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.

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.

The Biology Department cooperate with other universities and authorities to organize and publish data and results from biological research. We host parts of a national infrastructure in form of a database where we collect, process, publish and archive data about animal movements. We also have important long term 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 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. To be as efficient as possible, we re-use existing open source solutions when possible. Among our partners are other Universities and the Swedish Natural History Museum.

As a programmer, you will be responsible for developing software components for managing biodiversity research data in collaboration with researchers 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.

This is a position limited to a duration of 1 year and full time.

We think that your background is in software development with previous work experience, or a biologist with well documented IT experience. You might be interested in sustainable development, nature conservation or similar.


  • Software development in Linux/BSD environment with open source using open tools
  • Open web/database technologies e.g. HTML, CSS, JS, SQL, XML etc
  • Experience with CMS; Drupal, Wordpress or similar
  • Knowledge of some open languages / scripts, preferably JAVA, Groovy, Python, R 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. A requirement is that you are 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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Accordning to agreement for one year
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/3029
  • My Geborek, Human Resources Coordinator, +46 46 222 48 53,
  • Åke Lindström, Professor, +46 46 222 49 68,
  • Johan Bäckman, Research Engineer, :+46 46 222 37 88,
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 12.Sep.2019
Last application date 02.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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