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

Title: Freshwater biodiversity in a changing climate

Freshwater biodiversity is under pressure from multiple global and local stressors. In temperate waters, climate change related stressors interact with land use and eutrophication pressures to create highly uncertain outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES). We are therefore looking for a postdoctoral fellow within a project aiming to enhance scientific understanding on:

  • Impacts of interacting stressors on water quality and multiple dimensions of freshwater biodiversity.
  • Critical social-ecological feedbacks that determine the use and co-production of freshwater ES.
  • Integrating global and local stressors and assessing their effect on ecosystem resilience.

The project is based in Lund, Sweden and is part of an international collaboration within the project LimnoScenES which is a Biodiversa and Belmont Forum (EU-commission) funded cooperation between Sweden, Germany, and Canada. The overall aim is to co-develop scenarios that acknowledge the complex and continuously changing nature of ecological and societal goals. Specifically, the successful applicant for this position will focus on how climate change and other large-scale stressors will affect ecosystem function in freshwater ecosystems and identifying critical feedbacks between ecological and social dynamics. Altogether, this project aims at advancing our understanding of freshwater ecosystem functioning in a changing environment, but is also expected to support water authorities in their development of adaptive measures against current and future stressors, as well as for managing trade-offs and synergies among multiple ecosystem services based on freshwater biodiversity.


As a successful applicant you will have a PhD degree in limnology, freshwater ecology or environmental science. Scientific experiences within areas such as wetland ecology, climate change, brownification and experimental methods are strongly encouraged. Some experience within social science or a knowledge of social-ecological systems modelling is a merit, but not a firm requirement. Excellence in scientific writing and in oral communication is, however, a prerequisite for the position. As a result of the international character of the project, the successful applicant should be prepared to spend shorter stays abroad. Driving license is necessary since a considerable part of the studies will be performed at different field sites.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 May 2019 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/1055
  • Lars-Anders Hansson, Professor, +46 46 222 41 69,
  • My Geborek, Human Resources Coordinator, +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 01.Apr.2019
Last application date 22.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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