Doctoral position at the CTR in Lund

Doctoral student at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, within the project Scripture and Secularism

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 46 000 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.

The doctoral student will be part of the project Scripture and Secularism: Mapping the Impact of the Bible on the Conceptualizations of Europe, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

The project Scripture and Secularism is a reception history inquiry into the ways the Bible has been seen as supportive of, and even foundational for, ideas and ideologies of Secular Europe since 1945.

The doctoral project should address questions relating to how the Bible and the Qur’an are perceived and used in a diversity of arenas, from political debates, thinktanks, and legal cases, to print and digital media, educational material, and by public intellectuals. By undertaking comparative work on the reception of the Qur’an and the Bible in public discourses in Europe, the doctoral research will contribute to the overall aim of the Scripture and Secularism project, namely to demonstrate the mechanisms whereby Christianity comes to be seen as ‘natural’ to Europe, while Islam is construed as ‘other’.

The doctoral position will be interdisciplinary, working in both biblical reception history and Islamic studies. 

The doctoral student will be admitted to one of the following subjects:

– Old Testament Exegesis

– Global Christianity and Interreligious Relations

– Jewish Studies

– Church History

– New Testament Exegesis

– Practical Theology

– Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

– History of Religion

– History of Religion specialising in Islamology

– Systematic Theology

Information about the different subjects can be found at

Information about doctoral studies at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology can be found at

Work assignments

Doctoral education. Departmental work, such as teaching and administrative tasks, can be assigned.

Admission requirements

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

Assessment criteria

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

The application must include:

– CV/list of qualifications including relevant administrative and educational qualifications

– cover letter

– records of first- and second-cycle studies (attested copies of official transcripts of records)

– documentation of language skills of relevance for the research studies

– first- and second-cycle theses/degree projects

– any scholarly publications

– project proposal (1500 words max. excluding references)

Instructions for applying for a doctoral student position can be found here:

Type of employment

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

About The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology
The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have around 700 employees and around 4000 students. 

The Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CTR) has existed under various names in Lund ever since the University became operational in 1668. CTR conducts teaching in the specialisations of history of religions and religious behavioural science, biblical studies, church and mission studies and studies in faith and world views. Research is carried out within all the disciplines of religious studies and theology. 

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Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment1 september 2023
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent100 %
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2023/41
ContactKristina Arnrup Thorsbro, Faculty Secretary, Strømmen, Director of Project,ženka Scheuer, Dep. Head of Department,
Union representativeSACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,örbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
Last application date15.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET