Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences ,

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 department seeks to strengthen its consumption research profile. We welcome high-quality applications with an explicit social science approach to consumption. The proposed research should relate to areas where the department has a strong track record, e.g. sustainable consumption, circular consumption or digitalization and consumption. Applications should be grounded in consumption issues with high societal relevance.

The successful candidates will be part of the research group Consumption, Marketing & Retail (more information on the research group here, 


As a doctoral student your main obligation is to complete your PhD studies, which primarily includes an independently written doctoral thesis. The position may involve departmental duties, mainly in the form of teaching, up to 20 per cent of fulltime working hours, in which case the appointment will be extended by the equivalent number of hours. 

The doctoral student will have access to a workplace at the Department of Service Studies, Campus Helsingborg. The doctoral student must be present at the department and actively participate in the research and teaching environment.


The general syllabus and other information about the PhD programme in Service Studies is available at 

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree, have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

Students meets the specific entry requirements if he or she has completed course requirements of at least 30 credits in social sciences at second-cycle level, in main subjects such as service management, business administration, human geography or sociology, or has acquired equivalent knowledge. The applicant must also have completed an independent degree project of at least 15 credits at second-cycle level.

Assessment criteria

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

The applicants will be ranked based on an overall assessment of the quality of their submitted degree projects and papers, research proposal, grades from previous studies, relevant work experience, and personal suitability.  As doctoral studies in Service Studies are very demanding, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently under time pressure. Proficiency in both written and spoken English is also a requirement.

The following qualifications are considered a merit:

  • proficiency in writing and speaking a Scandinavian language,
  • a strong interest in consumption issues documented through previous work with sustainable consumption, circular consumption, digitization and consumption, for example through a degree paper,
  • interest in contributing to teaching at the Department of Service Studies and working with students,
  • documented ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary research environment,
  • previous experience of publishing.

A limited number of applicants will be asked to provide a written work sample during the final stages of the admission process, after which a shortlisted number of applicants will be called to interview.

Type of employment

Fixed-term employment for four years in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Section 7.

Application procedure

Applications are to be submitted electronically via the Lund University application portal. The application must include (incomplete applications vill not be considered):

  1. a letter of introduction in Swedish or English, of maximum 1000 words, containing a short presentation of yourself as an applicant and your qualifications, as well as a brief description of why you are interested in the doctoral programme in Service Studies at Lund University,
  2. a brief draft of the research proposal in Swedish or English, comprising a maximum of 2,000 words including references, containing a description of a research area and research problem, purpose and possible research questions, as well as method/s and a plan for the study,
  3. a curriculum vitae in Swedish or English that demonstrates your qualifications for doctoral studies in Service Studies,
  4. a degree and grades certificate in Swedish or English,
  5. a master’s thesis, i.e., a degree project in Swedish or English, corresponding to at least 15 credits at second cycle level in service management, business administration, human geography, sociology or another discipline deemed equivalent,
  6. names and contact details of two reference persons,
  7. other documentation of relevance to the position. 
Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2024-09-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Helsingborg
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/216
  • Maria Fuentes, +4642356663
  • Anna Borg, +46462224806
  • Mattias Wengelin, +4642356657
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 24.Jan.2024
Last application date 04.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET

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