Lund University, Faculty of Law,

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 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 is a full-scale and research-intensive university, and the only Swedish university to be part of the strong international networks League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21 (U21). Lund University has partner universities in close to 70 countries and attracts more international students than any other higher education institution in Sweden.

The Faculty of Law is characterised by internationalisation, the intertwining of education and research, interdisciplinarity, as well as close and boundary-crossing collaboration with wider society. The Faculty’s research environment and PhD-education are markedly international and, alongside the professional law degree, the Faculty offers several international Master’s programmes.

Lund University and the Faculty of Law offer an inclusive work environment that fosters development within the broader dynamic research and innovation area of the Öresund region.


Public law with specialisation on social law

Subject description

The subject public law mainly includes state law, general administrative law and special administrative law such as social law, migration law and public order and safety law. Social law, as part of public law research at the faculty, is based on national law, but is also internationally oriented in several areas, particularly with comparisons with other countries' legal systems and studies of the importance of European law for the national legal system.

The subject of social law includes legal rules on public social measures to meet individuals' needs for help and support in personal or financial terms. Social law includes the regulation on care and care of individuals as well as rules on various forms of financial support within the social services, health and medical care and the social insurance law. The subject is, by its nature and tradition, nationally oriented due to the very strong character of the Nordic welfare state model in this field of law. However, large parts of social law now also have a central and recurring connection to EU law and to international treaties on human rights. Social law is a central component in several interdisciplinary jurisprudence disciplines such as child law, elder law and health law.

Work duties

The post as associate senior lecturer is a career development position and is to offer opportunities for gaining research and teaching qualifications. The position shall first and foremost provide scope for developing research qualifications, and the primary duty is to conduct high quality research (60%). The research has to result in national and international publications, and the associate senior lecturer must also actively apply for external funding. Additional duties include teaching in the faculty’s undergraduate, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as in distance learning education (40%). The successful candidate will have special responsibility for research and teaching within social law with a particular focus on Swedish social insurance law. The teaching tasks will take place at the third and fourth semester at the Law Program, in advanced level courses in public law and at distance and commissioned courses.

The researchers and teachers at the faculty are expected to contribute to a dynamic research environment as well as to other faculty activities, and to perform work primarily in the workplace provided by the Faculty.

The scope of the position shall also provide an opportunity for training in teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to at least five weeks.


A person qualified for appointment as an associate senior lecturer is a person who has been awarded a PhD in legal science or has the corresponding research expertise. Primary consideration should be given to a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise within five years of the deadline for application for employment as an associate senior lecturer. However, a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise at an earlier date may also be considered if there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances are sick leave, parental leave or other similar circumstances.

For an associate senior lecturer, the general qualification requirements concern being suitable for and having the ability in general that is needed to satisfactorily carry out the duties of the appointment in question.

Assessment criteria

For appointments to associate senior lecturer, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and carry out high quality research, and teaching skills. For the position should be taken into consideration both scientific and pedagogical ability. The focus on this assessment should be on researcher skills
  • A focus on national, Nordic and EU law perspectives in research
  • Particular emphasis will be placed on subject knowledge in social law, particularly Swedish social insurance law

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Documented ability to formulate research applications for external funding
  • Documented research and teaching experience, for example in the form of publications, research collaborations and conference presentations
  • Broad subject expertise in the public law area in research and teaching


The position is a fixed term (4 years) full time post. The term is regulated in the Higher Ordinance Ac (HF), chapter 4, Section 12 a.

Promotion to senior lecturer

An associate senior lecturer’s work and qualifications should be evaluated mid-way through the period of employment. The employee shall receive instructions on the specific areas that need to be developed in order to be promoted to senior lecturer employed for an indefinite term.

An associate senior lecturer shall on application be promoted to senior lecturer employed for an indefinite term if he or she has the required qualifications and is deemed to be suitable with reference to the qualification requirements and assessment criteria as stated below. An associate senior lecturer can only apply for promotion once.

The application is to be submitted to the Faculty of law at the latest after 3 years and 6 months of actual service.

Qualification requirements for senior lecturers

Those qualified for appointment as a senior lecturer are a person who has demonstrated teaching expertise, and been awarded a PhD or has the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties that it will involve.

The assessment criteria for appointment as a senior lecturer shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

To be qualified for employment as a senior lecturer according to Lund University Appointment Rules, an individual shall have completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means, unless there are valid reasons. If there are valid reasons, an appointment can still be made.

Assessment criteria for senior lecturer

For appointments to senior lecturer, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • The overall assessment criteria is to demonstrate strong development during the appointment as an associate senior lecturer regarding research expertise, and a development regarding teaching expertise. The assessment of the candidate’s development during the appointment as associate senior lecturer is to take into account the research plan and timetable submitted by the candidate with the application for the post as associate senior lecturer
  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD
  • An ability to engage with wider society and communicate his or her activities
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities, such as experience of administrative and leadership assignments
  • The ability to teach in Swedish on our law programme is a requirement along with the ability to teach in English

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Documented ability to formulate research applications for external funding
  • Documented research and teaching experience, for example in the form of publications, research and teaching stays at other universities, research collaborations and conference presentations
  • Broad subject expertise

Instructions for application for the position as an associate senior lecturer

The application is to be submitted electronically in the Lund University application portal. Additions, in the form of research publications/equivalent, are to be sent in three copies to:

The Faculty of Law, Lund University, Helena Josefsson, P.O. Box 207, S-221 00 Lund.

The application shall be in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English and must include:

  • A personal letter
  • A CV with appendices (max 10 pages of appendices)
  • A complete list of publications
  • A list of the PhD thesis and the three other publications the applicant wants to be considered for assessment (state the DOI code for each publication if one is available)
  • The four publications to be considered for assessment
  • A description of the planned research activities (including a timetable and publication plan) and plans for the future (max 5 pages)
  • A brief summary of teaching activities (such as a list of teaching qualifications, a personal reflection of teaching, a teaching CV (max 3 pages))
  • Other documents the applicant wants to submit for assessment

Please note that documents submitted or drawn up as a result of this vacant employment position (such as applications, expert opinions and minutes) as a general rule are public. The documents may thus (with the exception if a document is classified as confidential) be read upon request.

Terms of employment

The University applies individual salary-setting. You are welcome to state your salary expectations in your application.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-05-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/3245
  • Helena Josefsson, kanslichef, +46462221095,
  • Ulf Maunsbach, prefekt, +46462221120,
  • Titti Mattsson, professor , +46462221024,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
Published 12.Oct.2021
Last application date 23.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET

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