Lunds universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fak, Sociologiska institutionen

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 Sociology is home to Pedagogics, Social Anthropology and Sociology, with significant teaching commitments in all three disciplines. Research in the department span from empirical studies of contemporary social issues to critical theory, and the development of theory and methods.

Subject description
The Department of Sociology is one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Social Science, with about 70 employees and over 700 full-time students. Teaching at the department encompasses all levels of teaching, including Bachelor, Master and Graduate studies. The department is also home to the Division of Education and the Division of Social Anthropology, and faculty cooperate in teaching and research across divisional boundaries. Graduate studies and all Master courses in sociology are offered in English.

The Department of Sociology has a long tradition of successful and internationally renowned research in both theoretical and empirical aspects of the discipline. The research environment is marked by methodological curiosity, exploring a variety of methods. We cherish this tradition but encourage originality and novelty in thinking. We want to strengthen our profile further with this call for a new professor. We are looking for a person with exceptional abilities in understanding and interpreting empirical material, as well as a deep and broad experience in sociological theory development. 

Principal duties
The duties include research, teaching and supervision from undergraduate to PhD studies within the area of sociology, as well as administration. One particularly important duty is to develop the department’s research by actively applying for external research grants and actively engaging in the international sociological debate. The supervision of doctoral students, and teaching on undergraduate and advanced courses, are also among the key duties. A limited amount of administrative tasks are part of the position. 

Qualification requirements
A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 4, section 3). Research production shall be current and strengthen ongoing research traditions within the department. Research expertise is to be demonstrated through independent research initiatives that to a significant extent exceed the qualification required for appointment as an associate professor, in terms of quality and quantity.

Teaching expertise shall be given equally importance as research expertise. Teaching expertise is to be demonstrated through teaching experience in the first, second and third cycles. The applicant is to have completed at least five weeks of training in teaching and learning in higher education or have equivalent knowledge that has been acquired in some other way, unless there are special reasons to the contrary. Applicants who have not studied teaching and learning in higher education are expected to take such a course within one year of taking up the position. Teaching staff at Lund University must also comply with the general qualification requirements of being suited to and having the general ability required to complete the duties of the post well.

To be qualified the applicant must have supervised at least one doctoral student up to the completion of his or her PhD, either as principal supervisor or supervisor. 

Assessment criteria
It is of the utmost importance that the applicant is established as an independent researcher at an international level through having been awarded research grants as the principal applicant in a competitive process, publications in prominent international research journals and publishing houses, documented ability to plan and lead research projects, and documented national and international research cooperation. Documented expertise in supervising doctoral students is of particular importance.

The applicant shall also demonstrate good teaching abilities, including very good ability to develop and lead teaching and other pedagogical activities on different levels and with various teaching methods.

The applicant shall also show a good ability to engage with wider society and to disseminate information on activities, as well as good abilities in general to lead and develop these activities.

Teaching will be conducted in Swedish and English. If the successful applicant has a first language other than Swedish (Danish or Norwegian), she or he will be expected to have acquired sufficient knowledge of the Swedish language (spoken and written) within two years, to be able to teach in Swedish and actively participate in administrative and other relevant activities conducted in Swedish.  

The application must conform to the Instructions that can be downloaded at The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete, in accordance with the vacancy announcement and instructions, and for scanning the application and submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal MyNetwork.

The Academic Appointments Board normally makes a selection among the applicants and asks shortlisted candidates to submit a maximum of 10 publications for assessment.

Lund University applies individual wage settings. Please, include your salary requirement in the application.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019 or by appointment
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1356
  • Åsa Lundqvist, Head of Department,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46 222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46 46 222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46 46 222 93 66
Published 25.Apr.2018
Last application date 20.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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