Lund University, The Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Department of Archaeology and Ancient 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 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 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 Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University is one of the oldest and largest archaeology departments in Sweden, and one of the top 100 in the world according to the QS World University Ranking. We provide a lively environment for research and teaching and have done so since 1805.

The department covers four subjects: Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology, Historical Archaeology and Historical Osteology. The subjects cooperate with each other, while having different backgrounds with respect to history of ideas and are working partly with different source materials, methods and theoretical perspectives. This is the department’s strength from both a research and education perspective. Our students therefore often choose to combine our different subjects in their studies in order to obtain a personalised degree.

Lund University hereby invites applications for the position of Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History based until further notice at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. Ref. no: PA2019/1654

First day of employment: 1st of January 2021 or by agreement.

Information about the post: head of department Martin Hansson, (tel +46 46 2227939, or director of studies Fredrik Ekengren (+46 46 2227936

Information about terms of employment and salary: head of HR Lena Kandefelt (+46 46 222 7224;

The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University is one of the oldest and largest archaeology departments in Sweden, and one of the top 100 in the world according to the QS World University Ranking. We provide a lively environment for research and teaching and have done so since 1805.

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History is the study of a period from various points of view. The subject focuses on the ancient Mediterranean cultures, with an emphasis on the Greek and Roman cultures in the historical and prehistoric period, as well as the links between these and neighbouring cultures. The subject is multidisciplinary in nature and offers many different subject-related and theoretical entry points. One fundamental aspect is that it involves the study of both material culture and texts. The professorship at the department in Lund currently advertised therefore has no particular specialisation. The applicants are to have broad expertise outside their own specialised field of research.

The position of professor includes research in the subject, teaching and supervision of doctoral students as well as teaching within first and second cycle studies. In addition to cooperation with the other subjects at the department in Lund and with the subject Classical Archaeology and Ancient History in the rest of Sweden, the professor is expected to cooperate with the classical languages and with the Swedish research institutes in Rome, Athens and Istanbul.

Ability to teach in Swedish and English is a requirement. The appointee is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

Qualifications: A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor. The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

Those qualified for appointment as a professor are required to have completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge.

For the appointment of a professor the following constitute the assessment criteria:

  • Very good research, teaching, administrative and other expertise that is of significance when considering the subject content and duties of the post as well as other abilities considered important in order to perform the duties well.
  • A very high level of research qualifications including very good national and international standing as a researcher.
  • A very high level of teaching skill, including a very good ability to conduct, develop and lead educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • A good ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • A good ability to engage with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

The following are additional qualifications:

  • Documented ability to initiate, lead and carry out major research projects
  • Documented ability to obtain external research funding in competition
  • Documented well-established international networks
  • Documented experience of and expertise in academic leadership
  • Documented experience of working with both material culture and texts
  • Documented broad expertise outside the candidate’s own specialised field of research

As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise.

Applications are to be formulated in accordance with the instructions, which can be downloaded at The applicant is responsible for ensuring the application is complete in accordance with the vacancy announcement and instructions, that everything has been scanned in and that the University receives the application by the application deadline via the recruitment portal MyNetwork.

The Academic Appointments Board normally draws up a shortlist from among the applicants. These applicants are then requested to submit a maximum of 10 publications each for assessment. Publications in digital form cannot be used instead of print-out versions.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/1654
  • prefekt Martin Hansson, +46462227939,
  • studierektor Fredrik Ekengren, +462227936,
  • personalchef Lena Kandefelt, +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 27.Sep.2019
Last application date 01.Dec.2019 11:59 PM CET

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