Doctoral student/s in Business Law

Lund University
September 15 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Business Law is offering at least one doctoral position in the research area of Business Law for a Doctor of Laws or a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The Department of Business Law is an important part of Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM). At the department, undergraduate and postgraduate studies and research are currently being conducted within a range of legal subjects, with particular focus on rules and norms that are important for economic activity, nationally as well as internationally. The institution unites, in a familiar and integrated manner, the traditions of Lund University with the dynamics of an ever-changing subject. The department is characterized by a good and welcoming atmosphere and an interest in the role of business law in society. At the department, which has about 30 employees, 500 students are trained on a full-year basis.

Job assignments

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration. Duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full time post. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 2).

As a doctoral student at the Department of Business Law, you are expected to contribute to a dynamic research environment as well as to other Department activities and at the Lund University School of Economics and Management, and to perform work primarily in the workplace provided by the Department.

The position does primarily focus on business law areas such as contract law, corporate law, tort and tax law, with importance for the corporate world.

Eligibility/Entry requirements

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 3)

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, orhas satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, orhas acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 7 section 39)The special requirements are fulfilled by those who have completed a law programme and obtained the degree Mater of Laws (juris kandidatexanen/juristexamen). The special requirements may also be fulfilled by those who can demonstrate other educational or particular professional experience where this is judged to provide the necessary qualification for doctoral studies comparable to that provided by the degree of Master of Laws (juris kandidatexamen/juristexamen) regarding both the subject for doctoral study and general legal education of importance for that subject.

Other requirements

Adequate knowledge in English is a requirement. Since most courses in business law are taught in Swedish, proficiency in Swedish will be of importance.

The successful applicant is likely to have a degree in law or business law with a theoretic interest in the relation between law and business in a broad sense. We would also appreciate if the application showed openness also in relation to other scientific areas at Lund University School of Economics and Management, such as economics and business administration.

Basis of assessment

For regulations concerning employment of Doctoral Students etc, see Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 sections 1-7.

For regulations concerning admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes, see Higher Education Ordinance chapter 7 sections 34-41.

Admittance of a doctoral student is based on an assessment of the candidate's ability to benefit from third-cycle studies (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 5, chapter 7 sections 35, 41).

The applicant's ability to benefit from third-cycle studies and research will be assessed with reference to the selection criteria stated in the general study plan for third-cycle studies at the Department of Business Law, which are given in no particular order of importance.

Applicant´s general competence:

quality and content of the applicant´s previous written work, such as a master´s thesis;ability to participate actively in the Department´s research environment;relevant educational background and grades/grade average;relevant work experience.Scientific quality of the project description:

ability to describe, question and discuss the current state of research;sufficient clarity and logical coherence in the formulation of the arm and the research questions;stringency of legal reasoning and analysis;adequate selection of theory and methods. Type of employment

Limit of tenure, maximum four years (fulltime research) according to HF 5 kap 7§. The employment is reviewed annually in relation to the achievement of study objectives.

Application procedure

Please use Lund University job application portal when applying.

Your application should contain

a personal letter in which the applicant gives a short description of him/herself and his/her research interests,a curriculum vitae,grade transcripts,project plan/description (maximum 15 000 characters),a master thesis or similar degree projects,if appropriate, documented language skills relevant for third-cycle studies;one or two references (manager, supervisor etc.) andother documents that you wish to submit.The project description, enclosed in the electronic application, must not exceed 15 000 characters (n.b. - any part of the text that exceeds the 15 000 character limit will not be considered) including spaces, footnotes, list of references and must be written in English or Swedish.

A Research Committee at the Department will call a limited number of candidates to interviews to be held during the Autumn 2017, either by personal meetings or by video conference/telephone. Notification regarding who will be called for an interview is given as soon as possible. The interview will be based on the project description and is intended to give the committee an opportunity to gauge each applicant's capacity for research and ability to complete the project described.


- Andreas Inghammar, Prefekt, 046-222 33 64,

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