Lund University, The Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Department of 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.

The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have some 700 employees and around 4000 students.

The Department of History is one of the eight departments within the Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology. It is a large department consisting of three divisions: the Division of history, the Division of human rights and the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies. Around 70 teachers and researchers work at the department. They undertake teaching within the BA programmes in history and human rights, the masters programme in history and the international masters programmes in human rights and Asian studies. The department also has a large post-graduate programme with Ph.D. students in history and human rights, as well as a research school in history.

The Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies was founded in 1997 as a result of a government initiative. The Centre’s task is to develop expertise and understanding of contemporary societal, political and economic development in East and Southeast Asia. The Centre conducts education at the Master’s level as well as research. It features the largest library of its kind in the Nordic area and regularly organises visiting lectures, seminars and conferences.

Lund University hereby announces a vacancy for the position of a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Japan's and/or Korea's Contemporary society at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies.

Ref nr: 2019/605

First day of employment: 15 August 2019 or by agreement.

For questions concerning the position, contact: Head of Department, Henrik Rosengren ( +46 46 222 79 18) and professor Marina Svensson ( +46 46 222 40 68).

For questions concerning employment and salaries, contact: Lena Kandefelt, Head of Human Resources (+46 222 7224,

The person employed is expected to work independently but should also cooperate with other researchers within the subject. The postdoctoral fellow should participate in and contribute to the research environment through active participation in research seminars and other research related activities within the subject, and thus stimulate theoretical discussions, contribute with own research within the field, as well as contribute to the general work of initiating new research ideas. The postdoctoral fellow should mainly conduct research at the workplace in Lund. Teaching, supervision and other teaching related tasks comprise 20% of the position at a maximum.

Qualifications: the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or an international degree deemed equivalent not more than three years before the application deadline. Candidates who completed a PhD over three years ago must provide certificates of parental leave, illness or similar reasons for leave in the application.

Applicants need to have very good and documented knowledge of English as well as Japanese and/or Korean.

The grounds for assessment are a good ability to develop and conduct high-quality research, and teaching skills. The main criterion for assessment for a postdoctoral fellowship is research expertise. As documentation for the assessment of qualifications, applicants are to submit a project plan of the research they intend to carry out during their appointment.  Only applicants whose project plan and earlier works can strengthen the research environment will be considered for the employment as postdoctoral fellow.

Special qualifications are previous research and/or a project plan related to the Centre’s prioritized research areas, in particular domestic politics and social issues, civil society, digital developments and popular culture. Experience from arranging seminars and different public events is also valued. 

The application must include

  • a complete and signed CV and a certified copy of the PhD degree transcript
  • a list of publications (including ISBN and ISSN numbers)
  • a project plan of no more than 1500 words (not including list of references) of the research project the candidate intends to pursue during the fellowship.

The project plan is to have the following headings:

  • Aim and purpose of the project
  • Theory and method
  • Relationship to the existing field of research on the subject and its most important works
  • Timetable and expected outcome of the project
  • The applicant’s expertise and qualifications for the project

NB! The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions above, that all documents are scanned (as a single PDF file) and that the file has reached the University through the e-recruitment portal MyNetwork no later than the application deadline. 


For further information (in Swedish, English translation to follow shortly) see and log into the application system.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/605
  • Henrik Rosengren/ prefekt, +46462227918
  • Marina Svensson/ professor, +46462224068
  • Lena Kandefelt/ personalchef, +46462227224
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 06.Mar.2019
Last application date 03.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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