Researchers in History for Project Applications
Lund University Department of History

4 Research posts in history for project applications

Lund University, The Facultieties of HT, Department of History

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.

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4 Research posts in history for project applications

100%, 3 months, with the first day of employment on 1 October 2022 at the latest.

Application deadline: 15 May 2022

First day of employment: 1 October 2022, or per agreement.

We are now seeking 4 researchers to write research applications with the aim to strengthen the research environment in the two Wallenberg Academy Fellow (WAF) projects: Knowledge in Motion led by Associate Professor Johan Östling and Ukrainian Long-Distance Nationalism in the Cold War led by Associate Professor Per Anders Rudling. The WAF projects are funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

The four positions are linked to one of the four specialisations below. Applications are to clearly indicate the position being applied for. The aim is to make one appointment in each specialisation. The research applications will generally be directed at the Riksbankens jubileumsfond and the Swedish Research Council’s calls for applications for project grants in the spring of 2023, or other relevant specified funding bodies. Any external funds awarded as a result of the applications written within the scope of the positions are expected to be allocated to the Subject of History at Lund University. If the applicant holds a position at another department, a certificate from the head of department is required confirming that any external funds awarded can be allocated to the Department of History, Lund University.

Knowledge in Motion

Positions 1 and 2 are linked to the history of knowledge research carried out in Lund within the framework of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK). For more information, please see

  1. History of knowledge. The applicant is invited to develop a promising history of knowledge research issue that forms the basis for a competitive application. There are no specific thematic, chronological, geographical, methodological or theoretical requirements; however, project proposals aimed at developing the history of knowledge as a field will be prioritised, for example through the presentation of original research questions or the application of innovative perspectives.
  2. European history of knowledge after circa 1980. The applicant is to formulate a research question about European history of knowledge from a contemporary history perspective. It is an advantage for the project proposal to connect to the history of European integration, European knowledge policy, the history of European universities or changes to the European knowledge community. Comparative and/or transnational studies are particularly welcome.

Ukrainian Long-Distance Nationalism in the Cold War

Positions 3 and 4 are linked to the project Ukrainian Long-Distance Nationalism in the Cold War, which focuses on the understanding of history, memory and policy in Eastern and Central Europe after 1989.

  1. Modern Eastern European history. The specialisation is open, and applications intending to facilitate research projects on memory, memory politics and use of history, primarily focusing on modern Eastern and Central European history, are welcomed. Emphasis is placed on originality and work on recently accessible source materials and new, innovative perspectives.
  2. The use of history and the political use of memory by national socialist, communist and nationalist movements’ violence in post-socialist states and their diasporas. Projects focusing on the influence of emigrant groups during and after the Cold War and their impact on the formation of collective memory in the post-Soviet space after 1991 are particularly encouraged.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to a position as a researcher requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, completed no more than five years before the application deadline. Under special circumstances – parental leave, illness or similar – the PhD may have been completed earlier. A certificate supporting these reasons is to be submitted with the application.

If the applicant’s native language is not a Scandinavian language, very good and documented English language skills are required.

Special consideration will be given to applicants with a PhD (or equivalent) in a subject with a specialisation in history.

Assessment criteria

Applicants must have academic qualifications and a good ability to develop and carry out research of high international quality within the aforementioned research fields. A documented ability to obtain external research funding is an additional qualification. For positions 3 and 4, an additional qualification is that the applicant has knowledge of Eastern European languages. Assessments are made based on the documentation received and a potential interview.

Applications are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English and must include the following:

  1. A signed curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages).
  2. A certified copy of the applicant’s PhD degree certificate.
  3. A cover letter (max. 1 page).
  4. A project proposal (max. 2 pages) describing the specific research project on which the applicant’s formulation of their research application text will be based. The project proposal should also specify to which funding bodies the applicant plans to direct their research application.
  5. A complete list of publications with five of the most important scholarly publications marked with asterisks (including the PhD thesis).

No publications are to be attached to the application.

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 Temporary position 3-6 months
Employment expires 2022-12-31
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-10-01 or per agreement
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/831
Henrik Rosengren, Head of Department,
Johan Östling, research leader,
Per-Anders Rudling, research leader,
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Published 23.Mar.2022
Last application date 15.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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