Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences , The Department of Sociology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 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 welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Department of Sociology is one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences, with about 70 employees and over 740 full-time students, of which approximately 100 full-time students study Social Anthropology. Teaching at the department encompasses all levels of teaching, including Bachelor, Master and Graduate studies.

There is advanced cooperation between social anthropology and sociology. There are certain joint modules or course components, and teaching staff within the two subjects teach, supervise and assess in both the department’s own Master’s programmes and in several of the faculty’s joint Master’s programmes and courses. In addition to subject-specific second cycle programmes, the department also conducts a Master’s programme in Cultural Criminology taught by lecturers from both subjects. There is also a certain degree of cooperation between the subjects in the department’s new first cycle programmes in Social Anthropology and Sociology. 

Subject description

The Division of Social Anthropology is currently a relatively small research environment, but it is characterised by diversity, curiosity and critical thinking. Current research spans a broad field including refugee existence and integration, human rights, nationalism, social movements, policy, criminal and political violence, sex work, social stigmatisation as well as museology and visual anthropology. With this vacancy announcement, we want to further strengthen the division and ensure renewal and the development of the subject.

Principal duties

A professor has overall responsibility for leading and organising research, teaching and the continuous development of the subject. A professor is expected to actively seek research funding, lead and participate in research projects and take part in the international research debate.

The position also includes first, second and third cycle teaching and supervision as well as leading, organising, developing and planning the content of third cycle studies and first and second cycle programmes. The position also encompasses administration, subject responsibility and, on occasion, participating in various drafting bodies concerning research and third cycle studies, and management assignments at departmental and other levels within Lund University. We expect that the incoming professor will actively participate in the daily work of the department.  

Teaching will be conducted in Swedish and English. If the successful applicant has a first language other than Swedish (Danish or Norwegian), she or he will be expected to have acquired sufficient knowledge of the Swedish language (spoken and written) within two years, to be able to teach in Swedish and actively participate in administrative and other relevant activities conducted in Swedish.

Qualification requirements

A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 4, section 3). Applicants are to be able to clearly document current and international outstanding academic credentials including research as well as management of research programmes and teaching. Research expertise is to be demonstrated through independent research initiatives that to a significant extent exceed the qualification required for appointment as an associate professor, in terms of quality and quantity. Documented experience of cross-disciplinary research is a merit.

Teaching expertise shall be given equally importance as research expertise. Teaching expertise is to be demonstrated through teaching experience in the first, second and third cycles. To be qualified the applicant must have supervised at least one doctoral student up to the completion of his or her PhD.

The applicant is to have completed at least five weeks of training in teaching and learning in higher education or have equivalent knowledge that has been acquired in some other way, unless there are special reasons to the contrary. Applicants who have not studied teaching and learning in higher education are expected to take such a course within one year of taking up the position.

Teaching staff at Lund University must also comply with the general qualification requirements of being suited to and having the general ability required to complete the duties of the post well.

Assessment criteria

We are looking for a person with extensive ethnographic experience, an excellent analytical eye for empirical material and good knowledge of social anthropological theory. Experience of interdisciplinary cooperation in teaching and/or research, particularly with sociologists, is an additional qualification.

It is of the utmost importance that the applicant is established as an independent researcher at an international level through: (1) having been awarded research grants as the principal applicant in a competitive process, (2) publications in prominent international research journals and publishing houses, (3) documented ability to plan and lead research projects, and (4) documented national and international research cooperation. Moreover, a broad academic competence not only focused on a special area is of importance.

The applicant shall also demonstrate good teaching abilities, including very good ability to develop and lead teaching and other pedagogical activities on different levels and with various teaching methods. Documented expertise in supervising doctoral students is of particular importance.

The successful applicant is to have good administrative and communication ability, teamwork and management skills as well as having the other abilities required to successfully carry out the duties of a professor. The applicant shall also show a good ability to engage with wider society and to disseminate information on activities, as well as good abilities in general to lead and develop these activities.


The application must conform to the Instructions that can be downloaded at 

The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete, in accordance with the vacancy announcement and instructions, and for scanning the application and submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal MyNetwork.

Lund University applies individual wage settings. Please, include your salary requirement in the application.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2021 or by appointment
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/1987
  • Anders Kirchner, rekryteringsansvarig, +46 46 222 7206,
  • Åsa Lundqvist, prefekt, +46 46 222 8739,
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 02.Jun.2020
Last application date 01.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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