Lund University, Department of Physical Geograhy and Ecosystem Science

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.


The PhD student will work within the project UPSCALE, which is a collaboration project between five Nordic/Baltic institutions. The project aims in using biosignatures to upscale crop traits to satellite level. Techniques for phenotyping of different plant traits is the basis of the project, and it includes developing methodology for upscaling these traits from laboratory to field and satellite data. Image processing and efficient computer algorithms will be used for creating knowledge, and support a better climate adapted agriculture. The project will link to activities in SITES.


The aim of the work is to reach a doctors degree by broad education and project work. This entails both individual work and collaborative work under a supervisory team. The PhD student will work with a broad toolset, from laboratory and field measurements of plant traits and spectral properties, to image analysis and computer models. Analysis of field measurements, drone data, satellite data, meteorological data, and information about soil and other properties is important for development of crop growth models for determination of phenological stages and harvest of different agricultural crops. Compilation, analysis and documentation of the research work is an important component of the work.


Basic eligibility for PhD education has a person with an advanced level exam, that has fullfilled courses of at least 240 ECT´s of wich at least 60 are at an advanced level, or in any other way has achived the corresponding level in Sweden or abroad.

Requirement for the position is to hold a Bachelor degree in natural science or technology, and a Master degree in Geomatics/GIS/Remote sensing with orientation towards terrestrial ecosystems. Additional requirements are:

  • - Good knowledge in optical remote sensing of vegetation.
  • - Experience in analysis of satellite imagery, including time-series analysis.
  • - Experience in analysis of data from drone cameras, including geometric and radiometric correction of multispectral images.
  • - Experience in analysis of spectral data from near-ground systems (proximal sensing), e.g. spectrometers and radiometers.
  • - Experience in analysis of data from imaging systems, e.g. phenological cameras.
  • - Experience in combining different types of remotely sensed data.
  • - Experience in work with digital GIS.
  • - Good knowledge in computer programming, preferentially Matlab or Python.
  • - Proficiency in the English language.

Additional merits are:

  • - Experience in managing measurement systems for multi- or hyperspectral measurements.
  • - Experience as a drone pilot.
  • - Good ability in handling of a large amounts of data.

Evaluation of candidates will also consider the following:

  • - Ability to plan and carry out work independently
  • - Ability to collaborate with others
  • - Ability to communicate orally and in writing, e.g. in writing scientific texts

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§.


Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2023-04-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/10
  • Lars Eklundh, +46462229655
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 15.Feb.2023
Last application date 01.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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