Lund University School of Economics and Management, Dept 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.

The Department of Economic History announces one or more limited-duration position/s as a postdoctoral fellow (two years). First day of employment is January 1, 2023 or by agreement.

Subject area

Economic History

Job assignments

A postdoctoral position is a position that shall provide opportunities for teaching and research qualifications. The position shall first and foremost provide scope for developing research qualifications.

The holder will conduct independent research in Economic History. She/he must be willing to interact with the students and to participate actively in the common activities of the Department of Economic History. The position involves a limited amount of teaching and/or supervision of Bachelor and Master's Theses (maximum of 20%). The scope of the position shall also provide an opportunity for training in teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to at least three weeks.


To be qualified for employment as a postdoctoral fellow, the candidate must hold a PhD, or an international degree equivalent to a PhD, in Economic History or related discipline (e.g. Economics, Sociology, Economic Geography, History).

The candidates who received their PhD degree at most three years ago will be considered in the first place.

If there are special reasons, the degree may have been taken earlier. Special reasons are illness, parental leave, positions of trust within trade unions, and service in the total defense, and other similar circumstances.

Applications will also be accepted from persons who have not yet completed their PhD, but this condition must be satisfied at the time of the decision of employment.

Basis of Assessment

Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for employment, but teaching skills are also assessed.

The holder of the position should be competent and experienced enough to be able to carry out independent research in Economic History.

For appointment, the candidate must have demonstrated a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of the PhD dissertation, working papers and publications, and the independently formulated research plan that must be included in the application.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

  • International experience.
  • Other results and distinctions which attest to the applicant's ability to do research.
  • Ability to engage and inform society at large about research.

The evaluation will take the experience, knowledge and other personal qualities into consideration. The applicants’ ability to use their skills and experience to strengthen and supplement existing research activities within the Department of Economic History will also be considered.


Applications should be written in English and must include:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Research plan, maximum three pages.
  4. Publication list and one selected paper (publication or working paper, as web link or PDF).
  5. Certificates, etc., including proof of PhD

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

The Department of Economic History is a research-intensive department that employs about 100 people: researchers, teachers, technical/administrative staff, and Ph.D. candidates. The department has a large PhD programme and co-ordinates three international Master programmes. The Department has a well established reputation for wide-ranging research with an emphasis on long-term processes, and with economic theory and quantitative methods as important methodological tools. Strong research areas at the department include economic growth and structural change, innovation, energy and sustainability, development economics, and economic demography, as well as financial history and education and the labour market. More information is available at the Department’s website:

Lund University is a government agency, which means that you receive special benefits, generous vacation and a favourable occupational pension. Wellness reimbursement and a paid wellness hour are a given.

Read more on the University's website about being employed at Lund University: Work at Lund University.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January 1, 2023, or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/2150
  • Mats Olsson, Head of Department, +46462223118
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +4646-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +4646-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +4646-2229366
Published 01.Jun.2022
Last application date 08.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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