Professor of International and Global History

Lund University Department of History

Professor of History with specialisation in International and Global History

Lund University, The Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 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.

Workplace description/subject area

 The history division within the Department of History offers freestanding courses alongside Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, the latter of which is offered together with the history of ideas and sciences. Our third-cycle education is well-developed, and the National Graduate School of Historical Studies, set up twenty years ago, forms the hub.

Global and international history is a wide research field with several different specialisations that encapsulate historical phenomena, processes and relationships over national and regional borders. This may include, for example, analyses of flows, exchanges and connections, but also resistance, conflict and disintegration, and comparisons across time and space. The field covers a broad chronology from the Middle Ages up to the present day and can include macro and microhistorical perspectives.

International and global history has been a prominent part of the environment at Lund University since the 1970s, with several renowned professors at the forefront. At the moment we also have two Wallenberg Academy Fellows projects with an international focus, an incoming Pro Futura Scientia researcher specialising in global history, and many doctoral students and researchers whose research topics are international and global in scope.

Work duties

The holder of the position will act as a research leader primarily by running research projects, initiating and supporting applications for external funding, developing seminar activities and attracting national and international researchers to the international and global history research environment in particular and to the Department of History in general. The applicant will contribute to the development of the department’s network of research contacts in the subject both nationally and internationally, develop contacts with wider society, supervise doctoral students and act as a mentor for younger researchers.

The holder of the professorship is expected to lead and develop the teaching of international and global history with different theoretical, temporal and spatial perspectives and at all levels of the Bachelor’s programme in history, the secondary school subject teacher training in history, the Master’s programme in historical studies, as well as freestanding and online courses.

The candidate is expected to have a positive attitude towards taking on advanced management duties in the department.

The position requires the professor to be present and active in the department.

Required qualifications

A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor. For appointment as a professor there is a requirement for training in teaching and learning in higher education amounting to at least five weeks or that equivalent knowledge has been acquired in some other way.

Additional requirements for the position are:

  • A PhD in history or equivalent research expertise of relevance to the subject matter and the duties of the position.
  • The Department of History puts special emphasis on a positive work environment, and the professor is expected to actively participate in the activities of the department. Documented ability in collaboration, networking and external engagement is therefore a requirement.
  • The ability to teach in English from the first day of taking up the position is a requirement. Applicants who do not have sufficient command of Swedish, the official language of the Swedish public sector, to communicate will need to draw up a specific plan together with the department on how they will acquire these language skills. The holder of the position is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

  • A very high level of research, teaching, administrative and other expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties that it will involve, as well as the personal skills in general that are important for successfully carrying out the duties.
  • A very high level of research qualifications including a very good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
     Demonstrated by:
    • extensive, documented research contributions and through the applicant having sustained internationally recognised activity of high quality,
    • internationally competitive publishing, demonstrating both breadth and depth,
    • documented expertise in planning, initiating, leading and developing research,
    • documented ability to obtain research grants in competition,
    • documented experience and expertise in master’s and doctoral supervision.
    • a broad international network and active participation in the national and international research community reflected, for instance, through documented experience of assignments as an expert, editor, peer reviewer (referee) or project manager, by membership in formal networks and various positions in elected office.
  • A very high level of teaching expertise, which involves a very good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.A good ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
    • Demonstrated through both experience of the educational activities described above and a reflective attitude to the applicant’s own teaching role.
  • A good ability to participate in and develop public engagement and other outreach activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.
    • Demonstrated through documented experience, with positive testimonials and clear results, of leading, coordinating and developing research activities and collaborating with others.

In the assessment, equal consideration is given to teaching expertise and research expertise.

Specific qualifications of additional merit in descending order:

  • Proven ability to act as research leader, lead projects involving other researchers and establish national and international contacts with researchers and research teams in the field of international and global history
  • Proven ability to obtain external research funding
  • Proven teaching skills in terms of scope, level and breadth, with a variety of teaching methods and in collaboration with colleagues

Instructions for the application

The application must conform to the instructions that can be downloaded at 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.

The Academic Appointments Board normally selects a shortlist of applicants. This selection can be done in one or several steps and if needed with the help of external experts. The applicants who are selected for external assessment may be invited to submit physical copies of the papers that they wish to submit for expert assessment within 14 days.

The applicants who are invited to trial lectures and interviews might be requested to complete their application with a short plan for the activity that they intend to manage within the framework of the possible employment, with special focus on how to develop the environment and which collaborations they plan to establish or further develop locally, nationally and internationally.


The university applies individual salary setting.

About The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology
The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have around 700 employees and around 4000 students.

The Department of History is one of the eight departments within the Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology. It is a large department consisting of three divisions: the Division of history, the Division of human rights and the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies. Around 70 teachers and researchers work at the department. They undertake teaching within the BA programmes in history and human rights, the masters programme in history and the international masters programmes in human rights and Asian studies. The department also has a large post-graduate programme with Ph.D. students in history and human rights, as well as a research school in history.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-09-01 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/1060
Johanna Johansson, Faculty Coordinator,
Henrik Rosengren, Head of department,
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Published 28.Jun.2022
Last application date 01.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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