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 45 000 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.

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

Work duties
The candidate will be involved in a project investigating self-organisation and collective behaviour in animal groups. The candidate will be responsible for analyzing and modelling the movement and interactions of fishes in schools. This will involve working with trajectory data to quantify movement strategies and social interactions of individuals within groups. The work will be entirely computationally focused and would suit someone with demonstrable experience in trajectory or motion analyzes. The work would involve communicating findings with experimental biologists to inform new analytical approaches. There is the potential for the candidate to work remotely, with regular online meetings between researchers working at Lund and Cambridge Universities. 


  • PhD in biology, computer science, engineering, physics, or applied mathematics.
  • Experience in analyzing or modelling animal movement with agent-based models.
  • Knowledge of model fitting, signal processing, computer vision and tracking.

Other merits

  • Excellent skills in computer programming / coding / data analysis / modelling (e.g. R, Python, Matlab)
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • An ability to disseminate work and produce quality publications
  • Experience with statistical analyzes and model fitting
  • An interest in animal movement and behaviour

Terms of employment 
This is a Fixed-Term full time contract for 1 year .The position is available as soon as possible. There is the possibility for working remote.

Please contact Dr James Herbert-Read, for more information.  

Instructions on how to apply
Application must be written in English and should include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the employment corresponds to your qualifications. The application should also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-04-01 or according to agreement
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/532
  • James Herbert-Read,
  • Helena Skönvall, HR,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 22.Feb.2023
Last application date 08.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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