Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences ,

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.

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The doctoral candidate program amounts to 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time study). It formally ends with the doctoral candidate publicly defending his/her printed doctoral thesis. The holder of a doctoral position has as primary obligation to successfully fulfil the third cycle education ending with a PhD degree. Regulations concerning appointment as a full-time doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§. 

The holder of a doctoral position is expected to participate actively in the research and teaching environment of the department and may have to perform departmental duties, above all teaching, amounting to about 20 per cent of full time. 

The holder of the position should direct research to the fields of human geography, preferably connected to ongoing research activities at the department (for further information see: More information on the PhD program at the Department of Human Geography is available at

Eligibility/Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for third cycle studies an applicant must
• Have been awarded a second cycle degree

• Have completed studies the equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at the second cycle level, or 

• Have acquired comparable qualifications in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

In addition to the requirements described above the specific entry requirements for the PhD program in Human Geography is a Master’s degree in Human Geography, or other relevant discipline. The applicant must also have proficiency in spoken and written English corresponding to English B from Swedish upper secondary school. The assessment will be based on national guidelines. 

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD studies may be appointed to doctoral candidate positions. When an appointment to such a position is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral positions may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance. 

Basis of Assessment:

In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, paragraph 5, particular emphasis for admission shall be placed upon the applicant’s ability to successfully complete PhD studies, as indicated by academic qualifications and merits. The research plan as well as previously written theses and publications are important indicators of ability. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also of great importance.


The application must contain:
• Motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree (max. 250 words in type-in box).

• Outline of proposed research and why it is important (max. 500 words in type-in box).

• Motivation for how the proposed research engages with human-geographical theory/methodology and debates/problem (max. 500 words in type-in box).

• Name and contact information of 2-3 personal references (in type-in box).

• Curriculum vitae (one pdf-format file).

• Copies of examination certificates and grades (one pdf-format file).

Selected candidates will subsequently be asked to supplement their application with a concise research proposal and an example of written academic work, typically a master’s thesis.

The application must be in English and entered into the Lund University job application portal.

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

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment September 2022
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/679
  • Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Lecturer, +462228410,
  • Natalie Nyman, HR coordinator, +46-2226897,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46-2229366
Published 09.Mar.2022
Last application date 03.Apr.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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