Lund University, The Faculties of Humanities and Theology,

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 PhD position is placed within the multidisciplinary international project The Evolution of Minds: 325 million years of intelligence studied with neuroscience, cognitive zoology and paleontology. The PhD position is in cognitive science in the Cognitive Zoology group, but the candidate will collaborate with international neuroanatomists and paleontologists. The project aims at exploring evolutionary principles of cognition by studying the Sauropsida lineage with living animals, their brains and with fossils of extinct species.

The PhD project will investigate the cognition in palaeognath birds, crocodilians and various non-archosaur reptiles. The studies will focus on fundamental cognitive functions such as behavioural inhibition, object cognition, memory and learning.

The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council (Interdisciplinary Research Environment Grant) and led from the department.


Information about doctoral studies at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology can be found at


Work assignments

Doctoral education. Departmental work, such as teaching and administrative tasks, can be assigned.


Admission requirements

Admission requirements for doctoral studies in each subject are specified in the relevant general syllabus, available at

Additional requirements:

- A thesis on master level, or its equivalent, in animal cognition or an adjacent field, or a scientific paper within the discipline.

- Documented scientific work experience with either non-archosaur reptiles, crocodilians or palaeognath birds.

A background that, except from cognitive science, also includes either neuroanatomy or paleontology is meritorious. A background in cognitive science with focus on any of the above-mentioned taxa is particularly meritorious.


Assessment criteria

The selection process will primarily take into account the applicants’ ability to benefit from third cycle studies. This is assessed against the criteria quality, quantity, progression and relevance.


The application must include:

- records of first- and second-cycle studies (attested copies of official transcripts of records)

- first- and second-cycle theses/degree projects

- a list of other relevant administrative and educational qualifications

- scholarly journal articles, reports or papers of relevance for the subject

- where applicable, documented skills in a language of relevance for the research studies

- project proposal (1500 words max. excluding references)


Please note that you need to upload all documents (theses/degree projects, articles, project plan etc.) with your application, in the pdf-format.


Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/620
  • Mathias Osvath, Project Manager,
  • Tobias Hansson Wahlberg, assistant Head of Dptmnt,
  • Kristina Arnrup Thorsbro, Faculty Officer,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
Published 01.Mar.2022
Last application date 01.Apr.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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