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Subject description
The ‘Evolutionary Ecology of Plant-Insect Interactions’ research group is recruiting a fully-funded postdoctoral researcher to study pollinator-mediated floral evolution. The project is led by Dr. Øystein Opedal and will combine existing original data and databases with new field and greenhouse data to better understand the factors affecting evolutionary potential and constraint in plant evolution, with focus on traits functionally involved in plant-insect interactions. The successful candidate will lead extensive field studies of tropical plant-pollinator interactions, contribute to greenhouse studies and/or meta-analyses, and otherwise help develop the project in new directions in collaboration with the project team.

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.

Detailed description of the work duties

  • Active participation in the scientific design of the project
  • Lead yearly field campaigns in the tropics
  • Contribute to greenhouse work with plants and/or compilation of data from the literature
  • Analysis of phenotypic data including phenotypic-selection analyses
  • Supervision of MSc projects
  • Dissemination of results through presentations and scientific publications      
  • Actively seeking external research funding

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 date of employment. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. 

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • Expertise in evolutionary ecology
  • Background in evolutionary botany, including field or greenhouse work with plants
  • Driver’s license is a requirement, and knowledge of Spanish is a strong advantage

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.

The following merits form assessment criteria for the position:

  • Fulfilment of qualification requirements
  • Documented ability to develop and complete high-quality research
  • High intellectual capacity and problem-solving ability
  • Technical, analytical and organizational skills
  • Enthusiasm, dedication and an ability to work both independently and in a  team

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 and OFR/S, dated February 1st 2022.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • a general description of past research, future research interests, and motivation for applying (no more than three pages),
  • contact information of, and relation to, at least two 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 This is a 2 year employment with start 220601 or according to agreement.
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/588
  • tina olsson, human resource coordinator, +46462224853,
  • Øystein Opedal, associate senior lecturer, +4792233189,
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 25.Feb.2022
Last application date 11.Mar.2022 11:59 PM CET

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