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 explores the possibility of fundamental physics experiments at the upcoming European Spallation Source in Lund.

Job description
The position entails research within or in close proximity to the  three areas in which the Theoretical Particle Physics group is currently active, preferably overlapping with at least two of them, in order to maintain and strengthen the cohesion of the group, as well as teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Research will be conducted on at least 70% of full time. The work assignments of the position, as well as the relative proportions of research and teaching, may change over time.

The person is expected to conduct active advanced research within the area, which also includes active work in applying for external funding and developing collaborations with other university units and other Swedish and international organizations involved in this type of research. The person is also expected to take some responsibility for the collegial leadership of the department.

Those qualified for appointment as a Senior Lecturer are a person who has demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a PhD or has the corresponding research competence (according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 4, section 4). For this position the qualified applicants must have a doctorate in Theoretical Particle Physics or a nearby field.

It is a requirement to have completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means. In certain cases exceptions can be made from this requirement.

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
Documented research skills are required within or in close proximity preferentially to several of the areas in which the Theoretical Particle Physics group is currently active. The applicant should describe current research themes and present a research plan for the next few years, and how to contributes to the research at the Department. Scientific qualifications will be evaluated mainly based on quality and number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Today, research and postgraduate studies at the University are largely based on the ability and competence of the individual researcher to obtain external funding. Hence, a capability to obtain research grants in national or international competition is a requirement.

Documented experience of teaching and development of new course curricula, at basic as well as advanced (including postgraduate) levels within the applicants’ own and adjacent fields are merits. Documented experience of supervision of Masters and PhD students is also a merit. Documented experience in communicating science, and the  societal values of research, are likewise merits.

In addition, importance will be attached as to how the applicant, through documented skills and experience, can strengthen and supplement the Departments´ research and teaching in this field.

The assessment of teaching expertise shall be given as much care as the assessment of research expertise.

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

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.

A highly qualified Senior University Lecturer may after the start of the employment apply to be promoted to full professor.

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 Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018-09-01 or by agreement.
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2963
  • Assistant head of department Johan Rathsman, +46(0)46-222 34 95,
  • 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 20.Nov.2017
Last application date 18.Dec.2017 11:59 PM CET

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