Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical 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 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.

The Theoretical Particle Physics group currently consists of seven senior scientists, two postdoctoral fellows and ten graduate students. The research is focused on three main areas: various aspects of QCD and collider phenomenology, with emphasis on event generator development; hadron and flavour physics, notably with chiral perturbation theory as a tool; and the phenomenology of physics beyond the Standard Model, especially Higgs physics and unified gauge theories. Further information about the group can be found on the website

We enjoy good relations with the experimental particle physics group in Lund, which is a member of ATLAS and ALICE, and which also explores the possibility of fundamental physics experiments at the upcoming European Spallation Source in Lund.

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

Job description
The work tasks are primarily phenomenological research within the Standard Model with emphasis on the development of event generators, as well as teaching on basic and graduate levels, with at least 80% research. The proportion between teaching and research can change over time and other duties can be included.

The successful candidate is expected to play a key role in building up active research within the specified field and neighbouring research areas. This also involves applying for external funding and developing cooperation with other university units and other Swedish or international organisations involved in this type of research.

The teaching comprises courses on all levels within the field, as well as supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students.

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 application closing date. For this position the qualified applicants must have a doctorate in theoretical particle physics or a nearby field.

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. The potential to attract future external funding and the ability to establish contacts with other research groups are important factors in the assessment.

Emphasis will also be put on the extent to which the applicant can contribute to the development of the education and strengthen the research profile at the Department. Special emphasis will be put on documented experience of the development of phenomenological models, and the implementation of these in event generators, preferably within the Pythia8 framework. Documented collaborative abilities are also of great importance. Relevant  post-doctoral experience is a merit, as well as experience of planning, developing and implementing teaching.

Particular importance will be placed on the applicant´s independent research plan. This plan should indicate how the applicant´s research can strengthen the research profile of the Department and also indicate the research environments with whom the applicant could potentially form collaborations.

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

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 2018-07-01 or by agreement.
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2962
  • Professor Leif Lönnblad, +46(0)46-222 77 80,
  • Recruitment Officer Helen Johansson, +46(0)46-222 36 09,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46(0)46-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46(0)46-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46(0)46-222 93 66,
Published 02.Oct.2017
Last application date 13.Nov.2017 11:59 PM CET

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