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Call for Postdoc in Gerontology

Lund University is one of Europe's leading universities. Here, history and tradition lay the ground for the study and research environments of tomorrow. We offer education and research within engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics and management, humanities, theology, fine art, music and theatre. Through interaction with business and the community we ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. The University has 47 000 students and 6 300 staff from all over the world, based mainly in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. We work with 680 partner universities in more than 50 countries.

Postdoc in Gerontology
Type of Employment: Temporary employment, 2 years
Extent: 100%
Location: Department of Health Sciences, Lund
First day of employment: to be agreed upon
Official records number: MPA 2012/299

The Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) is one of two national centres of excellence for research on aging and older people, funded by the Research Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS). CASE consists of teams from the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University. Activities have focused on older people at the individual, group, and population levels and on environments that support health, activity, and participation. The research is explicitly interdisciplinary in nature with extensive international cooperation. A graduate school is tied to the center.
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The postdoctoral position is contractually limited to two years, with the possibility of extension if there are special reasons. For more information (in Swedish) see

The research group is also linked to the strategic research area in neuroscience at Lund University - Multi Park.
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Description of the Topic
Gerontology (the study of ageing) is a broad, interdisciplinary field that encompasses diverse perspectives. The research on the elderly and ageing conducted within this particular area falls into the themes “Active and healthy aging" with a specific focus on "Ageing and housing ," "Ageing and public places,"and "Aging with a disability."

Job Assignments
This position primarily involves research but may involve some teaching. The postdoc’s main focus is on research in gerontology in a multidisciplinary environment. The successful candidate is expected to develop and conduct their own research but will also be assigned tasks related to ongoing research projects within the research group, CASE, and/or MultiPark. The postdoc is expected to actively prepare project proposals and applications for external funding. Teaching efforts will be at the graduate level including supervision, but it may also involve work on basic and advanced courses. Research and supervision of graduate students can be on activities within CASE and/or MultiPark and the graduate schools that are linked to these activities. The postdoc is expected to participate in the activities of the research group, CASE, and/or Multi-Park, which means that other tasks may be involved.

A person who holds a doctorate or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a doctorate and who has completed the degree within the three years prior to the last date for applications shall be qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral fellow. Candidates who have completed their degree earlier than this can be considered if there are valid reasons. Valid reasons include leave of absence because of illness, parental leave, clinical work, positions of trust in trade union organisations and student organisations, parental leave and other similar circumstances.
The qualifications for appointment as a postdoc are stated in the Higher Education Ordinance Chaper 4 Sections 5-10 ( For appointment as a postdoc at Lund University, a good ability to develop and carry out high-quality research and teaching ability are needed.

Basis of Assessment
Importance will be given to scientific skills within the current topic, the quality of previous research publications, and the future development potential.


For further information please contact


Susanne Iwarsson, Professor

+46 46 222 1940
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