Lund University, LTH, Department of 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.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

Subject description The position is connected to the Atmospheric Aerosol Group, studying airborne particles, within the Division of Nuclear Physics at the Department of Physics. Our research activities deal with role of atmospheric aerosols in the important environmental issues of climate and health.

We are looking for a researcher at the Post Doc level contributing to two research projects – funded by Swedish VR and FORMAS – that both depend on the characterization of atmospheric aerosol particles at our new ICOS-ACTRIS station at Hyltemossa in southern Sweden (60 km north of Lund).

The aim of the VR project is to quantify exchanges of particles and trace gases between the boreal forest and the lower troposphere, and how they affect carbon cycling and respond to climate change. The FORMAS project aims at identifying and describing the key processes responsible for the initial stages of transformation of traffic soot particles in an urban environment and the downwind urban plume, and the time scales involved.

The aerosol observations at Hyltemossa are also carried out within the framework of the pan-European research infrastructure ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, Trace gases Research Infrastructure, The research is a collaboration with scientists at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University, who are responsible for the ICOS greenhouse gas observations at Hyltemossa.

Work duties The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher eductaion teaching and learning.

The researcher will work experimentally within the projects described above, with special focus on aerosol measurements of soot particles and particle fluxes. The researcher is expected to carry out independent experimental research work, in close collaboration with a group of scientists and engineers.

Qualification requirements Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience in experimental research work on aerosols.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject in question.

For appointments to the post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.
  • Experience in atmospheric aerosol field work is required.
  • Demonstrated capability to publish in leading international scientific journals.
  • Experience in operating on-line aerosol instruments that measure important climate and health-relevant physical and chemical aerosol properties in-situ and with high time resolution.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Experience in analysis of large data sets from on-line aerosol instruments is a highly desired competence.
  • Programming skills and the use of software relevant for the operation and evaluation of on-line aerosol instruments and large data sets are desired.
  • Driver’s licence is desired due to field work.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages),
  • contact information of at least two references,
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018-09-20
Salary monthly paid
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1539
  • Erik Swietlicki, professor, +46 46 222 96 80
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 22.May.2018
Last application date 12.Jun.2018 11:59 PM CET

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