Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geograhy and Ecosystem Science

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 Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science (INES) has about 100 employees, the majority being active within research. Research groups within biogeophysics/biogeochemistry, ecosystem science, remote sensing, GIS and climatology investigate landscape and ecosystem processes based on laboratory studies, field measurements, data analysis and modelling. The department hosts a Bachelor of Science programme in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis and a Bachelor of Science programme in Meteorology and Biogeophysics. Five Masters programmes are offered ( Undergraduate programmes have a strong participation by international students, and all teaching is given in English.

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 4 year, with the opportunity to promotion to senior lecturer.

Job description
The principle duties of the appointee will be to carry out research and contribute to postgraduate training in Ecosystem Science, establishing a research programme of a high international standard within the subject area of the appointment, having relevant linkages to existing research areas of INES, particularly ecosystem modelling and spatial analysis. Consideration should also be given to establishing possible collaboration and synergies with Lund University’s Strategic Research Areas – notably Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate (BECC;, Modelling the Regional and Global Earth System (MERGE; and eSSENCE (E-Science; – to the Lund University-hosted research infrastructure Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS Sweden; and the ICOS Carbon Portal (

The appointee will also participate in development and teaching of the undergraduate curricula of the department, and supervise Bachelor and Masters level dissertation projects.

Additional duties include outreach and engagement with stakeholders and the wider community.

A person who holds a doctorate, or a qualification equivalent to a doctorate, shall be qualified for appointment as an Associate Senior Lecturer. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than 7 years before the application closing date.

For this position the qualified applicants must have a doctorate within the field of Physical Geography, Ecosystem Science or another discipline of relevance to the subject area of the appointment.

For academic staff at Lund University the general qualification requirements are to be suited to and having the general ability required to complete the duties of the post well.

Basis of Assessment
The main selection criteria for the position are scientific and pedagogic skills, with an emphasis on scientific skills.

Candidates will be selected based on an assessment of their potential to develop and carry out internationally competitive research on the global carbon cycle and related issues based on modelling, spatial analysis or other methods. Emphasis is placed on the quality and quantity of scientific publications and other academic achievements indicative of emerging independence and a potential to develop as a leader in their research specialisation. Existing linkages to relevant international research networks and a record of funding success are expected.

Advantages include: 

- international recognition within the subject area of the appointment;

- documented experience in the supervision of doctoral students as main or co-supervisor;

- documented skills in teaching for higher education;

- experience of teaching and course development in ecosystem modelling, geographic information systems (GIS) or spatial data analysis.

Candidates should include an independent research plan as part of their application. This plan should indicate how the applicant´s research would strengthen the research profile of the Department and also indicate the research environments with which the candidate could potentially develop interactions.

Very good skills in written and spoken English are required.

It is expected that any non-Swedish speaking appointee within a three-year period will master the Swedish language well enough to be able to teach and to communicate with the university administration in Swedish.

When making the appointment, consideration will be given to the Lund University Appointment Rules.

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.

Design and content of the application
The application should be formulated according to the Faculty of Sciences instructions for applications for an academic position.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible but no later than 1 January 2018
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2061
  • Professor Benjamin Smith, Deputy Head of Dep, +46-46-222 43 54,
  • Professor Karin Hall, prefekt, Head of Department, +46-46-222 95 79,
  • Recruitment Officer Helen Johansson, +46-46 222 36 09,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 30.Jun.2017
Last application date 15.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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