Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakultetens bibliotek

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 Faculty of Social Sciences' newly established Methods Centre is looking for at least one research engineer for a temporary position.

Description of the workplace

At Lund Social Sciences Methods Centre, we work with the application and development of social science research methods. We encourage and grow through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. The Method Centre is organized as an umbrella organization and builds on four pillars: Qualitative methods; Experimental methods; Computational Social Science, as well as Skill School (

What we offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. We also have a flexitime agreement that provides good conditions for work/life balance.

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Work duties and areas of responsibility

As a research engineer, you will provide support to the faculty's researchers who either have ongoing research projects that include relevant methods, or are interested in expanding their method skills within the method center's various parts. You will be located at the Faculty of Social Sciences' library in Lund, which forms a hub for the support functions related to research and education.

The work duties are varied as they involve supporting ongoing research within several different ongoing research projects. Some focus will be on an ongoing project at the Center for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) which aims to analyze power relations within the world's agriculture and food systems (ERC project "PERENNIAL"). Central to the tasks is to contribute to combining social science theory with quantitative data and analysis methods. You will also participate in various educational efforts, such as courses or workshops aimed at researchers, in quantitative analysis methods and data management. These may be held together with different colleagues at the faculty.


The requirements for the position are:

  • Social science education at master's level with a clear quantitative profile, alternatively social science education at master's level combined with education in quantitative methods from e.g. mathematics, systems science or computer science.
  • Good skills in using quantitative analysis tools within one or more of the following methods; statistical methods, geoinformatics (including spatial econometrics), AI methods (e.g. NLP and Topic Modelling), visualization methods, as well as machine learning and online data collection (experiments, surveys).
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English.

You need to have excellent ability to work in a team and be goal- and result-oriented. The work also requires that you have problem-solving analytical skills and can work independently, structured and carefully. Interest and ability to learn and apply new methods and working methods is also a requirement. You should also have a high degree of integrity, motivation and flexibility at work.

Additional merits for the position are:

  • Good programming skills (eg R and/or Python).

Further information

The employment is a temporary position for 12 months and is full time (100 %).  Expected starting date is September 1, 2024 or according to agreement.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the University's recruitment system. The application should include a CV and a personal letter justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications. Master's thesis in the relevant subject area must be attached. The application should also include a degree certificate or equivalent as well as any other documents that you wish to refer to (copies of grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.).

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Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2024-09-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1889
  • Professor Robert Klemmensen (metodcentrum),
  • Professor Åsa Lundqvist (metodcentrum),
  • Professor Lennart Olsson (LUCSUS, PI),
  • Maria Ohlsson,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 02.Jun.2024
Last application date 24.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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