Lund University, LUSEM, Department of Economic History

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.

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.

Lund University 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.

Assigned duties

Those appointed to doctoral studentship shall primarily devote themselves to their studies, aimed to result in a doctoral degree. Work carried out during the studentship consists of participation in research projects as well as successful participation in postgraduate (third-cycle) courses. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may also work, to a limited extent, with educational tasks and administration at the Department of Economic History. However, duties of this kind may not comprise of more than 20 percent of a full time post.

The PhD position is linked to the research program ‘Women in science and technology: career impediments and the child penalty’ (WINST), funded by FORTE 2021-2027. The program is an international collaboration involving researchers based in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Eligibility / Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she has:

  • Been awarded a second-cycle degree; or
  • Satisfied the requirements for courses comprising of at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle; or
  • Acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

(Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 39)

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

Other requirements

A proficient level of English is required in both written and oral communication.

Basis of assessment

Admittance of a doctoral student is based on an assessment of the candidate’s ability to benefit from third-cycle studies, see the general syllabus for third-cycle studies, available at

The applicant’s ability to benefit from third-cycle studies and research will primarily be assessed on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle.

Applicant’s general competence:

  • Quality and content of previous written work, such as a Master’s thesis.
  • Ability to participate actively in the Department’s research environment.
  • Ability to participate actively in the research program across national boundaries (see below)
  • Ability to perform independent scientific work.
  • Skills and knowledge in statistics and econometrics.
  • Experience or interest in working with large individual-level databases.
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication.
  • Relevant educational background, for example in economic history, economics, sociology, or research policy.
  • Other relevant experiences for third-cycle education, such as work experience.

General information about the research program and the PhD project

The aim of the program is to examine the careers of women and men in science and technology with the use of micro (register) data. Our goal is to investigate patterns in scientific and inventive careers and highlight factors that create gender differences in such paths (e.g., family background, fertility, educational choices, resources). We will look at people’s career advances and productivity in terms of quantity and quality of scientific and inventive output. The student will be supervised by the senior faculty involved in the project and use large-scale micro data to track people’s careers in science and technology. Thus, interest in, and ideally experience of such data and methods is highly valued.

The PhD student will be placed in Lund, Sweden where the program is hosted. The program is international where we are also hiring 1-2 PhD students in Finland (HANKEN school of business and/or Aalto University) and a Postdoc in Denmark (Copenhagen Business School). The student in Sweden will work on Swedish data, but if opportunities arise s/he can also be expected to work cross-country with the partner universities. To facilitate this type of work, the student will use travel funds as part of the project.

More information about the program can be found at, or directly from the project leader (contact details below).

Terms of employment

Fixed-term employment, maximum four years (fulltime studies).

Only those admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may beappointed to doctoral student.

For regulations concerning employment of doctoral students etc, see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.

Application procedure

Please use Lund University job application portal when applying: work-at-lund-university

The application must be written in English.

The application should contain:

  • Personal letter in which the applicant gives a short description of him/herself and his/her research interests and its relevance for the project, maximum 3 pages.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Grade transcripts.
  • Master thesis or similar degree projects.
  • If appropriate, documented language skills relevant for third-cycle studies.
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to submit.

The applicant is encouraged to name a maximum of two teachers or researchers who can give recommendation letters, but we do not consider recommendation letters with the application.

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-08-22
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/930
  • Projektledare, Professor Olof Ejermo, +46462229650,
  • Studierektor för forskarutbildningen, Professor El, 046 2227486,
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 21.Mar.2022
Last application date 01.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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