Phd Student in MKV with focus on strategic communication

Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences,

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.

We are now looking for a phd student in Media and Communication Studies with a focus on strategic communication.

Work duties

The main duties are to devote themselves to their own research education, which includes both own research and third cycle courses. In addition to doctoral studies, participation in teaching and other departmental work (max 20 %) may also be included. 

Strategic communication deals with the study of organizations' conscious communication efforts to achieve their overall goals. The research will highlight, create an understanding of and critically examine the communication processes that govern and shape organizations in our society and the effects of strategic communication. 

The research at the department is in a number of different sub-areas within the field, but mainly in the areas of organizational communication, political communication, disinformation (information influence), crisis communication, visual communication, corporate branding and digital media (for more information see our website 

The doctoral programme in Media and Communication Studies at Lund University is given jointly by the Department of Strategic Communication and the Department of Communication and Media. For more information about the doctoral programme, see here. 


General eligibility for third-cycle studies requires that the applicant has completed: a second-cycle degree, completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle level, or in some other way in Sweden or abroad acquired largely equivalent knowledge.

In addition to the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies, the doctoral student must have at least 30 credits in the main field of study Media and Communication Studies at advanced level or acquired equivalent knowledge (for example in strategic communication) in Sweden or abroad.

The doctoral student must also have completed independent projects of at least 15 credits at second-cycle level.

The applicant should have such knowledge of English that he/she can assimilate research literature, third-cycle courses and participate actively in seminar activities.

Assessment criteria

When appointing, consideration shall primarily be given to the degree of ability to benefit from the doctoral education.

The applicant must have a basic education related to and experience in strategic communication, media and communication studies, rhetoric or equivalent. Great emphasis is placed on the applicant's master's thesis (or equivalent degree project) and the presented thesis idea.

The assessment will also take into account the ability to work independently and structured, but also the ability to contribute to good collaboration and a good research environment at the department.

Type of employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD- studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. The employment is limited to 4 years in the case of full-time studies. In the case of teaching and other departmental duties, the employment is extended correspondingly, but not more than 5 years (at 20 % departmental duties). Doctoral student employment is regulated in the Ordinance SFS 1993:100 (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Section 7). The position is planned to start in January 2024 or according to agreement.

Instructions on how to apply

The application must be attached: 
1) CV with certified copies of degree certificates, academic grades and other relevant certificates 2) a copy of the Master's thesis and, where applicable, the applicant's other scientific
publications (e.g. articles in scientific journals)
3) a personal letter describing the applicant's background, interest in the subject and intention of the doctoral education
4) a thesis sketch where the applicant presents an idea for the thesis (maximum five pages)
5) contact information for two reference persons.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Welcome with your application!

Type of employmentTemporary position
Contract typeFull time
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent100
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2023/1290
  • Åsa Thelander, +4642356628
  • Mozhgan Zachrison, +4642356529
  • Anna Borg, +46462224806
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Last application date15.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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