Lund University, Dep. of Archaeology & Ancient 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.

Workplace description/subject area

Historical Archaeology covers the period from the Late Iron Age and Viking Age through the Middle Ages and the early modern period all the way up to the present day. The subject methodologically deals with the relationship between material culture, images and writing, and includes comparisons with other archaeological research traditions around the world that also operate at the intersection between object, text and image. This allows for an integrated global perspective in our research. Historical Archaeology in Lund is primarily focused on the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe, but also makes comparisons globally.

Work duties

The position involves teaching and research in the field of historical archaeology as well as the supervision of doctoral students. The postholder is responsible for the development of teaching, third-cycle education and research within the subject. The successful candidate is also expected to be able to teach in the first and second cycles across the entire chronological spectrum, from the Late Iron Age to the modern era, with a particular focus on the Nordic countries and Europe.

The position includes responsibility as head of subject for the Division of Historical Archaeology, collaboration with other subjects and units within and beyond the faculty such as MAX IV and collaboration with contract archaeology and the museum sector, particularly in Sweden. Actively applying for external grants and participating in the administrative work of the department is seen as a given part of the work. The holder of the post is to be able to take on academic management assignments as required.

The holder of the position is expected to be able to teach in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian within two years.

Required qualifications

A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise is qualified for employment as a professor. For a position as professor, training in teaching and learning in higher education of at least five weeks is required, or equivalent knowledge that has been acquired in another way. If there are valid reasons, for example that the applicant has lacked opportunities to acquire the requisite knowledge in their former positions, an appointment can still be made. In such cases, the appointee is to complete the required training in teaching and learning in higher education within the first two years of employment, thereby fulfilling the requirement.

Additional requirements for the position

  • A PhD or equivalent research expertise or other professional expertise of relevance to the subject matter and the duties of the position.
  • Experience of working at the historic-archaeological confluence of objects, text and images in a European context.
  • The ability to teach in English.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

  • Very good research, teaching, administrative and other skills of significance with reference to the subject area and work duties of the position, as well as other personal abilities of significance for successfully carrying out these duties.
  • Very good research qualifications including a very good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • A very high level of teaching skill, including a very good ability to conduct, develop and lead educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods
  • A good ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • A good ability to engage with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

In the assessment of qualifications, teaching and research expertise receive equal consideration.

Specific qualifications of additional merit

  • Proven ability to initiate, lead and carry out large research projects.
  • Proven ability to obtain external research funding in competition.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with contract archaeology and the museum sector.
  • Proven ability to lead and develop teaching activities.
  • Documented, well-established international network.
  • Documented experience of research in the subject that deals with a Nordic context.

Instructions for the application

The application must conform to the instructions that can be downloaded at The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete, in accordance with the vacancy announcement and instructions, and for submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal.

The Academic Appointments Board normally selects a shortlist of applicants. This selection can be done in one or several steps and if needed with the help of external experts. The applicants who are selected for external assessment may be invited to submit physical copies of the papers that they wish to submit for expert assessment within 14 days.

The applicants called to trial lectures and interviews can be asked to supplement their application with a brief plan of the activities they plan to carry out within the framework of potential employment, with a particular focus on how the environment can be developed and which collaborations they intend to establish or further develop locally, nationally and internationally.

Information about the recruitment process is available here: 


The university applies individual salary setting.


The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University is one of the oldest and largest archaeology departments in Sweden. We provide a lively environment for research and teaching and have done so since 1805.
The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History conducts research and education in four subjects: archeology, classical archaeology and ancient history, historical archeology, and historical osteology. The subjects have different backgrounds with respect to history of ideas and are working partly with different source materials, methods and theoretical perspectives. This is a strength for both teaching and research. Our students often combine studies in our different subjects in their exams.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 January 2025 or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/3625
  • Henrik Gerding, assistant Head of Department,
  • Sofia Kvarnbo, Faculty Coordinator,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Published 03.Feb.2023
Last application date 17.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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