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
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.
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.
The application must conform to the Instructions that can be downloaded at
https: // www. sam.lu.se/en/sites/sam.lu.se.en/files/instructionsforapplicationsforacademicpostsandpromotion20131017.pdf
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
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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
County Skåne län
Reference number PA2021/2794
Isabel Schoultz, HoD, questions re the position, +46 (0)46 222 8811,
Anna Melin, questions re the recruitmentprocess, +46 (0)46 222 4148,
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
Last application date 21.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET
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