PhD and Post-Doc Applications


We invite applications for up to eight PhD positions and one post-doc position in the LUCID research school at Lund University.

LUCID is a Linnaeus programme sponsored by The Swedish Research Council Formas for the period 2008-2018. It operates as a cross-faculty consortium of four departments, coordinated by the faculty independent Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). Linnaeus Grants are awarded to exceptionally strong environments performing research of the highest international quality and aiming at innovative research.

Research focus

LUCID aims at creating new and unique synergies across natural and social sciences in order to develop novel integrated theories and methods for addressing complex sustainability issues. The research is anchored in natural scientific understanding, social science theories and ethical considerations. LUCID research focuses on four global challenges expressed as research themes: climate change, biodiversity loss, land use change, and water scarcity. LUCID is informed by two scientific approaches, problem-solving and critical research, to understand how society can and should grapple with these global challenges. Our research seeks to offer theoretical, methodological and practical contributions to the broad and emerging field of sustainability science.

The call for applicants covers the following positions (you may apply to more than one):

1 PhD position in Human Ecology (#1)
1 PhD position in Human Geography (#2)
1 PhD position in Philosophy (#3)
1 PhD position in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science (#4)
1 PhD position in Political Science (#5)
2 PhD positions in Sustainability Science (#6)

In addition to the above, LUCID in collaboration with the research group in Social Medicine and Global Health invites applicants to positions in the related theme of environmental global health, under the specific heading: Environmental conditions as determinants of community health in the Lake Victoria Basin (East Africa) – the role of social entrepreneurship:

1 PhD position in Global Health (#7)
1 Postdoc position in Sustainability Science (#8)


For the PhD positions, we seek highly motivated applicants with a Master’s degree relevant to LUCID research and ambitions such as, but not limited to: development studies; environmental studies; global studies; sustainability science; or one of the founding disciplines in LUCID: human ecology; human geography; philosophy; physical geography; political science, and sustainability science; plus public or global health or any equivalent degree for the special theme.

For the Postdoc position we seek applicants with a PhD degree not older than three years primarily in Sustainability Science or other relevant disciplines.

Successful candidates will be part of a collaborative and interactive team and contribute to the development of a young, vibrant and interdisciplinary research environment. Therefore, demonstrated record of collaboration and co-operation is a merit.

Assessment process

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the LUCID Steering Group. This means that all applications will be assessed in the same process by a multidisciplinary team. The assessment process will include (video)interviews with shortlisted candidates. Decisions are expected within one month of the application deadline. Successful candidates are expected to start on 1 September 2015.

Application instructions

If you apply to PhD position #4, please submit a separate application here

All other positions can be applied to by sending the application to:, please use subject line: Application: Firstname.Surname 

These instructions must be followed strictly:

The application should be in the form of a single pdf-file that includes CV and a research plan. The research plan should be closely related to one or several of the four LUCID research themes or the special theme of environmental global health. Please refer to the LUCID science plan and/or the article Structuring Sustainability Science .

The research plan must be written in English using font Times New Roman (12 pt), 1.5 line spacing, and margins 2.5 cm.

The first page of the application must specify:

  • Preferred affiliation(s) (i.e., position number(s)).
  • Name and contact information of applicant.
  • Name and contact information to 3 individuals who have agreed to provide reference.
  • Project title (max. 20 words).
  • Project abstract (max. 200 words).

The following two pages:

  • Curriculum Vitae and list of publications.

Subsequent pages:

  • Main research proposal text (max. 1200 words)
  • Literature references

Deadline for applications: 9 February 2015.

Planned start of positions: 1 September 2015.

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