Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, biologiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Subject description
Soils store much more carbon (C) than the atmosphere and the living biosphere together, and microorganisms play an important role to govern whether C compounds remain in the soil, or whether they are disintegrated back to CO2. An important mechanism of long-term C storage is the physical stabilization of organic matter within the soil structure, meaning that C can be “hidden” from its decomposers in the complex matrix of soil aggregates, but the processes involved are not well understood.
We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow for an interdisciplinary project in microbial ecology at the Department of Biology, Lund University.  The project focuses on performing experiments in microfluidic models for the physical and chemical heterogeneity simulating soil microhabitats. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with microfluidic engineers, and microspectroscopists. You will be part of an active research group at the Department of Biology (  and collaborate with engineers at the Department of Biomedical Engineering ( The cross-disciplinary environment will provide the candidate with ample possibilities to learn new skills and methods ranging from biology to engineering.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included if wished, but up to no more than 10% of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Work duties include:

  • Design and perform soil microbial experiments in microfluidic chips
  • Design and perform experiments with soil systems
  • Culture laboratory strains of bacteria and fungi
  • Perform image analysis in ImageJ
  • Contribute to the development of automated image analysis and self-learning algorithms for microscopy data from the chips
  • Work in tight collaboration with an engineer that develops microscale heterogeneity, both physical and chemical, in microfluidic chips
  • Work collaboration with a postdoc at MaxLab IV performing synchrotron analysis in chips, and a spectroscopist performing Raman- and FT-IR analysis in chips
  • Develop your own research questions within the project aims
  • Actively contribute to a positive and creative working atmosphere in the group

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, at the time for employent decision. The PhD have to be completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier (this may be adjusted based on, for example, documentation of parental leave or military service).

Additional requirements:

  • PhD certificate in a relevant field such as biology with focus on microbiology/microbial ecology/soil ecology
  • Very good proficiency in written and communicated English
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well with other members of the research team

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 research 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 as merits:

Experience in culturing laboratory strains of bacteria and fungi under sterile conditions Experience with microfluidic model systems Experience in image analysis (especially ImageJ, NIS), modeling and self-learning algorithms Documented ability to develop and carry out high-quality research Documentation of successful completion of research projects High intellectual capacity and problem-solving ability Technical and analytical know-how, organization skills Enthusiasm, dedication and an ability to work both independently and embedded in a team

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.

Contac Edith Hammer ( for further information.


Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • Motivation letter Résumé/CV, including date of public PhD thesis defense or equivalent,
  • Title of the thesis, previous appointments, current position, academic distinctions and special expertise
  • Full list of publications General description of past research and future research interests (no more than one page)
  • Names, relation to and contact information of 2 professional references
  • Copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.
Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-04-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/111
  • Edith Hammer, associate senior lecturer, +46462224536,
  • Tina Olsson, Human resource coordinator, +46462229562,
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 21.Jan.2022
Last application date 09.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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