Lund University, LUSEM, Department of Economics

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.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

The School of Economics and Management is accredited by the three largest and most influential accreditation institutes for business schools: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Only just over 100 business schools in the world have achieved this prestigious Triple Crown accreditation.

These positions are for a PhD degree, which implies that the total time of employment may not exceed four years of full time study at the postgraduate level. The exact number of positions that are available has not yet been decided. During recent years the Department has financed five to seven new PhD students each year.

Job Assignments

The holders of these positions have a primary obligation to successfully fulfil their postgraduate (third cycle) education ending with a doctoral degree (PhD). A position as doctoral student can contain some limited teaching or other departmental work at the Department of Economics. The maximum amount of such work is 20%.

See also: the plan of studies for a doctoral degree in Economics

Eligibility/Entry Requirements

An applicant has basic eligibility for third cycle studies if he or she: 1. has been awarded a second cycle degree, 2. has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 credits at second cycle level, or 3. has acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 39)

An applicant is eligible to be admitted to the third cycle degree programme in Economics if he or she fulfils the basic eligibility requirements, and has documented qualifications worth at least 90 credits in Economics and independent projects (degree projects) worth at least 15 credits in Economics. 

Basis of Assessment

Selection among the applicants will be based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the programme. Evaluation of an applicant’s ability to benefit from the programme is based primarily on previously demonstrated skills in studies, standardised tests, and other relevant skills. Particular attention is paid to thesis work in Economics and to course work within the methodological core of Economics. The number of second cycle credits achieved is not used as a criterion. Ability to cooperate with others is a merit.

Application procedure

Please apply for the position online.

Application must include the following:

  1. A completed form with supplementary information (to be found at .
  2. Copies of exam certificates.
  3. A short CV.
  4. Certified test results where applicable (e.g., GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS).
  5. A description (max 1000 words) of the research topics the applicant is interested in and of the reasons he or she wants to pursue these studies at the Department of Economics in Lund.
  6. At least one and at most two independent projects (e.g., essays) worth the equivalent of 15 credits in Economics.

These documents should be uploaded (pdf) in the job application portal (under ”Attachments”). Exam certificates and other documents on paper should be scanned or photographed before being uploaded.

The applicant should also obtain recommendations from two teachers or researchers with a PhD in Economics or with corresponding knowledge and experience relevant to research in Economics. The people giving a recommendation should complete the form available at, save it and send it to

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2021-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/3686
  • Tommy Andersson, Studierektor FU, +46 46 222 49 70,
  • Erik Wengström, Studierektor FU, +46 46 222 01 23,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46 222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46 46 222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46 46 222 93 66
Published 01.Dec.2020
Last application date 01.Feb.2021 11:59 PM CET

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