Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geology

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 Geology has a long and successful history of research with an international reputation throughout the entire geological field and offers nationally leading undergraduate programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. About 40 researchers/teachers and 20 research students are active at the department, which consists of two sub-departments: Quaternary Sciences, and Lithosphere and Biosphere Sciences.

The goal of the project is to investigate 10Be, 14C and 36Cl data in tree rings, lake sediments and ice cores in the context of elevated levels that we expect in connection to large solar storms in the past.

Detailed 10Be measurements in lake sediments and 10Be & 36Cl measurements in ice cores will be part of the project. In addition, advanced statistical methods will be employed for identifying such events in the past. These studies will also allow us to improve the time scales of the climate records from natural archives and, therefore, to improve the quality of climate studies back in time. 

Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion 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 education teaching and learning.

Detailed description of the work duties, such as:

  • Help with 10Be & 36Cl sampling
  • Help with 10Be & 36Cl sample preparation
  • Data analysis in connection to existing radionuclide data from ice cores and 14C data from tree rings
  • Investigation of solar activity/solar storms connections to climate change
  • Publication of the results in connection to this project

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 can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Experience with 10Be & 36Cl sample preparation
  • Experience with interpretation of radionuclide data from ice cores in connection to solar activity reconstructions and solar storms
  • Documented skill with research in connection to solar storms (besides radionuclide studies)
  • Documented skill with scientific publication

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.

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

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research
  • Teaching skills

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

Apply online. The application should consist of: 

  1. Personal letter where the applicant descibes herself/ himself and areas of resaerch interest.
  2. CV
  3. Copy of MSc. thesis or similar or an abstract, should the thesis not be concluded
  4. Copy of BSc. and MSc. exam
  5. Copy of grades and other documents the applicant want to invoke
  6. At least two referes with contact details
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-01-21 until 2021-01-20
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/3794
  • Raimund Muscheler, professor, +46 46 222 04 54,
  • My Geborek, personalsamordnare, +46 46 222 48 53,
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.Nov.2018
Last application date 14.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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