Lund University, 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

New pathways are needed for an efficient alignment of the financial system with the needs of biodiversity. This postdoc links efforts of the research project BIOPATH to assess, co-develop and test existing and novel approaches for integration of biodiversity considerations into financial decision- making with financial actors, and analyse the institutional and policy implications of potential transition pathways. The postdoc will focus on characterizing and assessing current approaches used to link biodiversity to business decisions to evaluate their usability and validity. The results will be used to produce a roadmap for development of assessment tools. The work requires an understanding of how the use of biomass in green sectors may affect multivariate biodiversity and associated values, as well as an understanding of how business decision in the green sector may translate into impact on land-use. Work is carried out in close collaboration with stakeholders.

Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position 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.

The focus of the research is tools and methods used by industry in the food, forestry, and bioenergy sectors to capture and describe their effects on biodiversity. Based on an inventory of such methods in BIOPATH, the candidate will use methods ranging from expert elicitation to elaborate modelling to determine if and how these methods reflect loss of different aspects of biodiversity related to its diverse values and to what extent impact scores will reflect ambitions in industry to reduce their impact. This will include scrutinizing assumptions they build on, scale of impacts, data requirements, and certification of validity. Studies may be theoretical or case studies, e.g. in collaboration with BIOPATH partners. The work should ultimately result in a roadmap to efficient tools for capturing industries’ impact on biodiversity.

The work will be carried out with an interdisciplinary project team with expertise in biodiversity and ecology science, environmental systems studies, political science, and more. The postdoc is expected to present results at international conferences, produce high quality scientific papers, and play a role in disseminating the results. Stakeholder interactions are a part of the project. The postdoc is also expected to actively participate in and contribute to the general scientific discussion in the research groups.

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 decision. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Knowledge of business decision – land-use – biodiversity relationships in the green sector
  • Demonstrated skills in scientific publishing

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.

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.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Proficiency and experience in scientific assessment through systematic mapping/review or other systematic approaches
  • Experience in modelling
  • Proficiency and experience in assessing land-use – biodiversity relationships in the green sector
  • Knowledge of certification systems, labelling systems, or tools/indices used in business relevant for biodiversity disclosures
  • Ability to communicate in Swedish

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:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages),
  • contact information of 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 As soon as possible/ According to the agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1359
  • Henrik Smith, +46462229379
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 18.Jun.2024
Last application date 15.Aug.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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