Doctoral student in Economic History – Innovation and firm performance, Department of Economic History, LUSEM, Lund University27-04-2023 12:14
Those appointed to doctoral studentship shall primarily devote themselves to their studies, aimed to result in a doctoral degree. Work carried out during the studentship consists of participation in research projects as well as successful participation in postgraduate (third-cycle) courses. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may also work, to a limited extent, with educational tasks and administration at the Department of Economic history. However, duties of this kind may not comprise of more than 20 percent of a full time post.
The PhD position is linked to the research project ‘Innovation and firm performance during industrialization’. The PhD student will work in this project in collaboration with other project members.
Eligibility / Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she has:
- Been awarded a second-cycle degree; or
- Satisfied the requirements for courses comprising of at least 240 credits of which at least 60 creditswere awarded in the second-cycle; or
- Acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
(Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 39)
Specific admission requirements for doctoral studies in each subject are specified in the relevant general syllabus, available at https://www.lusem.lu.se/study/phd.
A proficient level of English is required in both written and oral communication.
Basis of assessment
Admittance of a doctoral student is based on an assessment of the candidate’s ability to benefit from third-cycle studies, see the general syllabus for third-cycle studies, available at https://www.lusem.lu.se/study/phd.
The applicant’s ability to benefit from third-cycle studies and research will primarily be assessed on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle.
Applicant’s general competence:
- Quality and content of previous written work, such as a Master’s thesis.
- Ability to participate actively in the Department’s research environment.
- Ability to perform independent scientific work.
- Experience or interest in using econometric methods and GIS.
- Experience or interest in working with large micro-level databases.
- Proficiency in written and oral communication.
- Relevant educational background, for example in economic history, history, economics or geography.
- Other relevant experiences for third-cycle education, such as work experience.
We are interested in applicants with a strong commitment and interest in the drivers of long-run economic growth and development, as well as quantitative methods and working with large micro-level longitudinaldatabases.
The research project studies growth and economic development from a micro-level perspective making use of newly collected longitudinal data covering the universe of Swedish manufacturing establishments from the 18th century until the 20th century. These data will be paired with, for example, patent records and individual-level census data to study a set of interrelated questions: i) Why do some firms thrive, while others fail? We study the determinants of firm survival between 1864-1900 focusing in particular on how innovation and the adoption of new technologies affected patterns of firm longevity; ii) Why did firms begin to invent? We analyze the historical shift in innovation from independent inventors to firms, as well as examine its determinants and effects on firm performance; and iii) What determines the adoption of new technologies? We study the determinants of the diffusion of steam and electricity across manufacturing plants, also analyzing the impacts of adoption on employment, productivity, and firm survival.
Terms of employment
Fixed-term employment, maximum four years (fulltime studies).
Only those admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral student.
For regulations concerning employment of doctoral students etc, see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.
For regulations concerning admission to third-cycle courses and study programs, see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 34-41.
Please use Lund University job application portal when applying: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/about-university/work-lund-university/applying-position
The application must be written in English.
The application should contain:
- Personal letter in which the applicant gives a short description of him/herself and his/her research interests and its relevance for the project, maximum 3 pages.
- Curriculum vitae.
- Grade transcripts.
- Master thesis or similar degree projects.
- If appropriate, documented language skills relevant for third-cycle studies.
- Other documents that the applicant wishes to submit.
The applicant is encouraged to provide the names of a maximum of two teachers or researchers who are willing to provide references and the department can contact, but recommendation letters should not be included in the application.
Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.