Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Ethnology – information for applicants to PhD position

Vacancies 2018

We invite applications for the position of one doctoral candidate in ethnology to start in September 2018 The PhD program is located to the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University. The research environment is dynamic and growing with well-established national and international contacts. The application deadline is March 1st 2018 and the post is to be taken up September 1st 2018. Applications should be made online.

The official announcement, including a link to the online application form, can be accessed here:

Before writing your application, please note:

Carefully read the instructions in the position announcement and note all of the materials which your application must include.

The applicants are ranked based on their earlier merits as well as on the quality and relevance of the research proposal for graduate studies in ethnology. Therefore, in order to be assessed, all the necessary documents (including earlier Bachelor’s and Master’s theses as well as other publications) must be attached to the application, and they must be written in a language understood by members of the reviewing committee (Swedish, English, Danish, Norwegian).

In the obligatory research proposal you should clearly define the objective of your PhD research, and explain how it will contribute to the field of study you are interested in. In doing this you should relate your research objective to both past and on-going research in your field of interest and indicate the theoretical perspective(s) you anticipate to work with. The proposal should also contain a methodological discussion and time-table explaining how and along what time lines you shall conduct your research. Please note that the list of literature references that you include with your proposal are not counted as part of the 1500 word limit.

In addition to their research and studies, PhD candidates accepted to the graduate program in ethnology are expected to actively participate in the daily activities taking place at the department, and this includes regular attendance to the research seminars in ethnology as well as the cultural research seminars of the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences. Swedish is the working language in the division of ethnology. PhD candidates in ethnology are expected to have, or obtain within two year of their studies, a working knowledge of Swedish.

The PhD position is part of the ongoing project Falsified drugs in a multicultural society. Importance of knowledge exchange between the public and expertise.

Research in the project requires good knowledge of the Swedish language. It is further considered as an advantage if the applicant, in addition to Swedish and English, has knowledge of any language that refugees and migrants to Sweden speak.

It is recommended that applicants read the description of the research profile of the division of ethnology in Lund before applying to the graduate program in order to obtain a broader awareness of the types of cultural research being conducted by Lund’s ethnologists at present. It should, however, be noted that it is up to each applicant to define her/his own field of future research in the research proposal submitted with the application to graduate studies in ethnology. We welcome research proposals that open new perspectives for ethnology in Lund.

The research profile for ethnology in Lund can be found at the following links:

Research subject – Ethnology

Research subject – Ethnology (in Swedish)

A Swedish PhD education entails four years of full-time work. At Lund University, it is fully funded including wages, social security and entitlement to benefits. You can find the eligibility requirements, and other information, in the general syllabus:

General syllabus (PDF)

General syllabus (in Swedish) (PDF)

For more information, please contact:
Susanne Lundin, project leader, email: susanne.lundinkultur.luse, phone 046-222 41 79
Olof Sundin, assistant Head of Department, email: olof.sundinkultur.luse, phone: 046–222 09 66