Lund University, The Department of Political Science

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.

Job description:
The holder of this post will be expected to conduct research (about 90 percent) and to teach (about 10 percent).

This position is associated with the research program State-Making and the Origins of Global Order in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond (STANCE), led by Professor Jan Teorell at the Department of Political Science in Lund, and funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond ( The project started in 2015 and will end in 2020. Overall, the project aims to bridge the gaps between comparative politics and international relations, and between the study of political thought and positive empirical political science. Three overall research themes form the core of this research program: (1) How did the different dimensions of state-making, including internal and external sovereignty, revenue extraction, professionalization of the bureaucracy and the development of infrastructural capacity, evolve and interact during this time period? What actors and organized interests supported or put up resistance to these processes? (2) How were these dimensions of state-making affected by geopolitical competition, warfare and the diffusion of novel political technologies? (3) What were the consequences for the international system, both with respect to the type of state that emerged and what entities were granted membership in the states system?

Each post-doctoral fellow will be expected to carry out research that contributes to the fulfilment of at least one of these overall research objectives. However, each member of the project conducts independent research and enjoys the freedom to choose his or her own research questions, to develop his or her own theoretical ideas, and to choose the methods he or she finds most appropriate. Since the program methodologically aims for a mixed-methods approach ranging from quantitative methods to single case studies, textual interpretation and archival studies, we expect candidates with broad methodological training and an open mind to take on novel approaches.

In order to allow the research group to function as a team, all participants will be expected to have the Department of Political Science in Lund as their main place of work.

Eligibility for employment as a postdoctoral researcher is restricted to applicants with a PhD degree in a relevant subject. Priority is given to applicants who have completed their PhD less than three years prior to the deadline for applying to the post. The three-year limit can be extended in cases of parental leave, sickness leave or similar circumstances occurring after the PhD defense. Applicants who have yet to complete their PhDs are welcome to apply but should demonstrate that they will receive their PhD degree before 1 September 2018.

Research skills and academic promise will be the main selection criteria, but teaching skills will also be considered. Proficiency in spoken and written English and the ability to teach in English is a requirement. The ability to conduct research independently and the ability to participate in international research collaboration are very important considerations.

The most important qualification for the positions is the capacity to contribute to the research program’s overall goals, as expressed in the project proposal (see below).

Appointment Procedure:
The Lund University job application portal should be used when applying. Complementary documents should be sent to: Registry office, Lund University, P.O. Box 117, SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN (Address for delivery of packages: Byrålogen 5C). The official record number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

Your application must contain (a) a cover letter, (b) a CV, (c) one or two article-length writing samples (approximately 10,000 words), at least one of which should be single-authored, (d) a research proposal for your contribution to the STANCE research program (approx. 3-5 pages), and (e) two letters of recommendation.

Salary is determined on an individual basis, within certain guidelines for this type of position. If you wish, please state the requested salary in your application.

The employment is limited for two years.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement but preferably on 2018-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/3989
  • Tomas Bergström, Head of the department, +46-222 96 87,
  • Björn Badersten, Deputy head of the department, +46-222 01 59,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46-222 93 66
Published 08.Dec.2017
Last application date 28.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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