Senior lecturer in Practical Philosophy

Aug 31, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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Workplace description/subject

The Department of Philosophy, with a staff of 80, is divided into Practical Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy and Cognitive Science. It is a research-intensive department that understands the importance of having knowledgeable and committed teaching staff and offering its 250 students programmes and courses of the highest quality. Research in practical philosophy at Lund University has long attracted attention internationally for its output, particularly in value theory, philosophy of action and social ontology, theory of law and moral responsibility. On the education side, the focus is on morals (moral philosophy, metaethics, applied ethics, theory of law), politics (political philosophy), practical rationality (action theory, decision theory) as well as aesthetics and philosophy of religion. Within practical philosophy, second-cycle courses are offered that provide an opportunity for specialisation in the main field of study for a Master’s degree (60/120 credits). Since 2014, a subject has been offered in cooperation with the Department of Political Science and Department of Economics, a popular first-cycle programme in Practical Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).


The successful candidate will conduct teaching, research and supervision in practical philosophy and strive, in collaboration with the department’s other staff members, to further develop the education and research environment. The position of senior lecturer involves teaching in the first, second and third cycles, as well as the supervision of students in the second cycle and doctoral students in practical philosophy. The position may also involve being responsible for the PPE programme and having internal and/or external elected offices. Other duties such as administrative work may also be included. Furthermore, the successful candidate is to actively seek external research funding.

Required qualifications

  • Completed doctoral degree in practical philosophy or corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the position and the duties included in this post.
  • demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • completion of at least five weeks of training in teaching and learning in higher education or corresponding knowledge acquired in another way. If there are special circumstances, e.g. if the applicant in their previous position did not have the conditions for acquiring such knowledge, the appointment may go ahead, nonetheless. The employee is then to undertake training in teaching and learning in higher education during the first two years of employment, so that the requirement is fulfilled.
  • very good and documented ability to teach in Swedish. If such ability is lacking, the appointment may go ahead, nonetheless. The employee is then to acquire such ability within one year of the first day of employment, so that after this period they can take on administrative and teaching duties that require good proficiency in Swedish.
  • very good and documented ability to speak and write academic English.

Assessment criteria

  • the degree of research, teaching, administrative and other expertise that is of value in view of the work duties and subject matter of the post as well as other personal abilities and skills of relevance to perform the duties well.
  • a good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities at different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • an ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a doctoral degree.
  • an ability to participate in and develop public engagement and other outreach activities,
  • a good general ability to otherwise lead and develop activities.

In the assessment, equal consideration will be given to teaching expertise and research expertise.

Desirable qualifications

Research qualifications (in descending order)

  • well-documented experience of research in at least one of the areas in which practical philosophers at the department in Lund have published (value theory, philosophy of action and social ontology, theory of law and moral responsibility).
  • well-documented experience of research in one of the core subjects of practical philosophy (moral philosophy, metaethics, applied ethics, theory of law, political philosophy, action theory, decision theory, aesthetics, history of philosophy and philosophy of religion).

Teaching qualifications (in no particular order)

  • well-documented breadth of subjects in teaching experience at all levels of teaching (first cycle, second cycle – Master’s 60/120 credits – and third cycle).
  • well-documented experience of supervision in the second and third cycles that have led to degrees.
  • well-documented professional development in teaching and learning in higher education (i.e. training worth more that 7.5 credits in teaching and learning in higher education).
  • well-documented experience of various teaching tools.

The specific qualifications for research and teaching are not ranked in relation to each other.

In addition to these qualifications, the following two qualifications are desirable to a great extent, but not as great as the research and teaching qualifications above.

  • documented experience of having taught the history of moral philosophy in the first cycle.
  • documented supervisor experience from either the first or second cycle (Master’s 60/120 credits) or from both.

Furthermore, administrative expertise, demonstrated ability to cooperate and leadership experience will also be taken into consideration.

Instructions for the application

The application must conform to the instructions that can be downloaded The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete, in accordance with the vacancy announcement and instructions, and for submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal.

The Academic Appointments Board normally selects a shortlist of applicants. This selection can be done in one or several steps and if needed with the help of external experts. The applicants who are selected for external assessment may be invited to submit physical copies of the papers that they wish to submit for expert assessment within 14 days.

Conditions & Terms

Lund University is a public authority, which means that you receive special benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension. Read more on the University’s website about being an LU employee, Working at Lund University. The University applies individual salary-setting.

About The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology 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 Philosophy has about 80 employees. Research and education at the department is conducted within three subjects: Cognitive science, Practical philosophy and Theoretical philosophy. While these subjects to a large extent conduct research and education independently, there are also close collaborations between them. Read about current activities at the department’s webpage.

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  • Type of employment Permanent position
  • Contract type Full time
  • First day of employment 2024-01-01 or by agreement
  • Salary Monthly salary
  • Number of positions 1
  • Full-time equivalent 100
  • City Lund
  • County Skåne län
  • Country Sweden
  • Reference number PA2023/591


  • Anna Kvist, Recruitment Coordinator,
  • Martin Jönsson, Head of Department,

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Published 27.Jun.2023 Last application date 31.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST