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Careers and professional development in academia

Careers and professional development opportunities, in the form of seminars, networks and mentoring programmes are available to those of you working in academia.

Lund University’s professional development programme for researchers and teaching staff – luPOD 2.0

Since the start of 2009, about 200 postdoc junior researchers and teaching staff at Lund University have participated in luPOD. A new version has now been developed and will be launched as luPOD 2.0 in 2016.

luPOD 2.0 has a more senior target group than previously. The programme welcomes applicants from all disciplines/faculties. The programme is in English, lasts a year and is free for all participants. Before you apply, discuss it with your manager.

Programme content

The themes addressed on the programme include:

  • Research funding
  • Review, assessment and expert assignments
  • Academic leadership and group development
  • Recruitment and other appointment processes
  • Research ethics and core values
  • Educational development work
  • Internationalisation and mobility
  • Communication and collaboration

Aim and objective of luPOD 2.0

The overall objective of luPOD 2.0 is for you as a participant to develop in your role at Lund University. Dialogue and shared reflection about experiences and challenges are a central part of the programme.

The aim of luPOD 2.0 is to support participants in their personal and professional development, and thereby contribute to the development of the organisation, and your career and development as an independent researcher at Lund University.

Admission requirements for luPOD 2.0

To meet the admission requirements of the programme, you must be a researcher or teaching staff member with four years’ worth of academic experience since obtaining your PhD (full-time employment). It has been no more than eight years since you obtained your PhD (possibly extended due to parental leave, illness, clinical work or military service). You must also be employed for at least one more year, starting 1 August 2016.

As an applicant, you should have:

  • been employed as a postdoc at another department/equiv. at another higher education institution in Sweden or abroad
  • applied for funding independently or together with others
  • taught courses (as a course director)
  • possibly supervised a doctoral student
  • held or be interested  in a position as a manager or elected representative
  • currently planned or started your own research group

You are increasingly reflecting on your different roles and your organisation in relation to the department, faculty, University, and higher education in general. Above all, you are curious to learn more about yourself and others working at Lund University. Your starting point is that you are motivated to share your experiences and, together with others, reflect on the challenges you face – or will face in the future. You want to help shape the future of Lund University.

PostDoc Training

As a junior researcher, for instance recently appointed postdocs, are welcome to participate in the online PostDoc Training programme in English that provides basic knowledge and tools that can be directly applied to your everyday work. The programme is free for all participants.

Read more and register on the PostDoc Training website

Women IN Great Sciences

Women IN Great Sciences (WINGS) is a network for women who conduct research at the Lund University faculties of Science, Medicine and Engineering (LTH), and in the industry. They organise lunch seminars, workshops and annual networking conferences on different themes.

Read more and become a member on the WINGS website


Page Manager:


Åsa Thormählen
asa.thormahlen [at]

Management group for luPOD

Cecilia Agrell
+46 46 222 44 33
+46 768 48 44 33
cecilia.agrell [at]

Johan Mauritsson
+46 46 222 76 54
johan.mauritsson [at]

Johannes Persson
+46 46 222 09 24
johannes.persson [at]

Helena Sandberg
+46 46 222 03 29
+46 706 11 91 80
helena.sandberg [at]


Telephone: +46 (0)46-222 00 00 (switchboard)
Mailing adress: Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Invoice adress: Box 188, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Organisation number: 202100-3211

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