Lunds universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten,

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 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.

What we offer the successful candidate

Do you want to define the future research frontier of the social sciences through research leadership based on pioneering basic research? If so, we offer you the opportunity to start as an associate senior lecturer at Lund University. We are looking for a promising researcher who can build and lead a research group within one of the following themes:

  • Climate change and societal processes (placed at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Science)
  • Sustainable retailing and consumption (placed at the Department of Service Studies)
  • Legal mobilization & access to justice (placed at the Sociology of Law Department )
  • Cultural criminology (placed at the Department of Sociology)
  • Comparative political ecology (placed at the Department of Human Geography)
  • Threats and security in a changing world (placed at the Department of Political Science)

You will be able to develop your qualifications as a researcher and teacher over a period of (4) years and can then apply for promotion to permanent employment as a senior lecturer.

You will receive five weeks of training in teaching and learning in higher education and also get the opportunity to learn Swedish through the University’s Swedish language courses for new international staff. We offer you support for the move to Sweden. If you have a family, they will find new contacts and support through Lund’s International Citizen Hub.

In Sweden and Europe there are many opportunities for funding pioneering research. Lund university will provide support in developing your grant applications. One of the largest private funders of scientific research in Europe is the Wallenberg Foundations, which funds a Swedish programme of excellence for international researchers, the Wallenberg Academy Fellows (WAF). Our ambition is for you to be nominated in February 2025 as one of Lund university’s candidates for the WAF. If you receive a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship, Lund university will match the amount awarded by the Wallenberg Foundation.

Read more about the Wallenberg Academy Fellows programme:

About the Wallenberg Academy Fellows programme (in Swedish):

Duties – what we expect from you
As an associate senior lecturer, you will have the chance to apply a long-term focus on the challenging research questions you are passionate about. To gain the qualifications to become a senior lecturer, you also need to develop your teaching expertise during your period as an associate senior lecturer and demonstrate that you have good collaboration skills regarding wider society. And, of course, you will also participate in the department’s everyday work and development. The position is comprised of 70 percent research and 30 percent teaching.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is working to expand its expertise in social and behavioural science methods through the establishment of the Social Science Methods Centre. We expect the successful candidate to contribute to the centre by bridging basic social science research and creative and cross-border methods, thereby enriching specific research environments and strengthening the Faculty as a whole.

Qualifications for employment as an associate senior lecturer
You hold a doctoral degree or have corresponding research expertise in one of the following subjects, Sustainability Science, Service Studies, Sociology, Sociology of Law, Human Geography, Political Science. We will primarily prioritise those applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree after 15 February 2019. If there are documented special grounds, such as parental leave, military service or illness, after graduating that have prevented you from working as a researcher, the doctoral degree in the subject can in such cases have been awarded earlier.

Requirements – what you must have in order to carry out duties
We hope that one of your first duties will be to conduct an innovative basic research project that is funded by the Wallenberg Foundations in Sweden. Therefore, we are seeking those who have: 

  • A good ability to initiate, develop and implement high-quality research 
  • Teaching ability 
  • Recent and relevant experience from research outside Sweden 
  • Have or have had a postdoctoral appointment.
  • A project description for an innovative project within basic research in any of the above mentioned themes
  • Documented good leadership skills, e.g. through elected office assignments, leadership courses and assessed leadership skills /expertise-based requirements
  • Good communication skills /expertise-based requirements
  • Very good oral and written English language skills 
  • Good motivation and the ability to learn new languages

Additional qualifications – other credentials that we consider desirable  
We very much want you to thrive at Lund University and be able to make the best of your time at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and for that reason we consider it preferable if you can also demonstrate that you: 

  • Contribute in a positive way to the work environment 
  • Have obtained research funding from funding bodies outside Sweden 
  • Have a multi-year international appointment within the field of research, without salary or scholarship from Sweden during that period 
  • Possess other credentials that make it easier to rapidly acclimatise to the job 

Many of our employees are men and we would like to include more women in order to bring different perspectives into the research. For this reason, we particularly encourage women to apply!

Promotion – what is required to be promoted to senior lecturer

When you are an associate senior lecturer, you can apply for promotion to permanent employment as a senior lecturer. You will undergo a special assessment process to determine if you fulfil the faculty’s requirements for employment as a senior lecturer. It is important for you to know that you can only apply once for promotion and that you must apply for promotion at least six months before your employment as an associate senior lecturer ends. When you apply for promotion, you will be assessed based on whether you have: 

  • Developed within your field during your time as an associate senior lecturer
  • Well-documented research expertise. This includes a proven high standard as a researcher. Special emphasis will be placed on international publication. 
  • Well-documented teaching expertise. Special emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s proven ability to conduct teaching and supervision at various levels of study, and that how the quality and breadth of their teaching have developed over time. 
  • Teacher training to the extent required for appointment as senior lecturer.In the assessment of qualifications for a senior lectureship, equal attention will be paid to the applicant’s teaching and research expertise. 
  • Progress in academic leadership through an increased ability to develop, manage and conduct education and research and/or demonstrated commitment/leadership in university-wide duties.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to contribute to departmental activities.
  • Documented ability to draft applications for external research funding. 
  • Good ability to interact with wider society and to inform about research and development work. 
  • Swedish proficiency to the degree necessary for performing regular tasks involved in research, education and administration.

Applications are to be made electronically via Lund University's applications portal by the 15th of February 2024.
The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete, in accordance with the vacancy announcement and instructions, and for submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal.
It is to be designed in accordance with the instructions of the Faculty of Social Sciences, which can be accessed on the Faculty website ( or received from recruitment manager Anders Kirchner ( 
The application should also include the research publications the applicant would like to have considered (no more than three).

Form of employment

Fixed-term position, 4 years, in accordance with Chapter 4, Section 12a of the Higher Education Ordinance, with the opportunity for promotion to permanent employment as a senior lecturer.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund/Helsingborg
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/3800
  • Anders Kirchner, +46462227206
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 30.Nov.2023
Last application date 15.Feb.2024 11:59 PM CET

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