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Description of the workplace

The Department of History is a large department encompassing three subjects: History, Human Rights and East and South-East Asian Studies. The Department also has a large doctoral education programme, including a National Graduate School in Historical Studies. The research in history broadly focuses on cultural history. In terms of chronology, the research extends from the early Middle Ages to the present day with an inclination towards the early modern period and the 1900s. A large part of the research focuses on international and global history as well as the history of knowledge.

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Work duties and areas of responsibility

We are now seeking 2 researchers to write research applications with the aim to strengthen the research environment.

The research applications will generally be directed at the Swedish Research Council’s calls for applications for project grants in the spring of 2024, however, there may be other relevant funding bodies, and, in this case, they are to be specified. Any external funds awarded as a result of the applications written within the scope of the positions are expected to be allocated to the Subject of History, Department of History at Lund University.

The positions will be connected to two of the following specializations. These specializations are part of the department´s aim at building strong research environments. All three specializations have recently been awarded grants and the announcement of research positions is part of this long-term investment.

International and global history

Research in the field of international and global history at Lund covers the period from the 16th century and up to the present.

Property and livelihood

Research in the field of property and livelihood at Lund covers the period from the 17th century and up to the present.

Digital history

Digital history includes analysing born-digital materials, research using digital tools as well as research on processes and consequences of digitization.

Regardless of specialization you will for the duration of the 3-months be supported by colleagues connected to the relevant research environment. You are expected to:

  1. conduct a pilot study which will be part of the research application.
  2. write a research application directed at the Swedish Research Council’s (or similar) calls for applications for project grants in the spring of 2024.
  3. be an active participant in relevant seminars and other activities. 


Requirements for employment are:

Appointment to a position as a researcher requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, completed no more than twelve years before the application deadline. Under special circumstances – parental leave, illness or similar – the PhD may have been completed earlier. A certificate supporting these reasons is to be submitted with the application. 

Appointment to a position as a researcher will not be given to an applicant who has a permanent position at a university.

If the applicant’s native language is not a Scandinavian language, very good and documented English language skills are required.

Additional qualifications for the position are:

Special consideration will be given to applicants with a PhD (or equivalent) in history.

Assessment criteria

Applicants must have academic qualifications and a good ability to develop and carry out research of high international quality. A documented ability to obtain external research funding is an additional qualification. Assessments are made based on the documentation received and a potential interview.

Further information

The positions are full-time for three months, with the first day of employment on 1 October 2023, at the latest.

How to apply

Applications are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English and must include the following:

  1. A signed curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages).
  2. A certified copy of the applicant’s PhD degree certificate.
  3. A cover letter (max. 1 page).
  4. A project proposal (max. 2 pages) describing the specific research project on which the applicant’s formulation of their research application text will be based. The project proposal should also specify to which funding bodies the applicant plans to direct their research application.
  5. A complete list of publications with five of the most important scholarly publications marked with asterisks (including the PhD thesis).

No publications are to be attached to the application. At a later stage of the process, the applicant may be asked to submit the five most significant publications (including the PhD thesis).

N.B. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions above and that everything is scanned (as an attached PFD file) and submitted to the University by the application deadline.




Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-10-01 or by agreement
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/510
  • Lina Sturfelt, Head of Department,
  • Svante Norrhem, Senior Lecturer,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
Published 15.Feb.2023
Last application date 08.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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