Lund University, The Faculties of Humanities and Theology,

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.

The doctoral programme
The doctoral student will be part of the doctoral school Early Languages, Digital Philology (DigPhil)

The doctoral school is a national collaboration with Uppsala University and Stockholm University. In total, ten doctoral students will be employed at the three universities. The admitted doctoral students will have two joint courses of 7.5 credits, joint seminar activities and otherwise follow the study plans that apply in each subject at the concerned university.

The aim of DigPhil is to create a strong and state-of-the-art doctoral research environment in early languages (up to and including the eighteenth century), educating modern philologists who are well aware of the disciplinary traditions but also have solid competence in language technology. The doctoral school broadly defines philology as the integrated study of languages and texts in their historical contexts. Philology continues a tradition founded in the Library of Alexandria in the third century BCE and consists in a dynamic and cross-disciplinary interaction between textual criticism and book history, historical linguistics, various forms of textual analysis (metrics, rhetoric, narratology etc.) and hermeneutics. Digital methods and tools can be developed and applied in all of these areas, e.g. using AI to restore fragmentary texts, making use of computational approaches in comparative historical linguistics, performing automized stylometry or narrative analysis, or reading and extracting facts from texts with data-mining methods.

The working language in DigPhil will be English. 

For more information, see

The doctoral student will be admitted to one of the following subjects:

  • French Studies
  • Greek
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin
  • Literature
  • Scandinavian Languages
  • Modern Greek
  • Semitic Languages

Information about doctoral studies at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology can be found at

Work assignments
Doctoral education. Departmental work, such as teaching and administrative tasks, can be assigned.

Admission requirements
Admission requirements for doctoral studies in each subject are specified in the relevant general syllabus, available at

Assessment criteria
The selection process will primarily take into account the applicants’ ability to benefit from third cycle studies. This is assessed against the criteria quality, quantity, progression and relevance.

In addition, the planned doctoral project must fall within the scope of the doctoral school – philologically and digitally – and be described in the project plan that is to be included in the application (see below). The evaluation of the project plan will be made on the basis of the four criteria of the Swedish Research Council: the scientific quality of the project, originality, the applicant’s competence, and feasibility.

Instructions for applying for a doctoral student position can be found here:

The application must include:

  • CV/list of qualifications including relevant administrative and educational qualifications
  • a letter of intent containing a short description of the candidate and saying which subject they wish to be accepted in: French Studies, Greek, Italian Studies, Latin, Literature, Scandinavian Languages, Modern Greek Studies, or Semitic Languages (maximum one page)
  • records of first- and second-cycle studies (attested copies of official transcripts of records)
  • documentation of language skills of relevance for the research studies; we particularly ask the applicants to indicate their level of English, preferably by documented level of English proficiency
  • first- and second-cycle theses/degree projects; if the theses are authored in another language than English, the applicant should present an English summary of 3–5 pages
  • any scholarly publications
  • a tentative project plan which (i) states a research question which falls within the scope of the doctoral school and the chosen subject described above, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) places the expected results in relation to the current state of research (1500 words max. excluding references).

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

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 1st January 2024
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 3
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/1214
  • Kristina Arnrup Thorsbro, Faculty Secretary,
  • Mari Bacquin, Director of Doctoral School,
  • Henrik Rahm, Deputy Head of Department,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
Published 25.Apr.2023
Last application date 07.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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