The Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CTR) and The Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) are looking for an ambitious scholar in Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at the start of their career who researches on Islam in the contemporary Middle East.
The work duties associated with the position mainly consist of research, within the specialization of the call (see below), and teaching in the first and second cycles of study in Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. The position includes at least 50 percent research and no more than 50 percent teaching and administrative duties. The position is placed at the CTR but linked to the Strategic Research Area Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW). The MECW research program consists of four research themes and the research conducted by the assistant senior lecturer should connect to one or several of these themes: 1) Environment and sustainable development; 2) Security and sustainable peace; 3) Democratization, migration and sustainable socio-economic development; and 4) Religion, identity and culture.
The successful candidate shall pursue research in Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies within the MECW program. All MECW scholars are, however, able to conduct independent research, which relates to the overarching themes of the MECW program. They are free to choose their own research topics, develop their own theoretical ideas and apply the research methods they deem best suited. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to conduct high-quality teaching at all levels in Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. The main work place will be both at CMES and CTR.
Associate senior lecturer is a position that shall provide opportunities for teaching and research qualifications. The position shall first and foremost provide scope for developing research qualifications. The scope of the position shall also provide an opportunity for training in teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to at least five weeks.
At CTR and CMES, we nurture the work environment, which is why employees are expected to be an active presence in the departmental environment and participate in the collegial community. A good ability to cooperate is a requirement.
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CTR) and Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)
The presence of Islamic Studies at Lund University dates back to 1983 with establishment of the first Chair of Islamic Studies in Sweden. Since then, Islamic Studies at Lund University has included the study and analysis of Islam and Muslims in the past and present, focusing in particular on how Islam is interpreted in the present. Approaching Islam as a historical and human phenomenon, Islamic Studies is understood as a multidisciplinary field of study which is associated with a number of research traditions from the Humanities and Social Sciences. The appointment of Oliver Scharbrodt as new Chair of Islamic Studies in 2022 furthers research activities illustrating the diversity of Islam in different historical and geographical contexts.
The Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) was established in 2007 to support, coordinate and expand on research at Lund University on the Middle East. CMES coordinates the Strategic Research Area (SRA) “The Middle East in the Contemporary World” (MECW) since 2009. The Strategic Research Area, under the leadership of Professor Karin Aggestam and Professor Ronny Berndtsson, includes more than thirty scholars from five different faculties at Lund University.
A PhD or the corresponding research expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post (Islamic Studies) and the duties that it will involve. Primary consideration should be given to a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise within five years of the deadline for application for employment as an associate senior lecturer. However, a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise at an earlier date may also be considered if there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances are sick leave, parental leave or other similar circumstances.
- The ability to teach in English.
- Good cooperation skills.
- a good ability to develop and carry out high-quality research
- teaching skill
Furthermore, weight will be attached to the applicant’s assessed ability to achieve sufficient merit for promotion to senior lecturer within the time frame of the associate senior lecturer position.
Equal attention will be given to the applicants’ teaching and research expertise.
Specific qualifications of additional merit
- Experience of developing and independently carry out high-quality research, participate in international collaboration and engage in interdisciplinary settings,
- the applicant’s research expertise and progression in Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies,
- demonstrated ability to obtain external research grants,
- ability to develop and independently carry out high-quality research on Islam in the contemporary Middle East together with other researchers in national and international contexts,
- ability to conduct research in at least one of the languages of the contemporary Middle East.
Instructions for the application
The application must conform to the instructions that can be downloaded at
www.ht.lu.se/en/the-faculties/academic-vacancies/instructions-for-applicants. 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.
Fixed term appointment, four years, according to Chapter 4, Section 12 b The Higher Education Ordinance with possibility for promotion to senior lecturer. The University applies individual salary-setting.
Venue: Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Application Deadline: August 17, 2023