LUSEM, Department of Business Administration

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 Business Administration is announcing one to two PhD candidate positions in the field of finance (transition finance) with a focus on sustainability transformation and sustainable development (biodiversity) in business and the financial market. Research with this focus aims to contribute with empirical studies in the field as well as increased theoretical knowledge and general understanding of how companies and the financial market work with biodiversity and how this work can be improved so that biodiversity considerations are integrated in financial-decision making. The PhD candidate is also expected to contribute to the development of innovative tools and practices that promote the sustainability transformation of business and the financial market.

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, four years fulltime studies. The initial appointment is for one year, which is then renewed for no more than two years at a time.

Location: Department of Business Administration, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund

Work tasks

Regulations concerning appointment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1–7 §§ and SFS 1998:80. For appointment to the position, the applicant is required to be eligible for admission to the doctoral (PhD) programme in Business Administration.

As a doctoral student you will mainly be working with your research project, but you can also be given more general tasks at the department, e.g. teaching, research or administrative work, in accordance with the regulations. Rules for employment as a doctoral student are stated in The Higher Education Ordnance (SFS 1998:80), Chapter 5.

The two PhD candidate positions are financed through the research programme BIOPATH, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research Mistra. You will be part of a vibrating and interdisciplinary research environment involving several other PhD candidates, postdocs and senior researchers from different faculties and universities. You are expected to actively contribute to research within the programme’s different focus areas individually as well as in collaboration with other researchers. The focus areas include:

  • Existing sustainability related (biodiversity) policies, initiatives, tools and practices among businesses and financial market
  • Novel tools and practices to strengthen and accelerate the sustainability performance within businesses and financial market
  • Testing and assessing of the developed tools and practices together with researchers and external partners within the research programme to promote an efficient sustainability transformation

 Eligibility/Entry requirements

To be qualified the applicant must, at the time of application, hold either a master’s degree or have completed 240 ECTS credits of university studies. Of these at least 90 credits must be accomplished in a subject relevant to the third cycle study programme, including a degree project relevant to the research studies, equivalent to at least 15 credits. A person may also meet the specific entry requirements if he or she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Basis of Assessment

The applicants will be assessed on the basis of their prospects of meeting the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD) in Business Administration.

Particular emphasis will be based on the following:

  • Academic results, particularly on the Master’s level.
  • Bachelor’s and master’s theses (with special importance attached to the master’s thesis).
  • Relevance and viability of the research plan.
  • Other results and distinctions which attest to the applicant’s ability to profit from the doctoral programme.

Type of employment

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

Application Procedure

Your application should be written in English and contain the following documents:

  • A complete application form (
  • Letter of introduction
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages
  • Degree certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  • Copy of your Master’s thesis, and, where appropriate, your Bachelor’s thesis.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of certificates and copies of any other documents that you wish to include in your application.

All submitted documents must be attested as to their authenticity.

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-10-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/2368
  • Susanne Arvidsson,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 30.Jun.2022
Last application date 01.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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