Doctorate position in General Linguistics, English Language and Linguistics, Cognitive Semiotics or Scandinavian Languagesat Lund University

Three Doctoral students in General Linguistics, English Language and Linguistics, Cognitive Semiotics or Scandinavian Languages

Lund University, Centre for Languages and Literature

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Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University (SOL) is Sweden’s largest university department for languages, linguistics, literature and area studies. SOL provides a wide range of freestanding courses complemented with an increasing number of first and second cycle degree programmes. Housing 33 subjects and roughly the same number of PhD programmes, SOL is a solid foundation for broad and deep education and research, characterised by national and international visibility. SOL is managed by a board chaired by the Head of Department. The management also includes two assistant heads of department with special areas of responsibility. More than 250 people are employed and around 3 000 students, including around 100 PhD students, conduct their studies at SOL.

The positions can be assigned within the following subjects: General Linguistics, English Language and Linguistics, Cognitive Semiotics and Scandinavian Languages. Please state in the application which subject it concerns.

Cognitive semiotics is the study of meaning making writ large, as it is conveyed and simultaneously structured by all kinds of sign vehicles including language, gestures, and pictures, and as it manifests itself in consciousness, perception, and action, even outside of directly communicative contexts.

Cognitive semiotics investigates the properties of our meaningful interactions with the surroundings across all domains of the natural as well as social world. It integrates perspectives, methods, and insights from cognitive science, cognitive linguistics, semiotics, and other human sciences placing signs and sign use as well as other meaning vehicles into a wider context of cognitive, social, and neurobiological processes. In its investigations of the relations between body and mind, cognitive semiotics entertains a close relationship to philosophy, psychology, and biology. Its methodology ranges from phenomenological analysis to experimental studies, integrating first-, second- and third-person methodologies. It investigates wide-ranging theoretical issues bearing on the nature of different kinds of meaning, their connections and the way they develop through history, evolution, and childhood.

At Lund University, the Department of Cognitive Semiotics developed out of a series of collaborative projects involving representatives of the former Department of Semiotics, and others from Linguistics and Cognitive science, and several other human sciences. It has so far been mainly concerned with the evolution and development of different semiotics resources. We have contributed to topics such as gesture studies, the study of pictures, the nature of iconicity and its different manifestations, the evolution and nature of languge, the semantics of actual and non-acual motion, narratology, the structure of cultural encounters, and the epistemology and methodology of the human sciences

Work assignments

Doctoral education. Departmental work can be assigned.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for doctoral studies in each subject are specified in the relevant general syllabus, available at

Assessment basis

The selection process will primarily take into account the applicants’ ability to benefit from third cycle studies. This is assessed from the criteria quality, quantity, progression and relevance. The application must include:

  • records of first- and second-cycle studies (Ladok transcript or other transcript of courses and grades)
  • first- and second-cycle theses/degree projects
  • a list of other relevant administrative and educational qualifications
  • scholarly journal articles, reports or papers of relevance for the subject
  • where applicable, documented skills in a language of relevance for the research studies
  • project proposal (1500 words max. excluding references)

Type of employment

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

Contact details per subject:

Mikael Roll, Ass Professor, General Linguistics,

Carita Paradis, Professor, English Language and Linguistics,

Göran Sonesson, Professor, Cognitive Semiotics,

Marit Julien, Professor, Scandinavian Languages,

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

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Type of employment     Temporary position longer than 6 months

First day of employment        180901

Salary        Monthly salary

Number of positions     3

Working hours    100 %

City  Lund

County      Skåne län

Country     Sweden

Reference number        PA2018/338

Contact      Jesper Olsson, Faculty Coordinator,

Union representative    OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62

SACO: Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64

Published   01.Feb.2018

Last application date    01.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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