Lecturer in Sociology; Working Life and Organisation

Lund University Faculty of Social Sciences

At least one Senior lecturer in Sociology - working life & organisation

Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Department of Sociology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 46 000 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.

Work duties

The work duties of the position comprise teaching and research in sociology on both undergraduate and advanced levels. The employment consists of 70 percent teaching, 20 percent research and skills development and 10 percent administration, in accordance with the agreement on working hours for teaching staff at Lund University.

The duties include performing high-quality teaching at all educational levels, as well as conducting leading research to high international standards, in sociology. The incumbent is expected to actively contribute to the progressive development of our research environment, especially in the field of working life, organizational and/or human resources (HR), as well as publishing research and applying for external research funds. In addition, the incumbent must actively contribute to the development of the departments' courses and programmes, primarily in the bachelor's and master's programs in HR. The duties also include course administration, responsibility for pedagogical development work and collaborating both within and between courses. The language of instruction is in both Swedish and English.


The qualification requirements for employment as a senior lecturer are stated in Chapter 4 Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the appointment rules for teaching staff at Lund University (https://www.staff.lu.se/sites/staff.lu.se/files/lund-university-appointment-rules-2018.pdf).

To be eligible for employment as a senior lecturer, the applicant must have obtained a PhD in sociology or equivalent, with clear relevance to the call. The eligible applicant has also demonstrated pedagogical skills and has the personal qualities required to perform the position well. The applicant must have completed at least five weeks of training in "teaching and learning in higher education" or have equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way. Applicants who do not have formal training in teaching and learning in higher education are expected to complete such training within one year of the start of employment.


The candidate is required to hold a PhD in Sociology or the equivalent, and have teaching and research experience in the field of sociology or the equivalent. High competency in sociological or equivalent research and teaching is a merit, especially broad competence related to working life, organization, and human resources. The successful candidate should have an interest in leadership, human resources, and human resources development. Previous teaching within a Human Resources program or equivalent is seen as an advantage.

The candidate is required to demonstrate documented scientific expertise. Having received external research funding is an advantage. Furthermore, candidates must be able to work independently, responsibly and in a structured manner with both teaching and research. Good communication skills and very good collaboration skills are a requirement.

Assessment criteria

Upon assessment of the applicants, equal weight will be given to teaching and research expertise. Emphasis is also attached to administrative competence and other skills that are of importance for the subject content and duties of the position.

When assessing teaching expertise, quality is primarily reviewed but also scope, span and depth is considered. Teaching expertise must be well documented so that quality also can be assessed. Documented experience of pedagogical leadership in initiating, planning, leading, developing and implementing teaching will be given special attention.

When assessing research expertise, publications of high scientific quality is primarily taken into consideration, as well as progression in scientific production over the past five years. The depth and scope of the research will also be given importance. Furthermore, emphasis is given to the ability to initiate, plan, lead and develop research as well as the ability to obtain funding for research in competition. The same applies to the ability to interact within and across disciplins, as well as with the surrounding society.

In the recruitment of the position, good ability to collaborate with the surrounding society and to inform about research and development work is also considered.

Suitability to successfully perform the position is a requirement. Special emphasis is placed on collaborative skills with colleagues and external actors as well as the ability to contribute to a positive development of teaching and research activities at the department. The future senior lecturer is expected to actively participate in the day-to-day work of the department.

How to apply

The application is submitted electronically through Lund University's applicant portal, Varbi, in Swedish or English. The application must conform to the Instructions that can be downloaded at


Please note the following documentation is to be submitted in the application:

A brief cover letter.

A CV supporting information provided.

An account of scientific and pedagogical activity.

A brief account of experiences of leadership and/or administration as well as collaboration.

Complete list of publications. (co-author's certificate required for co-authored publications)

List of doctoral thesis and other cited scientific texts.

Cited publications (max 10).

Other documentation relevant for the application.

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

About the recruitment process

In the recruitment process, it may be applicable to conduct trial lectures, interviews and reference taking. In the interviews, the applicants will be given the opportunity to describe and develop their own views on the subject of sociology with a focus on working life, organization and Human Resources as well as how they see their own possible future role at the department. It is important that the applicant indicates reference persons who can highlight their professional skills as well as qualities that are of importance for the position, such as collaborative skills, management skills as well as the ability to create commitment, participation, and a positive development for the organization.

Non-Scandinavian-speaking applicants are expected to acquire a knowledge of Swedish at the level required to fulfil ordinary work duties within education and administration within the first two years of employment. There are opportunities for Swedish language training within Lund University.

Lund University applies individual wage settings. Please, include your salary requirement in the application.

More about us 

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 Sociology is home to two disciplines, social anthropology and sociology. Common for these is that they try to understand and explain the individual and society in their social, cultural and historical contexts. Research in the department spans from empirical studies of contemporary social issues to critical social analysis, and the development of social science theory and methods.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/395
Anna Melin, 046222000
Lisa Eklund, 046-2228850
Published 03.Feb.2023
Last application date 26.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET
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