Lund University, Faculty of Science, Centre for Environmental and Climate 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.

Subject description

Input and output fluxes of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems are governed by the response of soil microorganisms and vegetation to weather events and climate. Recent evidence indicates that the short-term fluxes triggered by the alternation of drought and rainfall events can dominate the land-atmosphere carbon exchange. However, these fluxes are still poorly understood, scarcely quantified, and widely overlooked in the literature. This project aims at resolving this omission through an integrative empirical analysis based on a reinterpretation of ecosystem-level carbon flux data using eddy-covariance techniques.

The main tasks of the project will be framed around the i) characterization of the disproportional CO2 pulses induced by rain across wide climate gradients, ii) identification of mechanisms governing them and iii) quantification of the contribution of these short-term pulses to the annual ecosystem carbon budget. This project will represent a significant advance towards resolving how fluxes adapt to changes in the frequency and intensity of drought-rainfall events, bringing us closer to understanding and predicting the influence of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and their carbon stocks.

The post-doc position will be located at the Centre for Environment and Climate Science (CEC) at Lund University and includes an up to 3-month visit at the University of Gothenburg.

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.

In detail, work duties are:

  • To conduct research within the subject area: mainly analysing and characterizing the rain-induced carbon fluxes in eddy-covariance data and improving the quantification methods for their contribution to the ecosystem budgets.
  • To participate in activities organized by the research environment BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate).
  • To supervise degree/master/PhD projects.
  • To actively seek for 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 atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, physical geography, ecosystem science, ecology, climate sciences, soil science, or similar. The doctoral degree should have been completed no more than three years before the date of application. Under special circumstances, it may have been completed earlier.


  • In-depth and substantiated experience of measurements and analyses of green house gas data based on eddy-covariance techiques. This includes experience in using so called “flux-partitioning algorithms”,  
  • Some experience of measurements and analyses of data based on chamber techniques,
  • experince in handling large data sets,
  • knowledge of terrestrial ecosystems and soil science,
  • advanced knowledge of Phyton, R, or Matlab,
  • ability to develop and conduct independent high-quality research,
  • publications in international peer-reviewed journals (leading role)
  • very good oral and written proficiency in English.

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. In-depth and substantiated experience of measurements and analyses of green house gas data based on eddy-covariance techiques will be prioritized.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills

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 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 1st February 2022.

Instructions on how to apply

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

  • cover letter with a general description of past research and future research interests (max 3 pages),
  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications (max 5 pages),
  • contact information of 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 According to the agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2104
  • Maj-Lena Finnander Linderson,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 21.Jun.2023
Last application date 01.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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