Postdoctoral fellow in Economic History

Lund (Stad), Skåne (SE)
11 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral fellow in Economic History

Lund University School of Economics and Management, Dept. of Economic History

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.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

The Department of Economic History is a research-intensive department that employs about 100 people: researchers, teachers, technical/administrative staff, and Ph.D. candidates. The department has a large PhD programme and co-ordinates three international Master programmes. The Department has a well established reputation for wide-ranging research with an emphasis on long-term processes, and with economic theory and quantitative methods as important methodological tools. Strong research areas at the department include economic growth and structural change, innovation, energy and sustainability, development economics, and economic demography, as well as financial history and education and the labour market. More information is available at the Department’s website:

The Department of Economic History announces one or more limited-duration position/s as a postdoctoral fellow (two years). First day of employment is March 1, 2021 or by agreement.

Subject area
Economic History

Job assignments
The holder will conduct independent research in Economic History. She/he must be willing to interact with the students and to participate actively in the common activities of the Department of Economic History. The position involves a limited amount of teaching and/or supervision of Bachelor and Master's Theses (maximum of 20%).

Eligibility/Entry Requirements
To be qualified for employment as a postdoctoral fellow, an individual must hold a PhD in Economic History or related discipline (e.g. Economics, Sociology, Economic Geography, History), awarded no more than three years ago (unless the applicant has been on parental leave or leave due to illness). Applications will also be accepted from persons who have not yet completed their PhD, but this condition must be satisfied at the time of employment.

For more information, please read Lund University Employment Rules at and

Basis of Assessment
Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for employment, but teaching skills are also assessed.

The holder of the position should be competent and experienced enough to be able to carry out independent research in Economic History.

For appointment, the candidate must have demonstrated a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of the PhD dissertation, working papers and publications.

The application must include a research plan where the applicant presents her/his own ideas for research to be conducted.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

  • International experience.
  • Other results and distinctions which attest to the applicant's ability to do research.
  • Ability to engage and inform society at large about research.

The evaluation will take the experience, knowledge and other personal qualities into consideration. The applicants’ ability to use their skills and experience to strengthen and supplement existing research activities within the Department of Economic History will also be considered.

Applications should be written in English and must include: 

  • Cover letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Research plan, maximum three pages.
  • Publication list and one selected paper (publication or working paper, as web link or PDF).
  • Certificates, etc. 

The applicant is encouraged to name a maximum of two persons who can give recommendations, but we do not consider recommendation letters with the application. 

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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