Postdoctoral Position in Geography

Lund University


Postdoctoral Position in Geography


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 45 000 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.


Job assignment:
The doctoral candidate program amounts to 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time study). It formally ends with the doctoral candidate publicly defending his/her printed doctoral thesis. The holder of a doctoral position has as primary obligation to successfully fulfill the third cycle education ending with a PhD degree. Regulations concerning appointment as a full-time doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

The holder of a doctoral position is expected to participate actively in the research and teaching environment of the department and may have to perform departmental duties, above all teaching, amounting to about 20 percent of full time.

The research must be conducted within human geography and connect to the research project “A just TRANSport TRANSformation? A TRANSnational, FEMinist analysis of the social reproduction of the lithium and copper supply chain. TRANS-FEM”. The goal of the research project is to examine through a feminist mixed-methods approach the transnational labor dynamics of the lithium and copper supply chains from the places of extraction and export:  Antofagasta, Chile to the place of manufacture of e-batteries: Skellefteå, Sweden. The PhD candidate is expected to engage with research on how an EU green energy transition should address socio environmental fallouts and forms of labor exploitation associated with the extraction of critical minerals and the production of e-batteries in Europe. Most importantly, this project will question whether the green transition can truly be a global affair and bring about social and environmental justice in the form of fair and equitable inclusion for the most marginalized groups in improving their wellbeing.

More information on the PhD program at the Department of Human Geography is available at

Eligibility/Entry Requirements:
To be eligible for third cycle studies an applicant must:

·     Have been awarded a second cycle degree

·     Have completed studies the equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at the second cycle level, or

·     Have acquired comparable qualifications in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

In addition to the requirements described above the specific entry requirements for the PhD program in Human Geography is a Master’s degree in Human Geography, or related disciplines. Exams must include independent work of at least 30 higher education credits, of which at least half is at the second cycle level. 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 candidate positions. When an appointment to such a position 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 positions 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.

Applications will further be reviewed according to the pertinence of research interest and profile in relation to the above-mentioned research project. Previous essays and published material are important documents for assessing this ability. Particular emphasis is placed on experience in the application of qualitative field methods related to the subjects of human geography or equivalent. Because the candidate is hired for a project that relies on original data gathering through fieldwork and interviews, proficiency in Spanish is required (will be tested at times of interview if no written record can be provided) and in Swedish is preferable. In addition to the obligation to engage in their own research studies, the holder may be required to perform duties related to education, research and administrative work according to special provisions in the regulation.

The application must contain:

• A cover letter of a maximum of 700 words, which contains a brief presentation of you as an applicant and your qualifications as they relate to the above-mentioned project. Upload as a single pdf-format file.

• Concise research proposal (max. 2000 words including references) including literature review, aim, research questions and methodology. The proposal must clearly show how it relates to the above-described research project.Upload as a single pdf-format file.

• Curriculum vitae. Upload as a single pdf-format file.

• An example of independently written academic work (in English or Spanish). This will typically be a master’s thesis. Upload as a single pdf-format file.

•  If available, copies of scientific publications in English or Spanish authored or co-authored by you. Upload as a single pdf-format file.

·     Name and contact information of 2-3 people we may contact for personal references (in type-in box).

·     Copies of examination certificates and grades. Upload as a single pdf-format file.

 The application must be in English and entered into the Lund University job application portal, varbi.

 Type of employment:
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

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, with about 60 staff, 400 full-time students and about 20 doctoral students, combines ancient traditions with modern and highly internationalised research and education. The Department is one of the most research-intensive departments in the Faculty, with a high level of external funding. In the most recent international evaluations (RQ 08 and RQ 20) of Lund University, the Department's research was rated as excellent in several areas. This strong position has developed further and the Department is ranked number 23 in the world according to QS 20, making it one of Lund University's highest ranked disciplinary domains in 2022.
The Department of Human Geography combines a strong subject tradition with modern and internationally high-quality research and education. The Department has extensive international collaborations as well as strong networks and contacts within and outside the faculty at LU. Key research and teaching areas are economic geography, development geography, urban and social geography, human ecology and GIS.

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Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment September 1st 2024
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/154
  • Research project: Martina Angela Caretta,
  • Doctoral studies: : Henrik Gutzon Larsen,;
  • HR-questions: Natalie Nyman,,+46-2226897
Published 19.Jan.2024
Last application date 03.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET

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