Lund University, The Faculties of HT, Department of 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.

Description of the workplace

The Department of History comprises three disciplines – History, Human Rights Studies and East and Southeast Asian Studies – and has more than 80 teachers and researchers. The department hosts a well-established, vibrant and internationally oriented research environment devoted to the history of knowledge, the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK) (see This centre consists of about fifteen active researchers and has many international networks and collaborative projects. Chronologically, the centre’s research covers both early modern history and modern history/contemporary history.

We offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.

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Work duties and areas of responsibility 

We are looking for a researcher in the history of knowledge with a focus on the history of the knowledge society. The focus on the history of the knowledge society means that we emphasize the societal dimension of the history of knowledge. It is important that the applicant can demonstrate that his or her research can contribute to overall discussions regarding the history of the knowledge society, and that the proposed project is formulated in relation to larger social, political, economic or cultural processes in the past. We welcome applications regardless of time period and geographical focus.

The main task of the researcher is to carry out independent research of high international standard, but you will also in more general terms contribute to the development of the research at LUCK. This may involve, for example, organising seminars, workshops or inviting guests. We expect you to have a high and frequent physical presence at the department. A particular task for you is to contribute to the development of research on the history of the knowledge society.


Eligible for employment as a researcher is anyone who, no more than five years before the deadline for application, has completed a doctoral degree or a degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. If there are special reasons – parental leave, illness, etc. – the doctoral degree may have been obtained earlier. In such cases, proof of these reasons must be submitted with the application.

A very good knowledge of English is required.

Additional qualifications for the position are:

  • A doctoral degree (or equivalent) in a subject with a historical focus
  • The ability to formulate fruitful scholarly questions on the history of the knowledge society that can contribute to the development of the history of knowledge
  • Good, documented knowledge of the history of knowledge as a field, including its contemporary international research debates
  • Independence, collaborative skills and scholarly curiosity
  • Experience in developing research environments and collaborations, for example by organising workshops or editing publications.

Assessment criteria

The basis for assessment is scholarly merits and the ability to develop and conduct research of high international quality on the history of knowledge, with an emphasis on the history of the knowledge society. The assessment is based on the submitted documents and a possible interview. Only applicants whose project plan and previous work can strengthen the research environment will be considered for this position.

Further information

The position is 75% of full-time for 9 months, with the first day of employment on 1 September 2023.

How to apply

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

A signed curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages). A certified copy of the applicant’s PhD degree certificate. A cover letter (max. 1 page). A project plan (max. 3 pages, including references) describing both the specific research to be carried out and illustrating how this project can enrich the research at the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge A complete list of publications with the five 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 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 Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 2023-09-01
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 75
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/815
  • Lina Sturfelt, Head of the Department,
  • Johan Östling, professor,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 14.Mar.2023
Last application date 17.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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