Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 46 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Department of Biology conducts research and education across biology, including ecology, evolutionary biology, organismal biology and molecular biology. About 300 people, including 80 PhD students, work at the department. The Biological Museum hold one of the largest university collections of animals and plants in the world. The Department has excellent infrastructure facilities, including green houses, field stations and laboratories for genetic and molecular analyses. We offer several Bachelor and Master programs in Biology, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics for both Swedish and international students. Find out more about the department at

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 4 year, with the opportunity to promotion to senior lecturer.

Job description
The work tasks are primarily concerned with research in Biodiversity, with a focus on the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services in landscapes characterized by human impact, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research will be conducted at least 80% full time. The work assignments of the position, as well as the relative proportions of research, teaching and outreach, may change over time.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a high-profile research programme on the role of biodiversity for ecosystem services in a world characterized by climate change, partly through collaboration within the strategic research area Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate (BECC). This requires an openness to inter-disciplinary collaboration and actively seeking opportunities for external funding. The employee is further expected to develop collaborations with other research groups and governmental bodies and organizations that are concerned with similar issues.

The employee is expected to actively develop courses and participate in the training of students within the subject area and adjacent areas. Teaching may include both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervision of Master and PhD students.

A person who holds a doctorate, or a qualification equivalent to a doctorate, shall be qualified for appointment as an Associate Senior Lecturer. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than 7 years before the application closing date. The doctorate must be in a biological discipline.

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 scientific excellence within the field of Biodiversity, as defined in the job description above, is required. The applicant should describe their current and planned future research to demonstrate how these will contribute to the research profile of the department. Scientific qualifications will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the quality of publications and scientific productivity from an international perspective.

Relevant post-doc experience and a documented success in obtaining external funding in national or international competition is a strong merit.

Documented aptitude for collaboration and experience of teaching in higher education are merits. Within teaching, particular importance will be attached to how the applicant, through documented skills and experience, can strengthen and complement teaching within the department. Documented experience of partnership with governmental bodies and organisation, and the communication of science and its value to society are merits.

High proficiency in verbal and written English is a requirement. 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.

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

Promotion An associate senior lecturer is to be promoted, on application, to employment as a senior lecturer on an indefinite-term contract if he or she has the qualifications required for the post and is assessed to be suitable in accordance with the qualification requirements and assessment criteria established by the Faculty of Science. An associate senior lecturer may only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements and assessment criteria for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer:

  • Well documented research expertise is important for the discipline. The following criteria will be applied:

           - High national and international standing as a researcher 
High-quality publications in international research journals.
Independent research profile.
Qualifications corresponding to those of a reader.
Participation in scholarly conferences or workshops.
Research funding from national or international funding bodies.

  • Well documented teaching expertise. The following criteria will be applied:

           - Good subject knowledge and documented experience of teaching at different levels of higher education.
Documented ability to develop and renew courses and teaching methods.
Documented ability to lead and organise education.
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ocumented ability to supervise Master´s and PhD students.
Five weeks´training in teaching and learning in higher education or the equivalent.

  • An ability to interact with wider society and provide public information on current research and development.

  • An ability to work as a leader in higher education, including leading research projects and participating in decision-making bodies at university, faculty or department level.

An application for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer is to be submitted to the faculty at the latest 6 months before the appointment as associate senior lecturer ends. The application for promotion is to be judged by the teacher’s appointment board after acquisition of the opinion of at least two experts on the subject.

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 Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/742
  • Associate professor Ola Olsson, +46 46 222 37 74,
  • Assistant head of department Carin Jarl-Sunesson, +46 46 222 01 24,
  • Recruitment Officer Helen Johansson, +46 46 222 36 09,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46 222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46 46 222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46 46 222 93 66
Published 27.Mar.2018
Last application date 08.May.2018 11:59 PM CEST

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