Lund University, Faculty of Science, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research

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 Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC ( conducts research, education and communication on environmental science and climate research at Lund University.

The Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC, is a center at Lund University. CEC conducts research, education and communication on environmental science and climate research, read more here A central part of the CEC is the coordination of the strategic research area Biodiversity in a Changing Climate (BECC).

BECC is a strategic research area that brings together over 200 researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg. BECC brings together scientists from the natural and social sciences to perform research essential in understanding the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services on local, regional, national and global scales, to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity. We examine how human influence on climate and ecosystems affects biodiversity and ecosystem services from local to global scales and how this knowledge can be integrated into decisions on mitigation or adaptation to these changes. Read more here 

Filling in critical knowledge gaps of ecosystem properties across the Arctic

The Arctic is a critical biome for biodiversity, biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem services but most research in the region is strongly clustered around a few locations. This means that scientific understanding of Arctic processes, which guide both predictive models and policy debates, probably disproportionately influence by only a few locations with environmental conditions that may or may not be representative of the biome as a whole. This project will use a unique map of Arctic scientific research to identify six sites representing the least studied regions of the Arctic then perform a wide-ranging, rapid field survey of key environmental properties at each site. These results will be compared with matching surveys at two of the most intensively studied Arctic sites. The results will provide key insights into the full range of environmental variation across the Arctic, thereby helping to improve predictions and models of whole-Arctic processes and conditions under climate change.

Contact person: Daniel Metcalfe, + 46 (0) 72 205 2795,

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  • First field data on key environmental variables from the most under-sampled areas and environments of the terrestrial Arctic.
  • Comparison of environmental properties and processes of these under-sampled areas with the same data from more well sampled sites (e.g. Toolik Lake, Abisko).
  • Evaluation of the underlying mechanisms regulating observed differences in ecosystems sampled.

Integrative Output

An improved picture of whole-Arctic means and ranges in values for key environmental properties and processes

Qualifications - requirements

  • PhD in environmental sciences, ecology, soil science, physical geography or ecophysiology.
  • The candidate must be excellent in spoken and written English.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively and spend long periods of time doing fieldwork.
  • Driving license.


  • Experience of fieldwork in remote sites.
  • Experience of quantitative analysis, particularly statistics.
  • Experience of scientific publication, especially in English.
  • Experience with applying for and winning grants or other awards.
  • Documented experience of basic medical emergency training.
  • Experience of working independently & organizing own work schedule to achieve a specific goal.
  • Experience of working successfully within a team.
  • Experience of managing and leading a team.
  • Experience of and an interest in interdisciplinary work.

The postdocs main duty will be to carry out research in an active research environment including several postdocs, PhD students, and thesis students investigating research questions in similar themes, with generous opportunity for collaborative work. The postdoc is also expected to actively participate in the BECC environment, by e.g. participating, initiating and contributing to seminars, workshops and thematic research meetings. The postdoc may also participate in teaching on a limited basis.

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant have 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 could have been completed earlier.

The most important criterion for evaluating the applicants will be scientific skill. Emphasis will also be on the extent to which the applicant can contribute to the general development of the strategic research area BECC.


CV, cover letter and at least two references to former employees/supervisors.

Personal suitability for the project will be of importance.


The University applies individual payroll. Please enter salary claims in your application


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible, preferably during 2017, employment 2 years
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2195
  • Daniel Metcalfe, Senior University Lecturer, + 46 (0) 72 205 27 95,
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 16.Jun.2017
Last application date 14.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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