Lund University, The 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 7 600 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.

Specific subject description
The Human Ecology Division applies an anthropological and inter-disciplinary definition of its research field. Research and education at the division deals with human-environmental relations in different cultural contexts. The ambition is to integrate perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities in understanding sustainability issues at local and global scales. Particularly important is to complement and elaborate definitions of environmental problems deriving from natural and engineering sciences by emphasizing aspects such as culture, power, and global distribution. Research at the division has, for instance, focused on ecologically unequal exchange, global environmental load displacement, climate justice, the political ecology of indigenous populations, traditional resource management, and ethnobiology.

Job description
The post comprises teaching and research in Human Ecology. Thirty per cent of the post is made up of government-funded research and 70 per cent is teaching, including administrative duties. The proportion of research can be expanded through external research funding. In addition to conducting high-quality research and education in Human Ecology, the successful candidate is expected to be able to participate in the development and administration of study programs and courses in the field of Human Ecology. In addition teaching and administrative tasks may also involve courses and study programs at the interface of Human Ecology, Human Geography and Development Studies. Teaching may take place in both Swedish and English.

To qualify for appointment as an associated senior lecturer, you must have been awarded a PhD in Human Ecology or have the corresponding research competence from a related field such as Sustainability Science or Anthropology. Priority should be given to those who have been awarded a PhD or achieved the corresponding research competence within five years prior to the deadline for applications. Applicants must be able to demonstrate documented teaching and research competence in one or more fields of relevance to Human Ecology. The ability to interact with society and to inform people about research and development work is also taken into account. An additional requirement is the ability to teach in English. A successful candidate who is not a native speaker of Swedish is encouraged by the department to acquire and, in the long run, master proficiency in Swedish.

An associate senior lecturer shall be promoted, on application, to an indefinite-term post as a senior lecturer if he or she is qualified for the post and is judged to be suitable in an assessment of the application in accordance with the eligibility and assessment criteria laid down by the Faculty for promotion to senior lecturer and listed in the vacancy notice/person specification. An associate senior lecturer may only apply for promotion once. An application shall be submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences within three and a half years of the start of the candidate’s employment.

The general assessment criterion is that the applicant must demonstrate strong progress in his or her ability to conduct teaching and research. The assessment criteria for promotion are in this case that the applicant has demonstrated:

  • well documented research competence that is of significance to the subject and duties of the post. This includes a good documented national and international standing as a researcher. Particular importance will be attached to a documented ability to publish internationally.
  • well documented teaching competence. Particular importance will be attached to documented skills in conducting teaching and supervision at different levels and to development of quality and breadth of teaching competence over time.
  • progress in academic leadership through an enhanced ability to develop, lead and implement education and research and/or demonstrated leadership/commitment to duties for the department as a whole.
  • documented ability to write applications for external research funding.
  • good ability to interact with society and inform others about research and development work.
  • other personal qualities of importance to carry out the duties of the post well.
  • where appropriate, sufficient proficiency in Swedish to be able to teach in Swedish.

The application is to be submitted electronically to the Lund University e-recruitment portal. It is to be designed in accordance with the instructions of the Faculty of Social Science, which can be accessed on the Faculty website, or received from recruitment manager Anders Kirchner,

The application is to include

  1. a CV, certificates/grade transcripts,
  2. a written account of the research and expertise (see instructions on the academic qualifications portfolio),
  3. Research publications the applicant would like to have considered (no more than five).
  4. The applicant must also include a draft (approx. 3–5 pages) showing what research she/he intends to pursue within the scope of the position and how this research profile can be included in the Department’s research profile.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/524
  • Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, prefekt, 046 222 8423,
  • Alf Hornborg, professor , 046 222 3113,
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 13.Feb.2019
Last application date 06.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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