Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Law

Lund University


Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Law

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

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.

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.

Sociology of law is a social sciences discipline focusing on the relationship between law and society. The topics studied include the societal foundations and consequences of the legal system, but informal norms are also addressed. The discipline emphasises the importance of extra-legal factors for legal decisions and conflict resolution. Sociology of law was established as an independent academic subject in Sweden in 1972 with the inauguration of the first professor in the subject at Lund University. Today, the subject is based on the tension between the formal legislation of the government and the informal emergence of norms in civil society, among other contexts. The research conducted includes fields such as gender and discrimination, cyberspace, education, welfare, legal culture and legal decision-making.

The department offers courses in sociology of law at all levels of higher education, including the doctoral level. The subject is also included in the Bachelor’s programme in criminology and in the autumn semester 2016 a new international Master’s programme in the subject was launched. The Sociology of Law Department is keen to engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration and has good contacts with professionals and public authorities. It has been ranked highly in quality assessments and has a high proportion of external funding. Importance is attached to international contacts and a great number of the junior researchers have international links today.

Work duties

The work duties of the position comprise teaching and research in sociology of law in general, at all levels. The language of instruction is 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 (

The position requires a completed PhD in Sociology of Law, or equivalent documented research and teaching expertise as well as a documented ability to collaborate. Qualification required for appointment as a docent is mandatory for this position. The applicant is to be suitable for the position and to have the ability successfully to perform the duties associated with the position.
The research production during the last five years will be of particular importance.

Appointment as a senior lecturer requires at least five weeks’ training in teaching and learning in higher education or the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, unless special circumstances apply.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for employment as a teaching staff member are stated in Chapter 4 Section 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance. In the review of the applications, the following criteria will be taken into account.

A good national and international level as a researcher with special focus on ability to gain external research funding;

a good teaching ability, which means a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on various levels and using various teaching methods;

ability to take part in the supervision of doctoral students in their work towards a doctoral degree;

ability to engage with wider society and to inform the public about one’s activities;

ability in general to develop and lead research activities;

a very good ability to collaborate

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-01-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/1909
Anna Melin, questions reg the recruitmentprocess, +46 46 222 4148,
Isabel Schoultz, questions reg the position, +46 46 222 8811,
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 09.Jul.2021
Last application date 19.Sep.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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