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New director sought for the Pufendorf Institute

Pufendorf exterior

The Pufendorf Institute is looking for a new director to start on 1 January 2022. The director is to be a teaching staff member employed at Lund University with research or artistic expertise. The assignment, which comprises 50% of full-time working hours, is for three years with an option for an extension. The duties begin on 1 January 2022.

In addition to the director, the Pufendorf Institute currently has four staff members, for whom the director leads work activities and has work environment responsibility. The director reports to the institute’s board and the pro vice-chancellor with responsibility for the University’s specialised centres.

The directorship is in the form of an assignment, decided on by the vice-chancellor after consultation with the board of the Pufendorf Institute. The main task is to lead and inspire researchers at the Pufendorf Institute in accordance with the institute’s directives. The director is to work to ensure that the Themes decided on by the board are developed as well as possible and to fulfil set goals. The director is responsible for ensuring that final accounts for the selected Themes are presented to the institute’s board.

The director is the principal rapporteur on the institute’s board. It is the director’s task to keep the board continuously informed about activities and ensure that all matters for which the board has a decision-making responsibility are processed by the board.

Person specification

The director of the institute is to be:

  • employed at Lund University
  • a teaching staff member with research or artistic expertise
  • an experienced researcher and research team leader

The director is to have experience of:

  • a leadership role vis-à-vis staff
  • extensive budget responsibility

Applications are to be sent to sara [dot] virkelyst [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se by 20 August 2021 at the latest, and include a CV and cover letter.

Questions can be addressed to: Bo Ahrén, chair of the Pufendorf Institute Board +46 70 552 07 58, bo [dot] ahren [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Ann-Katrin Bäcklund, director of the Pufendorf Institute +46 46 222 71 04, ann-katrin [dot] backlund [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se

Read more about the Pufendorf institute


Facts about the Pufendorf Institute

The Pufendorf Institute, established in 2008, is Lund University’s “Institute for Advanced Studies”. The institute is housed in the Classicum building on Sölvegatan and organisationally is part of the University’s specialised centres.  

The Pufendorf Institute provides an open, creative, multidisciplinary environment in which researchers at Lund University are given the opportunity to develop research problem areas for which solutions require knowledge from several disciplines in collaboration. The aim is to catalyse dynamic research collaborations that not only vitalise the University but also result in the University’s researchers being able to successfully compete for research funding.

The most important form of work at the Pufendorf Institute is conducted within Themes, which are decided on by the board, following an application process within the University and a review by international external experts. These Themes, involving researchers who are paid for their work one day per week at the institute, are interdisciplinary. The institute also admits groups of unpaid researchers who are brought together in “advanced study groups”. The groups that work at the institute invite temporary external lecturers as well as visiting researchers who work here for extended periods. Contacts with the Theme groups and their visiting researchers are an important part of the activities, as is contact with external experts in the review of Theme applications. It is therefore important that the director has interdisciplinary experience. There are thoughts about possibly broadening the Pufendorf Institute’s activities. The director will participate in such development work.