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.

Description of the workplace

Film Studies is placed in Section 2 at the Centre for Languages and Literature, and is co-organized with Literary Studies, Dramaturgy and Creative Writing. Film studies also collaborates with the subject of Media History at the Department of Communication and Media, and the two subjects jointly run a seminar series and an international Master's Programme. Within the subject, a Swedish-language basic education is provided up to and including Bachelor's level, independent courses in both Swedish and English, as well as the international master's program Film and Media History. For a few years now, the subject has been collaborating with the section Film Studies and Creative Media Industries at the University of Copenhagen. The aim is to jointly create a research environment, concentrated on the study of mainly contemporary Scandinavian film culture in the broadest sense (history, production, reception, distribution, aesthetics and more). The goal is to initiate a larger joint research project with external funding and to create a South Scandinavian research node for film.

Work duties and areas of responsibility

Your main task is to carry out the research plan, presented in the application, focused on some sector of Scandinavian film culture in the broadest sense. The research is carried out in dialogue with other researchers and doctoral students at the department in Lund, as well as to a certain extent with our Danish colleagues. You are expected to present your own research within the framework of our seminar series, but also to be a conversation partner and support for your colleagues' research, not least that of doctoral students. Of particular importance is to contribute your expertise in collaboration with our Danish colleagues around a joint research node. The working hours are flexible, but it is a requirement that you can constantly be in the physical environment in Lund and participate in the daily work.

Teaching, supervision and other administrative duties comprise a maximum of 20 % of the position.


Required qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or an international degree deemed equivalent. This requirement must be fulfilled no later than two months after the application deadline and the applicant is responsible for supplementing his/her application within this time with documentation that proves the completion of the doctoral degree. The supplement should be emailed to Deputy Head of Department Henrik Rahm (for email address see the university's website: The position is a career development post and its purpose is to act as an initial step on a career path. Therefore, the candidate most likely to come into question is one who has completed a doctoral degree no more than three years prior to the last date for applications. If special grounds exist, the degree can have been completed earlier. Special grounds include leave of absence because of illness, parental leave, positions as elected representative in trade union organisations, military service or service/assignments relevant to the subject area. In such cases, certification concerning this is to be submitted in connection with the application.

  • Your doctoral degree must be completed in the subject of Film Studies or within subject deemed equivalent.

  • Good knowledge of the English language and one or more of the Scandinavian languages ​​is a basic requirement.

Assessment criteria

The grounds for assessment are a good ability to develop and conduct high-quality research, and teaching skills. The main criterion for a postdoctoral fellowship is research expertise. As documentation for the assessment of qualifications, applicants are to submit a project plan of the research they intend to carry out during their appointment. Only applicants whose research plan and previous work could strengthen the research team and the project as a whole will be considered for the position of postdoc.

Specific qualifications of additional merit in descending order of importance

  • Previous research in the field of Scandinavian film culture in the broadest sense.
  • Documented scholarly activity after the doctoral degree, such as project applications, completed projects, scientific publications and institutional and editorial assignments.
  • A project plan with relevance to the research field, characterized by equal parts feasibility and innovative thinking.
  • Documented independence as well as good collaboration skills.


The appointment is limited to two years and refers to full-time employment in accordance with the central collective agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral fellow between the Swedish Agency for Government Employers and OFR/S, Saco-S, 19 November 2021.

Lund University is a public authority which means that you receive specific benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension. Read more on the University website about being an employee at Lund University Work at Lund University.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A CV and copy of the Ph.D. degree.
  • A list of publications (including DOI, ISBN or ISSN numbers).
  • A signed plan of no more than 1500 words (not including list of references) of the research project the candidate intends to pursue during the fellowship

The research plan is to contain a description of:

  • Aim and research question.
  • Theory and method.
  • Relation to the international research front including the most important international work in the field of research.
  • Schedule and expected results.
  • The applicant’s qualifications and competence to conduct the project.

The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions above and for submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 February 2024 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2273
  • Henrik Rahm, Assistant Head of Department,
  • Cristine Sarrimo, Head of Section,
  • Lars Gustaf Andersson, Manager of Research,
  • Sofia Kvarnbo, Recruitment Coordinator,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Published 28.Jun.2023
Last application date 14.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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