Lund University, The Faculties of Humanities and Theology,

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 46 000 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.

About the subject

The Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University is a multifaceted disciplinary environment for research and higher education, with around 90 employees and approximately 1700 students per year. The Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences runs several research environments and study programmes in the first, second and third cycles, distributed over nine divisions and two specialised centres.


Lund University hereby announces vacancies for three two-year employment positions for postdoctoral research fellows in cultural history perspectives, one specialising in the media, one specialising in aesthetics and one specialising in the study of knowledge and science, all based at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences.

Required qualifications

A person is qualified for employment as a postdoctoral research fellow mainly if they have completed a doctoral degree, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree, no more than three years before taking up the employment position. If they completed their degree more than three years prior to employment, their application is to include certification of parental leave, sick leave, assignment as an elected representative of an employee organisation, military service or similar circumstances, or of duties or assignments of relevance to the subject area.

The positions require good written and oral English language skills. As Swedish is the official language of public authorities including Lund University, the ability to speak Swedish or another Scandinavian language is desirable.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria are a good ability to develop and implement research of high quality, and teaching ability. For employment as a postdoctoral research fellow, research ability will be the main criterion. As grounds for assessment of their qualifications, the applicants are to attach a research plan for the research they intend to implement during their employment. Only applicants whose research plan and previous work are deemed capable of reinforcing the research environment at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences will be considered for employment as postdoctoral research fellows.

Desirable qualifications 

Additional qualifications for employment are a research plan and previous research of clear relevance for, and links to, at least two of the research subjects at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences.

Instructions for application and reserach plan

Applications are to contain the following:

  • a signed, comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) and a certified copy of the applicant’s doctoral degree,
  • a list of publications (including DOI, ISBN or ISSN numbers),
  • a signed research plan of no more than 1500 words (excluding lists of relevant literature) describing the research project that the applicant intends to carry out during their postdoctoral research fellowship and
  • a declaration of intent of no more than 500 words in which the applicant presents their contribution to developing two or more of the department’s research subjects.

The research plan is to specify:

  • the aim and research issue
  • theory and method
  • how the project relates to the international research front including the most internationally significant works in the field
  • a schedule and expected results, and
  • the applicant’s conditions and expertise to successfully complete the project.

N.B: The applicants are responsible for ensuring their application is complete in accordance with the instructions above and that all documents have been scanned and made available to the University through its recruitment portal within the stated application period.


The postdoctoral research fellowships have a fixed term of two years unless special circumstances apply and the positions are for full-time employment pursuant to the “Agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral research fellow” between the labour market parties dated 19 November 2021 (Swedish Agency for Government Employers, Public Employees’ Negotiation Council’s affiliated unions collectively, SACO-S and SEKO employee organisations). The University applies individual salary-setting. Applicants are welcome to state their salary expectations in their application.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-10-01 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 3
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/1210
  • Johanna Johansson,
  • Thomas Kaiserfeld,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Published 31.May.2022
Last application date 31.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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