institutionen för naturgeografi och ekosystemvetenskap

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 Boreal forest is the largest forested biome on Earth and has a major effect on climate system by altering e.g. surface albedo, surface roughness, and exchange of energy and gases. While carbon pools and fluxes in boreal forests have had much attention since the 1990’s, other trace gases (e.g. CH4, N2O) have been addressed only recently. For reactive trace gases like ozone and biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC), relatively few data sets are available, despite those being major players in atmospheric chemistry acting as precursors for secondary organic aerosol (SOA), and thus partly controlling cloud formation processes and climate feedbacks. Furthermore, the existing data on ecosystem scale BVOC emission from boreal forest is geographically and climatically very limited. This PhD project will concentrate on the emission from mature forest stands.

Job assignment

The position involves creative and varied work and the candidate will become a member of a dynamic, international and multifaceted research group. She/he has an inner drive, and is devoted and motivated to work with state-of-the-art environmental research. She/he is expected to hold a university degree (MSc. or equivalent) in atmospheric or environmental science (or equivalent). Knowledge within the field of atmospheric boundary layer processes and a scientific programming language such as Matlab or R equivalent to a minimum of 15 credits each, are required, as well as a driver’s license (B eligibility). Knowledge within biogeochemical cycles is desirable, as is experience of fieldwork. Demonstrated experience in scientific writing, such as publications, essays or equivalent in English is essential. We are looking for an independent and creative person who thrives in a dynamic research environment. The project requires close collaboration with Swedish and foreign scientists, and accordingly, the applicant should be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Moreover, the candidate should be able to take responsibility for parts of the research project and in an independent way perform field work tasks. Candidates should be willing to spend time during measurement campaigns at measurement station in Norunda and to present their research to an international research community at conferences.


The applicants are expected to hold a university degree (preferably MSc. or equivalent) in natural Sciences. Documented experience in field studies is an advantage. Experience of scientific publication in English is an asset.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

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.

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/450
  • Dragana Voh/HR administrator, 046-222 78 30,
  • Jannr Rinne/Professor, 046-222 40 19,
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 02.Feb.2018
Last application date 23.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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