Lund University, Centre for Environmental and Climate research

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 Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC ( conducts research, education and communication on environmental science and climate research at Lund University.

CEC is seeking two highly motivated Doctoral Students within DrivenByPollinators, a five-year ERC project assessing the environmental consequences of the insect population declines. Using complementary empirical methods, we aim to quantify how pollinators and herbivores mediate effects of landscape-scale land-use intensity on grassland plant communities and ecosystem functioning. The doctoral students will have a leading role in the field-based/experimental parts of the project. Besides these positions, the project will also employ a PostDoctoral fellow and taxonomic experts.


  • Candidates must hold a university degree at master degree level (MSc.) or equivalent, in environmental sciences, ecology, biology, or other relevant areas within natural sciences
  • Ability to work independently and to formulate as well as analyze scientific questions
  • Excellent knowledge in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Experience with field-based and/or experimental (mesocosm) studies
  • Experience working with quantitative ecological methods, in R or similar
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Experience with scientific writing
  • Excellent organisational and time-keeping skills
  • Driving license (car)


  • Experience in studying grassland plant communities, in generating and analysing multipartite interaction networks
  • Practical experience in quantifying plant functional traits
  • Skills in GIS (QGIS, ArcGIS or similar)
  • Experience in communicating with the farming community
  • Good verbal communication skills in Swedish


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who
- have completed a second-cycle degree
- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or
- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Your application

Please submit your CV, cover letter and at least two references to former employees/supervisors.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/3191
  • Yann Clough, +46 (0) 46-222 68 31,
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 02.Oct.2019
Last application date 10.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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