PhD candidate in Business Administration, Marketing


Lund University, Department of Business Administration

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

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

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is accredited by the three largest and most influential accreditation institutes for business schools: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Only just over 100 business schools in the world have achieved this prestigious Triple Crown accreditation.

The Department of Business Administration is announcing one PhD candidate position in the field of Marketing.

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, four years fulltime studies. The initial appointment is for one year, which is then renewed for no more than two years at a time.
Extent: 100%
Location: Department of Business Administration, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund
First day of employment: 1st September or by agreement

About Marketing at the Department of Business Administration

The Department of Business Administration is the largest department at Lund University School of Economics and Management with about 180 employees and 4,000 students at undergraduate and graduate level.

We conduct extensive research and postgraduate education and have about 40 doctoral students. The department has the following research areas: accounting, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, organisation and leadership, research policy, and strategy.

Marketing can be defined as an activity, entity or process that creates, communicates, and delivers offerings and value to customers, clients, partners, other stakeholders and society as a whole. The department’s research as well as teaching in marketing links to all aspects of marketing but with a focus on brands, consumption, retailing and internationalisation.

The strength of the marketing group lies in the ability to address the above areas from multiple perspectives. We focus equally on research and teaching, cultural and managerial perspectives, consumer and professional markets, qualitative and quantitative methods, and academic and practical interests. Within these perspectives, we are currently focusing heavily on sustainability and digitalisation issues.

Work tasks

Regulations concerning appointment as a PhD student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1–7 §§ and SFS 1998:80. For appointment to the position, you are required to be eligible for admission to the doctoral (PhD) programme in Business Administration.

The PhD programme in Business Administration at Lund University is a four-year programme consisting of two parts: a course package comprising 90 ECTS credits, and a PhD thesis comprising 150 ECTS credits. The main task is therefore to devote yourself to your research project and participation in postgraduate courses.

As a PhD student you will mainly be working with your research project, but you can also be given more general tasks at the department, e.g. teaching, research or administrative work, in accordance with the regulations in SFS 1998:80.

Eligibility/Entry requirements

Admission requirements for the PhD programme:

  • General admission requirements: A master’s degree, and 240 completed ECTS credits of university studies. A person may also meet the general entry requirements if he/she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • Specific admission requirements: At least 90 completed ECTS credits in a subject relevant to the research studies, including a degree project relevant to the research studies, equivalent to at least 15 credits. A person may also meet the specific entry requirements if he/she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Requirements for the employment:

  • Very high proficiency in English, in speech and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently.

Basis of Assessment

The applicants will be assessed on the basis of their prospects of meeting the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD) in Business Administration. Particular emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • Academic results, particularly on the master’s level.
  • Bachelor’s and master’s theses (with special importance attached to the master’s thesis).
  • Relevance and viability of the research plan.
  • Other results and distinctions which attest to the applicant’s ability to profit from the PhD programme.
  • Other knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis work and the subject of the programme. These can be demonstrated through the attached documents and/or a possible interview.

Decisions on admission to the PhD programme are made by the Head of department after consultation with the Director of the PhD programme and, if necessary, additional co-assessors with special expertise in the applicant’s intended thesis area.

Type of employment

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

Application Procedure

Your application is to be written in Swedish or English.

Submit your application by clicking on the “login and apply” button.

The application is to contain the following documents:

  • A complete application form
  • Cover letter (max. 2 pages)
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages. See template.
  • Degree certificates of your bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • Copy of your master’s thesis, and, where appropriate, your Bachelor’s thesis.
  • Executive summary (1.000 words) of your master’s thesis, and, where appropriate, your Bachelor’s thesis
  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Copies of certificates and copies of any other documents that you wish to include in your application

All submitted documents must be attested as to their authenticity.

Last day for applying: 2 June 2023

For further information please contact

Jens Rennstam, Director of research and PhD programme

Type of employmentTemporary position
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent100
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2023/1533
  • Jens Rennstam,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Last application date02.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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