Humanities and Theology, Dep of Arts and Cultural Sciences

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 Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have some 700 employees and around 4000 students.

The Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University is a diverse department, comprised of thirteen areas of study and research. It employs over 80 people and enrolls annually about 1500 students.

Lund University invites applications for the position of full professor to the

Einar Hansen Chair in Book and Library History at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences.

 Ref. no: PA 2017/1276

Starting date: 1 March 2018 or according to agreement

For information on the post please contact Head of Department Monica Libell (tel. +46 46 222 09 48, email and/or Professor Henrik Horstbøll (tel. +46 46 222 31 42, email

For information on the terms of employment and salary please contact human resources manager Lena Kandefelt (tel. +46 46 222 7224, email

The Chair in Book and Library History is enabled by an endowment from the Einar Hansen Allhem Foundation. The position is located at the Division of Book History at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences. The interdisciplinary study of Book History is concerned with the creation, mediation, reception, survival and transformation of the material representations of written communication from Antiquity to the present. Research in the field covers historical study of physical graphic documents and the technical and sociocultural processes of their production, dissemination, use and preservation. A key focus is on the book as an historical object, and its form and function in diverse environments. Other topics of the research field include the history of publishing houses and bookshops, the history of graphic design, manuscript history, the history of reading, the development of printing cultures and the history of book collections, in terms of both public and private libraries.

The successful candidate is to participate actively in all aspects of the division’s activities. The main duty is to lead and develop the research in book and library history. Among the other duties are teaching, supervision of doctoral students, administration of courses and study programmes, and development work. The division offers education in book history leading to degrees of Bachelor and PhD. The majority of the courses in book history are delivered online. The successful candidate is also expected to participate actively in the daily activities of the department and to follow societal developments of significance to work at the University and faculty.

The Division of Book History is small but the discipline is large and international. Major emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s ambition to resourcefully and professionally use the development potential of the subject locally, nationally and internationally. This ambition should be expressed in the application. The applicant should have a good understanding of the validity of the discipline for the humanities.

The Chair in Book and Library History is the only one of its kind in the Nordic countries. We are therefore particularly interested in applicants with a broad national and international network of contacts.

An ability to teach in Swedish and English is a requirement. Native speakers of languages other than Swedish are expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

Qualifications: to be qualified for employment as a professor, an individual shall have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise. The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

To be qualified for employment as a professor, an individual shall have completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means.

For appointments to professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

 •a very high level of expertise in research, teaching, administration or other activities that are of value in view   of the subject matter of the post and the duties that it involves, and other personal abilities required to perform the duties of the post well 

 •very strong research qualifications, including national and international standing as a researcher

 •a very high level of teaching skill, including a very good ability to conduct, develop and lead educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods

 •a good ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD

 •a good ability to cooperate with wider society and communicate his or her activities

 •a good general ability to lead and develop activities

 The following qualifications are particularly desirable (in descending order):

  • demonstrated good ability to apply for and obtain external research funding competitively
  • documented experience of research supervision
  • good teamworking skills in multidisciplinary environments and experience of cooperation with other subjects, preferably with one or more of the subjects represented at the department. Completed collaboration projects shall be documented.

As much attention will be paid to teaching expertise as to research expertise in the assessment.

Applications are to be designed according to the Instructions available on Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete in accordance with the vacancy notice and the instructions, and that all documents have been scanned (as two PDF files) and submitted to the University within the application deadline through the recruitment portal MyNetwork.

The academic appointments board normally makes a selection from among the applicants and asks shortlisted candidates to submit a maximum of 10 publications for assessment. Digital publications cannot be used in lieu of printed versions.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/1276
  • Monica Libell, Head of Department , +46 46 222 09 48,
  • Henrik Horstbøll, professor, +46 46 222 31 42,
  • Lena Kandefelt, human resources manager, +46 46 222 7224,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
Published 09.Jun.2017
Last application date 15.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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