Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, institutionen för astronomi och teoretisk fysik

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 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 activities of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics are centred around three main areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Theoretical Particle Physics; and Computational Biology and Biological Physics. Our research is driven by our curiosity to understand reality, from the smallest of particles to the largest astronomical structures, as well as the structure of Life itself. We have a strong international position in all three areas, and we are actively working on further strengthening our international profile.

We seek a PhD student for a project with the aim to further develop theoretical tools used for DNA barcode experiments. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with several experimental partners.

Work duties

The work concerns applied mathematics and involves, for example, global optimization problems, applied statistics and programming. 


The position is open to students of all nationalities who fulfil the basic and special eligibility demands in the study plan In brief, the requirements are that the student, at the time of starting the PhD studies, should have completed courses equivalent to at least 240 credits, of which 60 must be at advanced (MSc) level in physics, bioinformatics, computational biology or associated subjects, or who in other ways obtained the equivalent qualifications. In case of uncertainty concerning the applicant's eligibility, it is advisable to contact the department for clarification.

Information on the PhD programme:

Evaluation criteria

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Strong background in applied mathematics and good programming skills are required. Experience of development of theory for DNA barcodes, as well as documented experience of collaboration with experimental groups is meritorious. Good knowledge of English is necessary.

Required documents

Enclose (1) personal letter, (2) academic CV, and (3) brief research summary (e.g., of degree project; max 1 page).

Type of employment

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2017 by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/1397
  • Tobias Ambjörnsson, Senior university lecturer, +46-46-2229081,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
Published 05.May.2017
Last application date 26.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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