor's thesis) in Political Science or other discipline deemed equivalent.
  • Name and contact information of two references (letters of reference are not required in the first stage of application).
  • Other documentation of relevance to the position.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2017-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/1455
  • Annica Kronsell, Professor, +46462228944,
  • Kristina Jönsson, Director of PhD Studies, +46462228943,
  • Björn Badersten, Dep. Head of Department, +46462220159,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
Published 05.May.2017
Last application date 31.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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