Lund University, LUSEM, Dept 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 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 looking for a senior lecturer and research leader for one of the three branches of the department’s innovation research. We are looking for a person who has a base in innovation research, preferably focusing on sustainability, for example within one of the disciplines economic history, economics, business administration, sociology or economic geography. Applicants should show an interest in working with and developing Swinno’s specific activities (see below).

Job description
Research and teaching on innovation and sustainability have been some of the rapidly expanding fields of the department in recent years. Innovation research at the department currently has three main areas: technical historical changes, innovations and global sustainability, and Swinno, the database of Swedish Innovations.

Applicants should show interest in working on developing the Swinno database and research programs. Swinno is a high-quality innovation database that currently covers the period 1970–2016 and is based on technical journal articles on Swedish innovations. The development of the database will mainly focus on sustainability in the coming years, related to Vinnova’s strategic innovation program The project and the database are planned for the next five years to employ the following staff: One research leader and PI (this position), one research engineer, one project assistant, one postdoctoral fellow and additionally three researchers working 10–20 percent of full time in the project.

As for teaching, one of the department’s three master’s programs has a specific focus on innovation and sustainability – Masters in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development – with some thirty students, but we also give two courses with these themes at the bachelor’s level. Innovation and sustainability are priorities research and education areas at the Lund University School of Economics and Management.

The position covers both education, research and administration. Teaching takes place at basic and advanced level and also includes supervision and examinations of theses at the bachelor's and master’s level. Additionally, there are good opportunities for supervision of future PhD students.

The work in research and administration means being a research leader for Swinno, both in initiating research and in the further development of the database. This also includes initiating and working with the future research funding.

Qualification requirements
To be qualified for employment, a doctoral degree is required, as well as demonstrated pedagogical proficiency. In addition, senior lectureship requires pedagogical university education, at least five weeks, or equivalent knowledge acquired in another way. Applicants with a mother tongue other than Swedish are expected to be able to teach in Swedish two years after being hired.

In senior lectureship, a balance is sought between teaching and research. Equal weight will therefore be given to scientific and educational skills. Also administrative capacity, as well as the degree of ability to interact with the surrounding community and to inform about research are weighed into the assessment.When assessing scientific skill, publication in journals or book with an international peer review system is highly credible, as well as experience of international cooperation and participation in research networks. Particular importance will be attached to the ability to receive external research grants.

The applicant should demonstrate good co-operative skills, and well documented supervisory skills, as well as ability and momentum to initiate projects that further develop innovation and sustainability research and, in particular, with respect to Swinno.

For further information concerning the assessment criteria see "General requirements profile and assessment for employment as senior lecturer at Lund University School of Economics and Management"

Design and content of the application
The applicant is encouraged to name a maximum of two persons who can give recommendations, but we do not consider recommendation letters with the application.

Application procedure
Please send in your application by clicking the ”log in and apply” button in the upper right-hand column of the vacancy notice. The application should be written in English. The School of Economics and Management uses a special qualifications portfolio system to document and present merits. Please, create your application according to the disposition described below and attach it as three separate PDF-files (in the recruitment system). For further information on how to apply, please see “Instructions to applicants for employment as professor or senior lecturer at Lund University School of Economics and Management”

The application must be received by 2019-01-18 at the latest.

First day of emloyment is September 1, 2019 or by appointment

Lund University applies individual payroll. Please specify salary application in the application.

Further information about the employment can be obtained from professor Astrid Kander,

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-09-01
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/3838
  • Astrid Kander, professor, +46462227483,
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 18.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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