Lund University, Centre for Languages and Literature

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 Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University (SOL) is Sweden’s largest university department for languages, linguistics, literature and area studies. SOL provides a wide range of freestanding courses complemented with an increasing number of first and second cycle degree programmes. Housing 33 subjects and roughly the same number of PhD programmes, SOL is a solid foundation for broad and deep education and research, characterised by national and international visibility. SOL is managed by a board chaired by the Head of Department. The management also includes two assistant heads of department with special areas of responsibility. More than 250 people are employed and around 3 000 students, including around 100 PhD students, conduct their studies at SOL.

Lund University invites applications for a position as Professor of Phonetics based until further notice at the Centre for Languages and Literature.

Ref. no: PA2017/3998

Starting date: 1 September 2019

For information on the post, please contact head of department Maria Persson (+46 46 222 84 52; or division director Katarina Lundin (+46 46 222 87 02;

For information on the terms of employment and salary, please contact human resources manager Lena Kandefelt (+46 (0)46 222 7224;

The subject of phonetics is taught at all levels of education and within several study programmes. In the first cycle, phonetics – in addition to general linguistics – is a subject within the field of linguistics. In the second cycle, phonetics is a specialisation within the department-wide Master’s programme in language and linguistics. The subject of phonetics is also included in the speech therapy programme at Lund University.

At the department, phonetics as a research subject currently comprises research in the following areas:

  • the link between auditory and visual prosody
  • interfaces between prosody, grammar and discourse
  • articulatory phonetics or speech motor control
  • pronunciation issues in second language development
  • speech technology
  • variation in speech
  • prosodic typology
  • processing of prosody in the brain using psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic methods
  • speech technology databases and tools for language processing and analysis
  • prosodic aspects of communication between humans and animals.


Some of this research is conducted in collaboration with research teams in linguistics and staff within the existing research infrastructure at the Humanities Lab. The available infrastructure (at the Humanities Lab) accommodates two Electromagnetic Articulography-systems, EEG, Eye-tracking-systems,  Motion Capture-systems, a LARM-studio and Swe-Clarin among othersResearch collaboration also takes place with units at other Lund University faculties that offer MR imaging. In addition, the research activities are linked to other universities within and outside Sweden.

The professor of phonetics will be expected to take a leading role in research and third-cycle education in phonetics by developing already established research environments and research infrastructures. In addition, the professor will be expected to apply for external research grants and to represent the subject of phonetics nationally and internationally.

Furthermore, the professor will be expected to supervise doctoral students and teach phonetics but also other subjects at SOL in the first and second cycles.

Administrative tasks are included in the post. In accordance with the current agreement on working hours, the professor must be present at the workplace to the extent required by the activities and duties involved in the post.

If the successful applicant has a first language other than Swedish (Danish or Norwegian), she or he will be expected to have acquired sufficient knowledge of the Swedish language (spoken and written) within two years, to be able to teach in Swedish and actively participate in administrative and other relevant activities conducted in Swedish.

To be eligible for appointment as a professor, the person must have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise. The degree of their expertise constitutes one of the assessment criteria for the appointment of a professor.

To be qualified for appointment as professor, the applicant must have completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired the equivalent knowledge by other means.

The appointment of a professor shall be based on the following assessment criteria:

  • Very good national and international standing as a researcher. The international qualifications requirement is to be assessed in relation to the nature and tradition of the subject specialisation.
  • Very good teaching expertise, which means a good ability to conduct, develop and a lead teaching and other educational activities at different levels of study and using different teaching methods.
  • Good ability to supervise doctoral student up to the attainment of a PhD.
  • Good ability to engage in wider society and inform others of his or her activities
  • Good ability to lead and develop the department’s activities in general.

 Special emphasis is placed on:

  • documented experience in initiating and managing research projects
  • documented ability to obtain external research funding
  • documented experience in educational development work relevant to the subject of phonetics (e.g. production of new teaching material)
  • documented methodological expertise that can contribute to the existing knowledge environment within the field
  • documented experience in using advanced experimental methods in any of the core areas of phonetics
  • documented experience in academic leadership and research management
  • a broad international network that can benefit the existing environment and make way for new research Projects

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching skills as to the assessment of research skills.

The application must conform to the Instructions that can be downloaded at The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete, in accordance with the vacancy announcement and instructions, and for scanning the application (as two PDF files) and submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal MyNetwork.

 The Academic Appointments Board normally makes a selection among the applicants and asks shortlisted candidates to submit a maximum of 10 publications for assessment. Publications in digital form may not be submitted instead of printed versions.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 september 2019
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/3998
  • prefekt Maria Persson, +46 46-222 8452 maria.persson@
  • sektionsföreståndare Katarina Lundin, +46 46 222 8792
  • personalansvarig Lena Kandefelt, +46 46 222 7224
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46 46-222 93 64
Published 26.Jan.2018
Last application date 03.Apr.2018 11:59 PM CET

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