Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, biologiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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.

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.

Project description

The Biology Department has a history back since Lund University's foundation, with botany as one of the original subjects. Today we are a large department that covers most of the biology disciplines. We also collaborate across disciplines with other researchers from medicine, engineering, physics, chemistry and philosophy in our search for new knowledge. Our premises and equipment are modern and contain everything a biologist needs; molecular labs, electron microscopes, field stations, electronics labs, wind tunnels and much more.

We cooperate with other universities and authorities to organize and publish data and results from biological research. The Biology Department hosts a national infrastructure in form of a database where we collect, process, publish and archive data about animal movements. The database has been developed by the Linnaeus program “CanMove” (Centre for Animal Movement Research). We also have important missions within Swedish environmental monitoring, funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and carried out by researchers at the biological department.

Our mission to develop management of research data from the activities described above requires the development of new IT system components. These components are used to create effective data flow, proper validation and good quality assurance of collected data. The IT system will also provide project management support, generate reports, create data visualizations and implement web services for distributing open data.

Job description

We offer a variety of interesting tasks in a world-leading research environment with enthusiastic colleagues. As a system developer, you will be responsible for designing systems and software components for managing biodiversity data in collaboration with researchers at the biological department and IT staff both locally and at other sites. We build our solutions as modules in the free and open software "Living atlases", originally "Atlas of Living Australia", an international software project focusing on managing public research data. You will also work on managing our research databases. We develop in open source with open tools and high standards of documentation.


We think that your background is in IT system development or equivalent with previous work experience, or a biologist with documented IT skills. You will have to communicate with researchers, students and IT experts. You might be interested in sustainable development, nature conservation or similar. The following knowledge and experience are qualifying:

  • Software development in Linux environment with open source using open tools
  • A variety of open web/database technologies e.g. HTML, CSS, JS, SQL, XML etc
  • Experience with web services such as SOAP, REST, JSON
  • Knowledge of some open languages / scripts, preferably JAVA, or Groovy, Python, R, Shiny or PHP
  • Understanding of and development in container-based systems like Docker or Kubernetes
  • Source code management in tools like Git or similar and good routines of creating documentation
  • Project work in an international environment, preferably with GBIF, ALA or similar

Good collaborative abilities, creativity and ability to take own initiatives are qualities that we value highly. You have to be skilled with spoken and written English and preferably also Swedish. Your workplace will be the biological department at Lund University. Information about the position can be given by Johan Bäckman ( or Åke Lindström ( See also, or


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

Type of employment Probationary period
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/4097
  • Johan Bäckman, forskningsingenjör,
  • Åke Lindström, professor,
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 14.Dec.2018
Last application date 06.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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