Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences ,

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.

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.

About the graduate school
Agenda 2030 is the framework for sustainable development that the world’s nations have signed to end extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, solve the climate crisis, promote peace and equity and much more. In order to achieve the goals, research has several important roles: to identify challenges and conflicting objectives, contribute new solutions, generate dialogue and learning between different societal stakeholders and critically analyse the goals. Lund University aspires to be a part of the solution and has therefore started a graduate school focusing on societal challenges, sustainability issues and Agenda 2030. We now welcome to the graduate school applicants from various disciplinary backgrounds who want to take an active role in Agenda 2030 research. The graduate school offers a unique opportunity to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on global challenges and contribute to current research while deepening your subject knowledge.

The graduate school will have at least 12 doctoral students from all faculties. You will be associated with a specific research studies programme, and simultaneously take part in the university-wide interdisciplinary research studies courses, developed on the basis of the issues defined by the global goals. The courses provide great potential to develop new forms of collaboration and work for change across disciplinary boundaries. Besides the research studies courses, you will participate in several activities linked to the graduate school in order to take an active part in the global sustainability agenda and to advance the research front on issues concerning Agenda 2030, for example through seminars, conferences, study trips and collaboration with various societal stakeholders.

The application processes for the relevant doctoral studentship can differ depending on the department responsible for the position. A common requirement for all applicants is to present a research project with a clear connection to Agenda 2030. All project ideas are welcome, but applicants should take Agenda 2030’s holistic approach as a starting point rather than focusing on individual sustainability goals.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the leading research and teaching environments for social and behavioural sciences in the country. Our researchers make the function and dynamics of society understandable, thereby creating opportunities to change society and, at best, preventing social problems. Our research generates knowledge and solutions that contribute to effective social organization, economic competitiveness, and socially sustainable development.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has the following subject areas: Gender studies, Human Ecology, Human Geography, Media and Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology of Law, Political Science, Service studies, and Sustainability sciences.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

In addition, the candidate needs to have completed 30 credits in the subject or related field, at the Advanced level, with 15 credits or more being comprised of a thesis.

However, for PhD studies in sociology or social anthropology, the applicant must have completed at least 30 second cycle credits within the main field of sociology or social anthropology, or acquired the equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad. The applicant must also have completed a Master’s degree project of at least 15 credits in sociology or social anthropology or other discipline deemed equivalent. 

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

The application must include the following:
1. An explicit statement of which subject the applicant wishes to be enrolled in (Gender studies, Human Ecology, Human Geography, Media and Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology of Law, Political Science, Service studies, and Sustainability science 
2. CV
3. Copies of degree certificate
4. Introductory letter (500-750 words) Briefly describe why you are interested in research studies at Lund University. On the basis of your disciplinary background, describe how, through the graduate school, you could contribute to innovative thinking and boundary-crossing research linked to Agenda 2030. How can your experiences be connected to the graduate school/Agenda 2030?
5. Research plan (max 2000 word) Briefly describe your planned research project (research problem, issues/hypotheses, research design, theory/literature, method, etc.) 6. Contact information for three (3) references

Applications that do not include all the items above will not be considered.

Type of employment Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2019-09-01 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/4388
  • Emma Ohlsson, personalsamordnare,
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 19.Dec.2018
Last application date 31.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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