Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Lund University Department of Human Geography

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography with a Specialization in Quantitative Geography

Lunds universitet, Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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.

The Department of Human Geography with about 55 employees, 400 fulltime students and approximately 25 Ph.D. students combines tradition with modern and highly internationalized research and education. Geography has repeatedly been the highest ranked subject at Lund University, currently ranked 16th in the world and 1st among the Nordic countries according to the QS ranking of 2018. For decades, the department has been very successful in the competition for external research funding. In addition to being embedded in numerous national and international research networks, the department of human geography has close ties with a broad spectrum of departments and faculties at Lund University. The key areas of research and teaching at the department are economic geography, development geography, urban, landscape and social geography, and GIS. The department has a Human Ecology Division (with a doctoral program of its own).

Subject area

Human Geography, with a specialization in quantitative geography.

Specific subject description

Research and education in human geography deals with social, cultural, political and economic processes of change and their spatial expressions and consequences for people at different scales, whether local, regional or global. The key areas of research and teaching at the department are landscape, urban and social geography, economic geography, development geography, GIS and remote sensing and human ecology. The Department now seeks to broaden its expertise in the area of quantitative geography.

Job assignments

The post comprises teaching and research in Human Geography, with a focus on quantitative geography. The position contains 20 per cent of government-funded research time, with the possibility of expanding the share of research through external funding. The remainder of the position is devoted to teaching and administration.
The teaching duties will be divided between the Faculty’s interdisciplinary Master’s programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Human Geography. The teaching will primarily be focused on quantitative analysis in the second cycle, although teaching in the first and third cycles may also be included.
The successful candidate is expected to contribute actively to the development of the education and research environment at the faculty and the department.

Work duties

The work duties of the position cover both research and teaching, while some administrative duties may also be included.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements

To qualify for appointment as a senior lecturer, you must have been awarded a PhD in Human Geography with a specialization in quantitative geography, or have the corresponding research competence. Applicants must be able to demonstrate documented teaching competence in quantitative geography, including teaching related to common software used in the field. An additional requirement is the ability to teach in English.

Applicants are required to have completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. In special circumstances, some of the training in higher education teaching and learning may be conducted during the first year of employment.

Further qualifications are the ability to teach quantitative methods to students with international and interdisciplinary social sciences backgrounds, experience of developing and administering education, e.g. as program or course director, and the ability to compete for external research funding.

The criteria for assessment of applications are a good ability to develop and carry out research of high quality, and teaching competence.

Basis of Assessment

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance, Lund University Teacher Appointment Regulations and in the Strategic Plan for Lund University

Equal importance is attached to research expertise and teaching expertise.
In the assessment of research expertise, particular emphasis will be placed on research activity (scope/ research quality), the ability to initiate and independently conduct research and the documented ability to obtain research funding in competition. National or international research collaboration will be taken into account.

In the assessment of teaching expertise, educational quality and breadth of teaching experience will be the main criteria. Furthermore, a documented ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop teaching, as well as the ability to link teaching to research will also be considered important. Emphasis will also be placed on the ability to develop teaching based on advanced quantitative geography (for instance spatial analysis, multi-level modelling, econometrics and time series analysis).

Finally, the ability to interact with wider society and to communicate about research and development work will be taken into account.

To apply please follow the instructions for applications for academic posts and promotion at the Faculty of Social Sciences

More information on the appointment procedure and regulations governing appointment can be found at

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 By agreement, as soon as poosible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/2148
Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, Head of department, 046 222 8423
Mikael Sundström, Director of studies, 046 222 4993
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 18.Jun.2020
Last application date 16.Aug.2020 11:59 PM CET

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