Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, 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 This position will focus on a specific aspect of aerosol research: experimental ice nucleation studies. It involves instrument characterisation, sampling of ambient aerosol particles in the field, and offline immersion freezing measurements. 

The position is connected to the Atmospheric Aerosol Group, studying airborne particles, within the Division of Nuclear Physics at the Department of Physics. It involves close collaboration with partners at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science.  Our research activities deal with the 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 a larger project about the impact of ice nucleating particles on cloud properties. The focus of this position is on experimental aspects while partners will deal with modeling aspects on different scales. The project is in cooperation with researchers at the Swedish Meterological and Hydrological Institute, Oslo University and NASA.

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.

The post doctoral researcher will work experimentally within the project described above with specific focus on ice nucleation of ambient particles. Particulate matter will be sampled in different environments. Measurements will be carried out with a cold stage (offline) and potentially online with a continuous flow diffusion chamber (CFDC). The post doctoral researcher is expected to assist in supervision of undergraduate students. Administration, teaching and outreach related to the work duties listed above are also part of the work.

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:

  • 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 and/or ice nucleation.
  • Demonstrated capability to publish in leading international scientific journals.

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.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Experience in atmospheric aerosol field work.
  • Experience with experimental ice nucleation studies is valued.
  • Experience in analysis of aerosol data sets is a highly desired competence.
  • Programming skills relevant for the operation of instruments and evaluation of data sets are desired.
  • Driver’s licence is not a requirement, but 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. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-06-01
Salary monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/820
  • Thomas Bjerring Kristensen, +462220534
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 15.Apr.2019
Last application date 13.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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