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Doctoral positions in Human Geography, Sweden


Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and more than 7 500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

The department of Human Geography combines tradition with modern research and education. The research conducted in several of the fields at the department was judged to be excellent in the most recent research assessment exercise at Lund University (RQ08). Geography and area studies are the highest ranked subject at Lund University, currently ranked 20st in the world (QS 2015). In recent decades, the department has been successful in the competition for external research funding and has close ties with specialized centers such as CIRCLE and LUCSUS at Lund University. The key areas of research are economic geography, development geography and landscape, urban and social geography, among others.

The strong research orientation is reflected in education. Many of our courses and programs have been developed in connection with research projects and stuadents are introduced to current knowledge by researching lecturers. The teaching environment has for a long time been international in orientation and many courses and programs offered at the department are specifically aimed at international students. The department is housed in modern premises in central Lund.

Job assignments
The holder of a postgraduate position has as primary obligation to successfully fulfill the third cycle education ending with a PhD degree. Regulations concerning appointment as a full time postgraduate student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

The holder should direct research to the fields of human geography, preferable connected to ongoing research activities at the department (for further information see: More information on the PhD program at the Department of Human Geography is available at:

The holder of a postgraduate position is expected to participate actively in the research and teaching environment of the Department and will normally have to perform departmental duties, above all teaching, amounting to about 20 per cent of full time.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements
To be eligible for third cycle studies an applicant must have:
- been awarded a second cycle degree or
- completed studies the equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at the second cycle level, or
- acquired comparable qualifications in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

In addition to the requirements described above the applicant must have at least 30 second-cycle credits in human geography/economic geography or acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way. Have completed a second-cycle independent project of at least 15 credits. The applicant must also have proficiency in spoken and written English corresponding to English B from Swedish upper secondary school. The assessment will be based on national guidelines. 

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.

Basis of Assessment
In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, paragraph 5, particular emphasis for admission shall be placed upon the applicant’s ability to successfully complete PhD studies, as indicated by academic qualifications and merits. The research plan as well as previously written theses and publications are important indicators of ability. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also of great importance.

The application must contain:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Copies of grades and examination certificates
3. Bachelor’s and Master’s theses in human geography or in a discipline judged as equivalent to human geography
4. A concise research plan (maximum 2000 words / four pages). Your plan should preferably refer explicitly how it may be connected to the research profiles of human geography in Lund (for further information on economic geography research in Lund, see:
5. Other qualifications of relevance for the position

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 September 2015

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