Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Lund University Department of Human Geography

Associate Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, specialized in development geography

Lund University, The Department of Human Geography

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).

Specific subject description

Research and education in human geography deals with social, cultural, political and economic processes of change and their spatial driving forces, expressions and consequences for people at different scales, whether local, regional or global.

Job description

The post comprises teaching and research in human geography, specialised in development geography. The position is a tenure track position, with the share of teaching and administrative duties increasing over time. The first year is comprised of 50% government-funded research and 50% teaching and administration, the second year of 40% government-funded research and 60% teaching and administration, the third and fourth years of 30% government-funded research and 70% teaching and administration. The proportion of research can be expanded through external research funding.

In addition to conducting high-quality research and education in development geography, the successful candidate is expected to be able to take responsibility for the development and administration of study programmes and courses in the field of human geography in general. Teaching may include tasks/courses in quantitative as well as qualitative methods and GIS. A significant part of teaching duties will involve supervision of bachelors and masters theses in the broader subject of human geography.


To qualify for appointment as an associate senior lecturer, you must have been awarded a PhD in human geography or development studies or have the corresponding research competence from a related field. Priority should be given to those who have been awarded a PhD or achieved the corresponding research competence within five years prior to the deadline for applications. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate documented teaching competence. An additional requirement is the ability to teach in English. The criteria for assessment of applications are a good ability to develop and carry out research of high quality, and teaching competence in human geography in general and in development geography in particular. The ability to interact with society and to inform people about research and development work is also taken into account. Teaching may take place in both Swedish and English. A successful candidate who is not proficient in a Scandinavian language is encouraged by the department to acquire the ability to read and understand Swedish. Research and teaching experience in one or more fields of relevance to the post’s specialisation in development geography is particularly desirable. An ability to use both quantitative and qualitative methods is another desirable qualification.


An associate senior lecturer shall be promoted, on application, to an indefinite-term post as a senior lecturer if he or she is qualified for the post and is judged to be suitable in an assessment of the application in accordance with the eligibility and assessment criteria laid down by the faculty for promotion to senior lecturer and listed in the vacancy notice/person specification. An associate senior lecturer may only apply for promotion once. An application shall be submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences within three and a half years of the start of the candidate’s employment.

The general assessment criterion is that the applicant must demonstrate strong progress in his or her ability to conduct teaching and research. The assessment criteria for promotion are in this case that the applicant has demonstrated:

• well documented research competence that is of significance to the subject and duties of the post. This includes a good documented national and international standing as a researcher. Particular importance will be attached to a documented ability to publish internationally.
• well documented teaching competence. Particular importance will be attached to documented skills in conducting teaching and supervision at different levels and to development of quality and breadth of teaching competence over time.
• progress in academic leadership through an enhanced ability to develop, lead and implement education and research and/or demonstrated leadership/commitment to duties for the department as a whole.
• documented ability to write applications for external research funding.
• good ability to interact with society and inform others about research and development work.
• other personal qualities of importance to carry out the duties of the post well.
• where appropriate, sufficient proficiency in Swedish to be able to teach in Swedish.


The application is to be designed in accordance with the instructions of the Faculty of Social Science, which can be accessed on the Faculty website, or received from recruitment manager Anders Kirchner,

The application is to include

1. a CV, certificates/grade transcripts,
2. a written account of the research and expertise (see instructions on the academic qualifications portfolio),
3. Research publications the applicant would like to have considered (no more than five).
4. The applicant must also include a draft (approx. 3–5 pages) showing what research she/he intends to pursue within the scope of the position and how this research profile can be included in the Department’s research profile.

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 of Lund University. 
Research and teaching experience in one or more fields of relevance to planning is particularly desirable.

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible, by agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/2328
Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, prefekt, 046 222 8423
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 26.Jun.2020
Last application date 23.Aug.2020 11:59 PM CET

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