Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 4 years.

The work tasks are primarily research and teaching on basic and graduate levels, with at least 75% research and supervision of PhD students. The teaching comprises courses on all levels within the field, as well as supervision of bachelor and master students. The proportion between teaching and research can change over time and other duties can be included.

The successful candidate will participate and contribute to the research in particle physics, especially dark matter related data analysis together with the rest of the Lund-ATLAS team. A participation in the Lund contributions to the ATLAS upgrade, to meet the future extreme beam intensities, is also possible. He/she will in addition to the research at the LHC, prepare for next generation of dark matter related experiments, e.g. for direct or indirect observations, if possible also through technical development for future detectors with these purposes.

The successful candidate should also develop how today’s knowledge on dark matter can be integrated in the courses we give, harmonised with the courses given by theoretical physics and astronomy.

The successful candidate will supervise students on bachelor and master level, supervise PhD students and post-doctors, develop his/her pedagogical skills and teach physics at both basic and advanced level.

The teaching will increase to a 25% level during the four years. Participation in outreach activities is included in the work.

The successful candidate is expected to be an active researcher in this field. This includes applying for external financing of the activities and to develop collaboration with other research units at the university and with other organisations working on similar research topics.

A person who holds a doctorate or a qualification equivalent to a doctorate shall be qualified for appointment as an associate senior lecturer. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than 7 years before the last date for application.

A PhD or an equivalent qualification in Experimental Particle Physics and a few years of relevant post-doctoral experience, are specifically required for this position.

Competence in programming in C++ and with working with Linux systems are required.

Very good skills in English, both written and spoken, is a requirement for the position.

Basis of Assessment
The key criteria for a successful candidate is experience from experimental research in accelerator-based Particle Physics, in particular at hadron colliders at the highest available energies.

The proposed research programme is used as part of the assessment of the applicant´s research potential.

Experience with international collaboration and leadership skills are given a high weight in the evaluation of the candidates.

A successful candidate should have demonstrated interest in working with students, and should have successfully done so. Interest in outreach, is highly valued.

The essential criteria for the position are scientific and pedagogical skills, with a large emphasis on the scientific skills.

Potential to strengthen the interdisciplinary area between particle physics and astronomy is highly valued.

Potential to obtain in the future external funding for research, from national and European research councils, is given special weight.

Emphasis will also be put on the extent to which the applicant can complement and strengthen the research and education at the Department. A few years of  post-doctoral experience is a requirement.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for teaching positions are given in Lund University Appointment Rules.
The overall assessment will also take into consideration any personal capabilities that are of value to successfully carry out the duties for this position.

An associate senior lecturer is to be promoted, on application, to employment as a senior lecturer on an indefinite-term contract if he or she has the qualifications required for the post and is assessed to be suitable in accordance with the qualification requirements and assessment criteria established by the Faculty of Science. An associate senior lecturer may only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements and assessment criteria for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer:

  • Well documented research expertise is important for the discipline. The following criteria will be applied:

           - High national and international standing as a researcher
High-quality publications in international research journals.
Independent research profile.
Qualifications corresponding to those of a reader.
Participation in scholarly conferences or workshops.
Research funding from national or international funding bodies.

  • Well documented teaching expertise. The following criteria will be applied:

           - Good subject knowledge and documented experience of teaching at different levels
              of higher education.
Documented ability to develop and renew courses and teaching methods.
Documented ability to lead and organise education.
           - D
ocumented ability to supervise Master´s and PhD students.
Five weeks´training in teaching and learning in higher education or the equivalent.

  • An ability to interact with wider society and provide public information on current research and development.

  • An ability to work as a leader in higher education, including leading research projects and participating in decision-making bodies at university, faculty or department level.

An application for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer is to be submitted to the faculty at the latest 6 months before the appointment as associate senior lecturer ends. The application for promotion is to be judged by the teacher’s appointment board after acquisition of the opinion of at least two experts on the subject.

Required content of the application
The Faculty Board has specified instructions for the application and its accompanying documents. These can be found here. In addition we would like the applicant to include a suggested research programme. Please arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the references to

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2016/2458
  • Professor Torsten Åkesson, +46 46 2227711,
  • Recruitment Officer Helen Johansson, +46 46 2223609,
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds univ, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 22.Jun.2016
Last application date 22.Aug.2016 11:59 PM CET

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