PhD Scholarship Position in Labour Law at Lund University

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship at Lund University. The funds for this position are available for four years. Applications are invited up to October 01, 2019.

The Faculty of Law is one of Lund Universitys four founding faculties. The Faculty has approximately 2 000 students enrolled in first and second-cycle courses and programmes, around 160 staff members including 40 doctoral students.

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The Faculty of Law is offering one doctoral student position for a Doctor of Laws Degree within labour law. The doctoral student position is partly financed by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte) and is integrated into a larger research project 'Prolonged Working Lives, Older Workers and Dismissals. A Study of the Dynamics between Employment Protection, Non-Discrimination and Collective Bargaining'. Intended supervisors are Professors Mia Rnnmar and Jenny Juln Votinius.

An ageing population is a pressing societal trend, which poses specific challenges for labour law and collective bargaining. The research project will contribute with new knowledge on labour law and the role of the social partners in this context. The research project seeks to address the following problem: to what extent does the legal protection in dismissal situations in Sweden, provided by employment protection, non-discrimination and collective bargaining, enable older workers to keep their employment and thus contribute to the general promotion of prolonged working lives? The research project combines employment protection law, non-discrimination law and elder law and includes the important interplay between Swedish law and EU law. The research project adopts an interdisciplinary industrial relations-perspective, for example, through studies of collective agreements. The research project will be carried out within the Norma Research Programme, and its Elder Law Research Environment, and in collaboration with the Health Law Research Centre at the Faculty of Law.

The doctoral project will focus either on the legal protection of older workers in dismissals for personal reasons (including a study of case law from the Swedish Labour Court) or on older workers, non-discrimination law and aspects related to age, disability and gender.

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. Before a doctorate has been awarded, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full time post. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 2)

The researchers and teachers at the Faculty are expected to contribute to a dynamic research environment as well as to other Faculty activities, and to perform work primarily in the workplace provided by the Faculty.

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)

The special requirements are fulfilled by those who have completed a law programme and obtained the degree Master of Laws (juris kandidatexamen/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.

Applicants with Swedish juristexamen/juris kandidatexamen degrees must have attained a grade average of Ba in the compulsory courses of the undergraduate programme. Applicants holding other degrees must have attained in principle an equivalent grade average in comparable portions of the degree programme. Only where very special circumstances apply may the Faculty Board approve exemption from this rule.

The applicant must have obtained the degree of Master of Laws or the equivalent no later than 1 October 2019.

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 Faculty of Law, which are given in no particular order of importance.

- quality and content of the applicants previous written work, such as a masters thesis

- ability to participate actively in the facultys research environment

- 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

- capacity for creativity and innovation in the formulation of the research questions and approaches

Application should be submitted through Lund University job application portal .

Your application should contain a curriculum vitae, grade transcripts, project description, a master thesis or similar degree projects, one or two references (manager, supervisor etc.) and other documents that you wish to submit.

The starting point of the doctoral project is the research project 'Prolonged Working Lives, Older Workers and Dismissals'. The general framework of the doctoral project - its aim and research questions - is set by this research project. To access the project description for the research project, please contact Mia Rnnmar (

The project description of the applicant should against this background aim at a discussion of the doctoral project, and its context, specific aim and research questions, relevant legal regulation, current state of research and possible theoretical and methodological approaches etc. In the project description the applicant should also describe knowledge, abilities and experiences of relevance to the doctoral project and it successful implementation.

The project description, enclosed in the electronic application, must not exceed 15000 characters including spaces, footnotes, list of references etc.) (n.b. - any text that exceeds the 15000 character limit will not be considered) and must be written in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the project description for guidance, but please note that in this case the general framework of the doctoral project already follow from the larger research Project.

The Committee on Doctoral Education will call a limited number of candidates to interviews to be held during week 46, either by personal meetings or by video conference/telephone. Notification regarding who will be called for an interview is given no later than October 16. The interview will be based on the project description and is intended to give the research committee an opportunity to gauge each applicant's capacity for research and ability to complete the project described.

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7.


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