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 ERC project Conspirations: Conflicts Over Conspiracy Theories.

In recent years, conspiracy theories have become an important issue not only to the people who propagate them, but also to those who fear their consequences and design initiatives to push back against the ‘post-truth’ era. The objective of CONSPIRATIONS is to analyse this growing tension over conspiracy theories in Europe. The project proposes an innovative approach which moves beyond an exclusive focus on ‘truthers’ to examine the perspective of ‘truth defenders’ as well. This approach goes beyond the question of who is wrong and what to do about it. Instead, it offers a deeper understanding of the conflicts themselves, which are clearly of urgent importance for contemporary Europe. The premise of this project is that the answer lies not in addressing the content of the conspiracy theories themselves, but rather the kinds of conditions that give rise to them. The secondary goal is to understand how these conflicts are influenced by social contexts, and how they unfold across diverse European settings. The objectives of this project will be achieved through ethnographic case studies. These doctoral students will conduct case studies in Sweden and Germany respectively.

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.

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
  • cover letter
  • records of first- and second-cycle studies (attested copies of official transcripts of records)
  • documentation of language skills of relevance for the research studies
  • first- and second-cycle theses/degree projects
  • any scholarly publications
  • project proposal (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 October 2023
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/1216
  • Kristina Arnrup Thorsbro, Faculty Secretary,
  • Moa Petersén, Deputy Head of Department,
  • Elzbieta Drazkiewicz, Project Manager,
  • Lars-Eric Jönsson, Professor,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
Published 21.Apr.2023
Last application date 21.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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