Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Dep. of Technology and Society

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.

Description of the workplace

You will work within the Traffic Safety and Behaviour research group, which you can learn more about on Lund University's website. The group performs research on a variety of subjects related to traffic safety, including policy development, evaluation of safety measures, vulnerable road users and automated vehicles. The group uses innovative methods for traffic data collection and safety evaluations, such as video analysis, surrogate measures of safety, virtual reality simulations and instrumented bicycles. It is involved in various national and international activities related to research and education in traffic safety domain.

We offer a supportive and friendly environment with many opportunities for personal growth. The group is settled in the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) campus; the office spaces went through a major renovation in 2017.

As a postdoc you will mainly work in the Horizon Europe project AfroSAFE, which you can read more about on the project’s website.

Subject description

The research deals with the propagation of the Safe System / Vision Zero approach to traffic safety in the low- and middle-income countries in Africa. As a postdoc you will work with data collection in African countries, analysis of organizational processes within road safety work, and educational activities.

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 includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further development. 

You will take an active role in planning and implementing the research and education activities according to the project description. This will involve tight cooperation with African partners remotely as well as visits to Zambia, Tanzania and Ghana.

Detailed description of the work duties, such as:

  • Research within the subject area
  • Teaching in the first and second cycles of studies
  • Actively seeking external research funding
  • Collaboration with transportation authorities, stakeholders and wider society, predominantly in the African context
  • The position includes the opportunity for training in higher education teaching and learning.
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above.

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. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met, must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English. 
  • You have research experience within the traffic safety domain.
  • You have experience of collaborations in multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams.
  • You have good familiarity with the African context, ideally previous experience working with traffic safety or public health issues in Africa.
  • Independence and ability to collaborate are personal qualities that are required.

Assessment criteria 

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. 

Other qualifications:

  • We consider it an additional qualification if you have experience of communication with the general public and of explaining research in a popular science format.
  • We consider it an additional qualification if you have a professional network within the traffic safety or public health domain in Ghana, Tanzania or Zambia.
  • We consider it an additional qualification if you have experience of organizing big events (such as courses and conferences) in African countries.

Consideration will also be given to 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.

We offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. 
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Further information

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”).

Start no later than 1 September 2024.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the University’s recruitment system. The application should include a CV and a personal letter justifying your interest in the position and how it matches your qualifications. The application should also include a degree certificate or equivalent and any other document to which you would like to draw attention (copies of grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Welcome to apply!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1475
  • Aliaksei Laureshyn,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
Published 28.May.2024
Last application date 12.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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