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 around 44 000 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.

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, urban, landscape and social geography, and GIS. The department has a Human Ecology Division (with a doctoral program of its own).

Job duties
Duties include initiating and managing research in economic geography and related fields, conducting individual research, teaching and supervision in the doctoral program and at other levels, taking part in the development of courses and programs, as well as administrative responsibilities.

According to chapter 4 and section 3 in the Higher Education Ordinance, a person who has demonstrated research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment. Research and teaching should be current and principally within the area of economic geography. Research expertise is to be demonstrated through independent research initiatives that to a significant degree exceeds the qualification required for appointment as an Associated Professor/reader in terms of quality and quantity.

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria for appointments of professors are stated in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 Section 3, and in Rules and Regulations for Academic Appointments, reg. no STYR 2017/1906.

A general requirement for appointment as full professor is outstanding research and teaching skills. Special emphasis will be placed on the ability to publish research of high international standard, to supervise doctoral students and the ability to develop and lead externally funded research projects, in collaboration with other researchers. The candidate must have successfully completed supervision of at least one doctoral project. In assessing the teaching expertise, regard will be given to previous experience of teaching, supervising and examination in the first, second and third cycles as well as experiences of implementing, developing and evaluating courses and programs. Previous experience of academic leadership will be taken into account.

The extent to which the qualifications of the applicant will complement and reinforce current research and teaching in economic geography, and contribute to the future development of the department, will be taken into account. The research and teaching profile of the department is described on its website ( An ability to teach in English and to work in an internationalized environment is required. A successful candidate who does not speak a Scandinavian language is encouraged by the department to acquire and, in the long run, master proficiency in Swedish.

Finally, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the day-to-day activities in the department and the faculty.

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 applicant must also include a short (3-4 pages) statement of how the applicant intends to contribute to the development of research and teaching at the Department of Human Geography. 

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/3062
  • Karl-Johan Lundquist, prefekt, 046-222 84 13,
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.Sep.2018
Last application date 30.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET

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