Lund University, LUSEM, Department of Economic History

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.

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:

Job assignments

The holder will mainly work in the research project How welfare shapes our future: Policies targeted at young children and their effects over the full life course – a case study of southern Sweden, 1920 to the present day which studies the effects of welfare developments targeted at mothers and young children – the institutionalization of childbirth in hospitals and child-care in day care centres – on individuals’ wellbeing over the full life course. Work tasks involve data management and programming of individual-level data from historical and contemporary administrative records, designing studies, undertaking empirical analyses, and writing academic papers for publication in international, well-renowned journals. The work should be done independently and in collaboration with other members of the research team. The postdoctoral fellow should also be willing to interact with students and to participate actively in the common activities at the Department of Economic History. The position involves a limited amount of teaching, maximum 20%, and/or supervision of Bachelor and Master's Theses.

Basis of Assessment

Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for employment.

The holder of the position should be competent and experienced enough to be able to carry out independent research in Economic Demography using state-of-the-art quantitative methods with an awareness of empirical design. Documented experience in working with such methods and design is a requirement. Training and documented experience in working with Swedish register data is also a requirement. The postdoctoral fellow must hold a PhD in Economic History or a related discipline, yet no more than three years ago (unless the applicant has been on parental leave, etc.).

Applicants with a documented interest in the Economic Demography, Social Stratification Research, and how early life exposures affect later life outcomes, for example as response to policy interventions, are especially encouraged to apply.

For appointment, the candidate must have demonstrated a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of the PhD dissertation and other publications. Documented skills in data management of large data sets, quantitative analysis and software such as SAS and Stata are required. Knowledge of the institutional developments of the Swedish welfare state are desirable. We also look for high-level communicative skills (for example through documented proficiency in English and Swedish), good time management, and the ability to interact with the research community and building networks.

The application must include a research plan where the applicant presents her/his own ideas for research to be conducted. Maximum 2 pages.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

  • international experience;
  • other results and distinctions which attest to the applicant's ability to do research;
  • ability to engage and inform society at large about research.

The evaluation will take personal qualities, such as academic independence, willingness to collaborate, and communication skills, into consideration.

Conditions of employment

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, two years Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Economic History, Lund First day of employment: September 1, 2018 or by agreement


Applications should be written in English and must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research plan
  4. Publications including publication list
  5. Certificates, references, etc.
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 PA2018/1296
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 30.May.2018
Last application date 15.Jun.2018 11:59 PM CET

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