At least one professor of Sociology of Law

Lund University


November 21, 2021


Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences , Sociology of Law Department

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 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.

Sociology of law is a social sciences discipline focusing on the relationship between law and society. The topics studied include the societal foundations and consequences of the legal system, but informal norms are also addressed. The discipline emphasises the importance of extra-legal factors for legal decisions and conflict resolution. Sociology of law was established as an independent academic subject in Sweden in 1972 with the inauguration of the first professor in the subject at Lund University. Today, the subject is based on the tension between the formal legislation of the government and the informal emergence of norms in civil society, among other contexts. The research conducted includes fields such as gender and discrimination, cyberspace, education, welfare, legal culture and legal decision-making.

The department offers courses in sociology of law at all levels of higher education, including the doctoral level. The subject is also included in the Bachelor's programme in criminology and in the autumn semester 2016 a new international Master's programme in the subject was launched. The Sociology of Law Department is keen to engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration and has good contacts with professionals and public authorities. It has been ranked highly in quality assessments and has a high proportion of external funding. Importance is attached to international contacts and a great number of the junior researchers have international links today.


The professor is to work to strengthen and further develop the department's research environment, internally, nationally and internationally. The duties include research, teaching and supervision in all cycles, research leadership, and responsibility for the department's continued development in both research and education. The professor is to be an enthusing influence, initiating and leading their own and others' research. Instigating and supporting work on external research applications is an important duty. The professor is to actively participate in the day-to-day work of the department. The position also includes administration connected with the duties above.

The applicant is expected to develop the subject's research contact network, nationally and internationally, and develop contacts with wider society. The professor is to be an outward-facing figure for the subject within Lund University and towards the international research community.

Teaching will be conducted in Swedish and English. A successful candidate who is not already proficient in a Scandinavian language is expected to acquire proficiency in Swedish within the first two years of employment at the level required to carry out common duties in education and administration. There is an opportunity to receive language tuition at Lund University.


A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor, in accordance with chapter 4, section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance. In the assessment of qualifications, teaching and research expertise receive equal consideration.

The applicant is to demonstrate their research expertise through documented international impact and research publication at the highest level within the field of sociology of law. The research output is to be of current interest, with a particular emphasis on research progression over the past five years. Research expertise is to have been demonstrated through independent research initiatives that to a significant extent exceed what is required for the qualifications of an associate professor.

Sociology of law is an interdisciplinary subject and the applicant is to be well-versed in both the theory of sociology of law and the methodology of the social sciences. The applicant is to demonstrate a documented ability to develop a research field and drive the research frontier forward. The applicant is to have documented expertise in obtaining external grants as a principal applicant, leading research teams and supervising doctoral students. The applicant is to have documented expertise in collaborating with actors outside academia and in actively working in and driving research collaborations and networks.

Teaching expertise is to be demonstrated through the ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching, as well as create engagement and interest in the subject area. The applicant is to have documented first, second and third cycle teaching experience and, in order to be qualified, must have supervised at least one doctoral student who was awarded a PhD.

The applicant is to have completed at least five weeks of training in teaching and learning in higher education or have equivalent knowledge that has been acquired in some other way, unless there are special reasons to the contrary. Applicants who have not studied teaching and learning in higher education are expected to take such a course within one year of taking up the position. Teaching staff at Lund University must also comply with the general qualification requirements of being well-suited to the post and having the general ability required to complete the duties of the post well.

Assessment criteria

For appointments to professor, the following assessment criteria apply: a very good national and international standing as a researcher; a high level of teaching skill, which entails a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities at different levels and using a variety of teaching methods; a very good ability as principal applicant to obtain research grants in competition; a very good ability to supervise doctoral students, leading to a PhD; a good ability to engage with wider society and communicate information about activities, and a very good ability to lead and develop activities.

The applicant is expected to demonstrate expertise in the theory of sociology of law and the methodology of the social sciences, and demonstrate broad academic expertise. Research on sociology of law in a Nordic context is considered to be an additional qualification.

The applicant is to have a very good ability as a leader to develop, lead and carry out high-quality research. The applicant is to have demonstrated a good ability to collaborate and to have demonstrated general personal abilities that are significant for performing the duties well.

In the assessment of teaching expertise, experience of teaching sociology of law and other teaching activities in all cycles, as well as supervision and assessment, are taken into account. The applicant is to have good administrative skills and good abilities regarding communication, cooperation and leadership, as well as the other abilities required in order to satisfactorily carry out the duties of a professor. A good ability to cooperate and a willingness to work together in groups is highly valued.


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

Lund University applies individual wage settings. Please, include your salary requirement in 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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Type of employment Permanent position

Contract type Full time Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2021/2794 Contact

  • Isabel Schoultz, HoD, questions re the position, +46 (0)46 222 8811,
  • Anna Melin, questions re the recruitmentprocess, +46 (0)46 222 4148,
  • 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 08.Sep.2021 Last application date 21.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET

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