Lund Univ. Faculty of Social Sciences , The Department of Political Science

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 Political Science combines ancient traditions with modern research and education. The department safeguards disciplinary breadth and diversity and has long been successful in competition for external research funding. Key research fields include democracy and democratisation, power and administration, diplomacy, peace and conflict, globalisation, political psychology, gender, environmental policy and welfare. The strong research profile of the Department of Political Science is reflected in its teaching. The educational environment has long been strongly international.

Peace and Conflict Research

Job Assignments 
We are looking for an ambitious political scientist at the start of her/his career. The work duties consist of research, with the stated specialisation of the post, and teaching in political science and peace and conflict studies at the undergraduate and Master’s levels. The position is comprised of at least 50 percent research and no more than 50 percent tuition and administrative tasks. The research component may amount to 60 percent in the first three years. The position is linked to a research project led by Associate Professor Lisa Strömbom at Lund University’s Department of Political Science and funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). The project starts in 2019 and is expected to run throughout 2023. The aim is to conduct conceptual development and empirical research on the conditions for the creation of agonistic peace in protracted conflicts, drawing on evidence from the peace processes in Colombia, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue research contributing to the general aims of the project “Pushing the boundaries of peace research – reconceptualizing and measuring agonistic peace” (PUSHPEACE). All participants will, however, conduct independent research and will be free to choose their own research topics, develop their own theoretical ideas and apply the research methods they deem best suited. The project is based on a mixed-methods design, meaning that the case study methods may include statistical as well as qualitative strategies. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct high-quality teaching at all levels in political science and peace and conflict studies As the project participants are intended to work as a team, they are all expected to have the Department of Political Science in Lund as their main workplace.

A person who has obtained a PhD or an equivalent degree in political science from abroad, or has acquired the equivalent research expertise in other ways, shall be considered eligible for the position of associate senior lecturer. Priority will be given to applicants who have obtained a PhD or acquired the equivalent qualifications no more than five years prior to the application deadline, unless exceptional circumstances apply. 

Assessment criteria
An ability to pursue independent research, participate in international collaboration and engage in

interdisciplinary research is of major importance to the position. Applicants must be able to present documentation of their teaching ability. Proficiency in English and an ability to teach in English are required. The assessment will take into account the applicant’s (a) research expertise and progression, which will be assessed on the basis of the submitted scholarly work; (b) ability to independently conduct and develop research together with other researchers in national and international contexts; (c) ability to contribute to the general aims of the research project Pushing the boundaries of peace research – reconceptualizing and measuring agonistic peace; and (d) teaching experience and ability. 

An associate senior lecturer may, on application, be promoted to permanent employment as a senior lecturer. The application must be submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences no later than 3 years and 6 months after the date of appointment. The applicant’s eligibility and suitability for such employment will be assessed through a review of the progress they have made during their appointment with regard to research and teaching, focusing on the following criteria:

  • Well-documented research expertise. This includes a proven high standard as a researcher. Special emphasis will be placed on international publication.
  • Well-documented teaching expertise. Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s proven ability to conduct teaching and supervision at various levels of study, and that how the quality and breadth of their teaching have developed over time.
  • Progress in academic leadership through an increased ability to develop, manage and conduct education and research and/or demonstrated commitment/leadership in university-wide duties.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to contribute to departmental activities.
  • Documented ability to draft applications for external research funding.
  • Good ability to interact with wider society and to inform about research and development work.
  • Swedish proficiency to the degree necessary for performing regular tasks involved in research, education and administration.
  • Teacher training to the extent required for appointment as senior lecturer.

In the assessment of qualifications for a senior lectureship, equal attention will be paid to the applicant’s teaching and research expertise.

The application is 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 application is to include (a) a cover letter; (b) a CV, including certificates/grade transcripts; (c) a written account of the applicant’s research and teaching expertise (see instructions on the academic qualifications portfolio); (d) the research publications the applicant would like to have considered (no more than five). The applicant must also include (e) a project plan (approx. 2–4 pages) showing what research she/he intends to pursue within the scope of the research project Pushing the boundaries of peace research – reconceptualizing and measuring agonistic peace.

Lund University has a policy of individually negotiated salaries. Applicants may state their desired salary in the application.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-01-01 or by agreement
Salary månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/555
  • Lisa Strömbom, Project Leader, +46 46 222 45 53,
  • Björn Badersten, Head of Department, +46 46 222 01 59,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46 46 222 93 64
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46 222 93 62
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46 46 222 93 66
Published 12.Feb.2019
Last application date 14.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CEST

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