Professor of Educational Sciences; School and the Teaching Profession
Lund University Department of Educational Sciences

Professor of Educational Sciences, Specialising in School and the Teaching Profession

Lund University,Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Dep. of Edu. Sciences

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.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Educational Sciences at Lund University

The Department of Educational Sciences was established in 2011 within the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology. Its responsibilities include the secondary school subject teacher training programme (both cohesive and supplementary teacher education, KPU) and the graduate school in educational sciences at Lund University. Since 2016, the Department also comprises the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU).

The department’s research activities cover the history of education, the sociology of schools, school and education research, the teaching profession, subject didactics and research in higher education. Since the department was formed, supervision of the 21 doctoral students and 8 licentiate students admitted has been conducted in an interdisciplinary network headed by the department’s two professors. The department, in collaboration with a number of other higher education institutions, also obtained grants from the Swedish Research Council in 2021 for a five-year national graduate school in educational sciences specialising in collaboration between academia and schools. The department also comprises a number of senior lecturers, two associate senior lecturers and a postdoc engaged in research. The department also participates in a national initiative on practice-centred school research and is leading the work on this at Lund University.


The position includes conducting research, leading research collaborations both within the department and with external researchers, nationally and internationally, developing research applications individually and on behalf of the department, actively participating in the department’s joint research activities and supervising doctoral students. Furthermore, the holder of the position is to be prepared to contribute to teaching in the first, second and third cycles in the secondary school subject teacher training programme and supplementary teacher education, for example. Administrative duties are also included in the position as well as academic leadership assignments as necessary.

Qualifications and assessment

A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor. The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

The successful candidate for the professorship should be considered to be among the leaders in research on schools and the teaching profession and to have made important contributions to the national and international field of research.

The position has a requirement of at least five weeks’ training in teaching and learning in higher education or that corresponding knowledge has been obtained in some other way.

The applicant is to be proficient in Swedish and English. If Swedish language skills are lacking on taking up the position, the professor is to have acquired Swedish language skills within two years to an extent that enables teaching in Swedish and participation in drafting and decision-making bodies within the university system.

 For the appointment of a professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • a very good national and international standing as a researcher in which the requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject specialisation
  • a very good ability to conduct, develop and lead educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods
  • a good ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD
  • a good ability to engage with wider society and communicate their activities
  • a good general ability to lead and develop activities

In addition to the above, the following are specific qualifications that should be thoroughly documented in the application:

  • experience of research on schools and the teaching profession
  • obtained external research grants
  • experience of practice-based research on schools
  • personal teaching experience in schools and or/collaborations with schools
  • experience of critical policy studies concerning schools and education

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

Instructions for the application

The application must conform to the instructions that can be downloaded at 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.


The university applies individual salary setting.

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 Educational Sciences is part of the Faculties of Humanities and Theology at Lund University. Researchers at the department conducts research in the field of educational sciences with a number of different specialisations, including subject didactics, higher education and school and educational history and sociology. The department cooperates with a number of schools and school authorities. It is also the central hub in the extensive network of the Teacher Education at Lund University. The department also includes the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), which offers courses for teachers at Lund University and conducts higher education development work in areas such as e-learning.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/34
Johanna Johansson, Faculty Coordinator,
Sinikka Neuhaus, Assistant Head of Department,
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Published 01.Apr.2022
Last application date 30.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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