Lund University, The Department of Service Management and Service Studies

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.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is regularly ranked as one of the world's top 100 higher education institutions. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 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 is one of Sweden’s leading centres of knowledge for research and education in the social and behavioural sciences, with activities in both Lund and Helsingborg. The Department of Service Management and Service Studies is located in Campus Helsingborg.

The department conducts education and research to understand, problematise and contribute to the development of services and the service society. Critical societal perspectives are of particular importance to the department’s education and research. Teaching staff and researchers at the department represent different disciplinary fields and perspectives, such as service studies, ethnology, sociology, human geography, human ecology, environmental strategy and business administration, which combine to form the basis for our interdisciplinary education and research.

Our study programmes provide students with specific knowledge of services and their conditions and development in organisations and in society. The study programmes apply several different scholarly approaches to services, including social, economic, environmental, ethical, historical, spatial and cultural perspectives. Our teaching staff are also interested in developing teaching methods and tools to facilitate students’ learning.

Research in service studies, specialising in sustainability

Sustainability research is a focus area at the department that we wish to reinforce. The proposed research should be related to fields in which the department excels, such as sustainable production and consumption of food, circular economics, waste management services, mobility, fashion, tourism and sustainability, sustainable cities and services and digitisation from a sustainability perspective. The research may comprise case studies in various service sectors, whether public or private, and/or analysis of institutional frameworks. As the department continuously strives to develop its interdisciplinary research environment, we welcome research proposals with an interdisciplinary ambition.

Work duties

The work duties of a postdoc mainly involve conducting research. Some teaching at different levels may be included, although not exceeding one fifth of total working hours.

The postdoc is expected to be present on location and to contribute to the department’s activities. This means attending meetings at the department and presenting your ongoing research at departmental seminars.


A person is qualified for employment as a postdoc if they hold a doctoral degree, or an international degree that is assessed as equivalent, within service studies or an adjacent field such as sociology, ethnology, business administration, human geography, and if they completed their doctoral degree at most three years prior to the application deadline. In exceptional circumstances, a doctoral degree completed earlier may be acceptable.


This is a career development position mainly focused on research. The position is intended as an introductory career step and applicants will mainly be assessed on the basis of their research qualifications and potential as researchers.


For appointment to a postdoc position, the following are to constitute grounds for assessment:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high-quality research
  • Teaching skills

Particular emphasis will be placed on documented research skills in the subject field: services and sustainability.


  • An ability to conduct and successfully complete research projects independently.
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Experience of international collaboration.

Major importance will also be placed on personal suitability, such as a documented ability to collaborate, as well as independence and drive. In addition, we attach great importance to the applicant, through their experience and expertise, being assessed as able to complement and reinforce ongoing research specialised in sustainability at the department, and to contribute to its future development.


The application is to include the following:

  1. Presentation of the applicant’s research and research specialisation and a two-page research plan
  2. A CV with copies of degree certificates
  3. A list of publications
  4. Up to three (3) representative publications
  5. Contact details for three (3) referees


Applications which lack any of the above will be discarded.

The application is to link to a current and societally relevant sustainability problem, and can aim towards theoretical or methodological development, as well as practical change.


The position of postdoc is a two-year career development position specialising in research, and the appointment is to be an introductory career step.

Further information

Please note that an employee who has previously been employed at Lund University as a postdoc for more than one year cannot be appointed as a postdoc again within the same or any adjacent subject field at the University.

Within the framework of the position, there is to be an opportunity for three weeks’ training in teaching and learning in higher education.

The appointment is intended to begin as soon as possible.

The University applies individual salary-setting. You are welcome to state your salary expectations in your application.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Helsingborg
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/3579
  • Anette Svingstedt, +4642356630
  • Johan Hultman, +4642356613
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 20.Nov.2018
Last application date 17.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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