Lunds universitet

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

The Department of Economic History is a research-intensive department that employs about 100 people: researchers, teachers, technical/administrative staff, and Ph.D. candidates. The department has a large PhD programme and co-ordinates three international Master programmes. The Department has a well established reputation for wide-ranging research with an emphasis on long-term processes, and with economic theory and quantitative methods as important methodological tools. Strong research areas at the department include economic growth and structural change, innovation, energy and sustainability, development economics, and economic demography, as well as financial history and education and the labour market. More information is available at the Department’s website:

We are hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow in the research project on ‘African states and economic development in the 20th century: Capacity to count and collect’. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council with a five year Development Research Grant and is based at the Department of Economic History at Lund University.

The project is led by Professor Morten Jerven. Thilo Albers and Marvin Suesse are co-investigators on this project. The main objectives of the research project are to complete a database on taxation and census taking in African states from c.1890–2015, and to use this data for the analysis of state formation, state capacity and state legitimacy in the 20th century.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be able to work with statistical and historical analysis of existing and helping to create new databases and co-write articles, as well as conduct independent own analyses.

The Fellow will also be able to conduct independent research in Economic History. She/he must be willing to interact with students at the Department of Economic History and to participate actively in the common activities of the Department. The position involves a limited amount of teaching and/or supervision of Bachelor and Master's Theses.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements

To be qualified for employment as Postdoctoral Fellow, an individual must hold a PhD in Economic History or related discipline (e.g. Economics, Sociology, Economic Geography, Statistics, History) awarded no more than three years ago (unless the applicant has been on parental leave or leave due to illness). Applications will also be accepted from persons who have not yet completed their PhD, but this condition must be satisfied at the time of employment.

Basis of Assessment

Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for employment. The candidate must have demonstrated a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of the PhD dissertation and/or publications. The evaluation will take personal qualities, such as academic independence, willingness to collaborate, and communication skills, into consideration.

Applications should be written in English and must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publication list
  • Certificates, references, etc

Lund University promotes an equal opportunities code. We encourage both men and women to apply for this position.

Applications are due by 15th of April 2018.


Type of employment: Limit of tenure, two years

Location: Department of Economic History, Lund

First day of employment: September 1st 2018 or by appointment

Wage level: 39,200 SEK per month


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/811
  • Professor Morten Jerven,
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 12.Mar.2018
Last application date 15.Apr.2018 11:59 PM CET

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