Lunds universitet, Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 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 with about 55 employees, 400 fulltime students and approximately 25 Ph.D. students combines tradition with modern and highly internationalized research and education. Geography has repeatedly been the highest ranked subject at Lund University, currently ranked 16th in the world and 1st among the Nordic countries according to the QS ranking of 2018. For decades, the department has been very successful in the competition for external research funding. In addition to being embedded in numerous national and international research networks, the department of human geography has close ties with a broad spectrum of departments and faculties at Lund University. The key areas of research and teaching at the department are economic geography, development geography and landscape, urban and social geography and human ecology.

The strong research orientation is reflected in education. Many of our courses and programs have been developed in connection with research projects and students are introduced to current knowledge by lecturers engaged in research. The teaching environment has been internationalized over the past decade, and many courses and programs offered at the department are specifically aimed at international students. The department is housed in modern premises in central Lund.

Job assignments:
The doctoral candidate programme amounts to 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full time study). It formally ends with the doctoral candidate publicly defending his/her printed doctoral thesis. The holder of a doctoral position has as primary obligation to successfully fulfill the third cycle education ending with a PhD degree. Regulations concerning appointment as a full time doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

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

The holder of the position 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 programme at the Department of Human Geography is available at

Eligibility/Entry Requirements:
To be eligible for third cycle studies an applicant must

  • Have been awarded a second cycle degree
  • Have completed studies the equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at the second cycle level, or
  • Have acquired comparable qualifications in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

In addition to the requirements described above the specific entry requirements for the PhD programme in Human Geography is a master´s degree in Human Geography, or other relevant discipline.

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 candidate positions. When an appointment to such a position 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 positions 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:

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

The application must be in English and entered into the Lund University job application portal. If you have problems or questions regarding the application in our recruitment system, please contact Lars Tollemark, 046-222 68 97 or Natalie Nyman, 046-222 48 06. 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§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September 1, 2018 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1998
  • Karl-Johan Lundquist, Head of department , +46 46 222 8413,
  • Tomas Germundsson, Director of Ph.D studies, +46 46 222 84 21,
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 01.Jun.2018
Last application date 01.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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