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Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences seeks Two PhD candidates in Sociology of law – Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Social Sciences
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

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Qualification Details

To be admitted, you must meet both the general and the specific entry requirements. The general entry requirement is a completed master’s degree or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

Those who have completed course requirements of at least 30 credits in the subject area (or equivalent) or areas of relevance to the subject area, of which at least 15 credits consist of independent projects at second-cycle level, or equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad, meet the specific admission requirements for the third-cycle programme in sociology of law.

Assessment criteria

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are admitted to PhD studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. The primary criteria for making an appointment to a doctoral studentship is the ability of the student to benefit from PhD studies and successfully complete the program. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

The applicants’ research proposal, previous dissertations and published papers in sociology of law or related disciplines within social sciences or law, play an important role in assessing their suitability. Moreover, applicants must have a very good ability to express themselves in speech and writing.

As third cycle studies in sociology of law are very demanding, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently under time constraints. Good collaboration and communication skills are also required, as is proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD programme consists of 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time study) and ends with the public defence of the doctoral thesis.  PhD students are expected to work on their thesis project and actively participate in the department’s research environment. In addition to devoting themselves to their research, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to undertake other tasks such as teaching, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance. These tasks will not exceed 20% of their working hours. Regulations concerning the appointment of full time postgraduate students can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

The main language of the PhD program is English. However, non-Swedish speaking students are expected to acquire basic skills in Swedish during the period of employment. There are opportunities to participate in language courses taught at the University.

The general syllabus and other information about the PhD program in sociology of law is available at: syllabus for third-cycle studies in sociology of law 2020.pdf

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: PA2021/4241
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Documents Required

The application must contain:

  • A cover letter in Swedish or English of max 1 000 words, which contains a brief presentation of yourself and your qualifications, as well as a brief explanation of why you are interested in third cycle studies at the Department of Sociology of Law at Lund University.
  • Degree project corresponding to at least 15 credits on advanced level in sociology of law or other discipline deemed equivalent and other relevant publications. If the degree project or publication is written in a language other than Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English, a summary of maximum 1000 words is attached, including method, theory, analysis and results.
  • A CV in Swedish or English that demonstrated your qualifications for the third cycle program in sociology of law.
  • Degree and grade certificates in Swedish or English.
  • A research plan of a maximum of 13,000 characters with spaces, including references, in Swedish or English. All plans must follow the instructions available here:
  • Name and contact details of two reference persons.
  • Other documentation of relevance for the position.

Assessment of applicants is done on the above points and the top-ranking will be called for interview.

About the Department

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.

Sociology of law at Lund University is a subject within Social sciences focusing on the relationship between law and society, such as the tension between the formal legislation of the government and the informal emergence of norms in civil society, among other contexts. Research is conducted in fields such as gender and discrimination, AI and machine learning, children's rights, welfare, legal cultures, corruption, migration, financial security and crime. The department offers courses at all levels. The department also runs the bachelor's program in criminology in collaboration with the Department of Sociology. The Sociology of Law Department is keen to engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration and has good contacts with professionals and public authorities.

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About the Employer: Lund University

Note or Other details

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§. The doctoral studentship will commence on 1 September 2022 or as agreed.

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