Lund University, LTH,

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 department of Building and Environmental Technology at Lund University, Faculty of Engineering invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor in Water Resources Engineering focusing on river, lake, and coastal hydraulics.

Description of the workplace

At the Division of Water Resources Engineering at the Department of Building and Environmental Technology, research and teaching concern how water occurs and is transported in nature and in urban systems. The division has about 30 employees and a total of 20 doctoral students. The position is placed in the coastal processes and hydraulics group, which includes research in hydraulics and sediment transport in rivers, lakes, and along the coast. 

The Department of Building and Environmental Technology has a stimulating and international environment consisting of PhD students, postdocs, and teachers from many parts of the world. Here, research and teaching take place in an open and progressive climate with collaborations both within academia and with industry partners, both nationally and internationally. The work environment is characterized by commitment, collaboration, creativity, and personal responsibility.


Water Resources Engineering focusing on river, lake, and coastal hydraulics.

Subject description

Water Resources Engineering with a focus on hydraulics in rivers, lakes and coasts with an emphasis on flow, currents, waves and sediment transport in natural systems. The subject includes field measurement, description and modelling of waves, currents, water levels and sediment transport, as well as design and evaluation of different protection measures to reduce the risks of erosion and flooding.  

Work duties

Employment as an assistant professor is a tenure track position, which aims for the holder to develop their independence as a researcher and educator. The work duties mainly involve research and teaching. The position includes the opportunity to undertake five weeks of training in teaching and learning in higher education. 

Work duties include:

  • Research within the research topic.
  • Teaching at undergraduate, advanced, and doctoral level.
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students.
  • Applying for external research funding.
  • Collaboration with industry, authorities, and municipalities.
  • Taking an active part in collaborative projects.
  • Measurements in the field as well as maintenance and further development of the department's field survey instruments.
  • Administration related to the tasks listed above.

Qualification requirements 

Qualification requirements for employment as an assistant professor are fulfilled by someone who has been awarded a doctorate or has the corresponding research competence. 

Primary consideration should be given to someone who has been awarded a doctorate or achieved the equivalent competence within five years of the deadline for application for employment as an assistant professor. However, someone who has been awarded a doctorate or achieved the equivalent expertise at an earlier date may also be considered if there are special grounds. Special grounds are sick leave, parental leave or other similar circumstances.

Assessment criteria

For appointment to assistant professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and carry out high quality research.
  • Teaching ability. 

Additional requirements

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in Swedish or other Scandinavian language.
  • Significant documented research experience (e.g. from postdoc or doctoral studies) from another university/institute or relevant experience from industry/public sector. 
  • Driver’s license.
  • Good knowledge of programming and numerical modelling within the research topic.
  • Collaborative skills, initiative and the ability to solve work tasks independently, as well as a demonstrated interest in leadership.

Other qualifications

  • Documented experience of teaching in hydraulics or coastal processes.
  • Documented ability to collaborate with both researchers and society in interdisciplinary research projects. 
  • Documented ability to attract external research funders. 
  • Experience in project management. 
  • Experience of fieldwork in rivers, lakes or coasts, with a focus on physical parameters such as waves, currents, and topography/bathymetry, as well as processing of collected data. 

The extent to which the applicant, through their experience and skills, may complement and strengthen ongoing research, undergraduate education, departmental innovation, and how they can contribute to the future development of the department will also be taken into consideration.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 6 years. The employment is regulated in accordance with Chapter 4 Section 12a§ HEA. The purpose of the appointment is for the teacher to be given the opportunity to develop research autonomy and acquire the scholarly and teaching qualifications required for eligibility for appointment as a senior lecturer.

We offer 

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.  Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee: 

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:


Promotion to Senior Lecturer in Water Resources Engineering focusing on river, lake, and coastal hydraulics

During the period of employment, an assistant professor can apply for promotion to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if he or she has the required qualifications listed below, and is deemed suitable. An assistant professor can only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to senior lecturer requires that the applicant has: 

  • A PhD or corresponding research competence or professional expertise considered important with regard to the subject matter of the post and the work duties it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise. 
  • Completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means. 

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria specify the aspects to be considered, and the level to be achieved, for the assessment criteria to be deemed fulfilled. The following assessment criteria must be fulfilled for appointment to senior lecturer:

  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • An ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A general ability to lead and develop activities.

Additional requirements

  • Good ability to collaborate, independence and drive.
  • Progression in research and teaching expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to actively and independently apply for external research funding in competition.
Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1139
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362,
Published 10.Jun.2024
Last application date 31.Aug.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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