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

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC ( conducts research, education and communication on environmental science and climate research at Lund University.

The Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) was founded in 2010 to develop, coordinate and conduct interdisciplinary environmental and climate research and education. The research at CEC has its basis in the natural sciences, but is closely integrated with social sciences and engineering through interaction between strong research and educational environments at Lund University, and with the society via collaboration and exchange with public and private actors.

The central research fields at CEC are: human impact on the climate, soil and landscape, including effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services; the consequences that human exploitation of natural resources have on the environment and the climate; and the spread, transformation and distribution of chemical hazards into the air, soil and water, as well as the resulting impact on humans, the climate and ecosystems. CEC is responsible for the two strategic research areas of BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate) and MERGE (Modelling the Regional and Global Earth System), the research infrastructure ICOS Sweden (International Carbon Observation System – Sweden), the graduate school ClimBEco, and undergraduate, Master’s and PhD education in Environmental Science. For more information, please visit

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in the establishment of a research programme of a high international standard in environmental science at CEC. From a starting point in science, the research programme should be interdisciplinary, and aim at assessing anthropogenic changes in the environment. We welcome research that can enhance at least one of the above-mentioned three key areas of research within CEC. The approach can vary and include, for example, integrated modelling, interdisciplinary risk analyses, participatory research and evidence-based synthesis.

The employee is expected to form and lead his/her own group of researchers, and thereby actively contribute to the development of the overall research environment and teaching within the field of environmental science. He/she is to actively apply for external funding from national and international research councils and other funding bodies to at least partly cover the salaries and operational costs of the research group. The applicant is expected to develop interdisciplinary research collaborations in which science, engineering, humanities and social sciences scholars work together to create knowledge of and solutions to environmental issues. The research process is expected to include collaboration with stakeholders. The employee is also expected to contribute to the development of CEC’s activities by participating in various management functions.

The employee is expected to be actively involved in teaching within first and second-cycle education in environmental science, and supervise both bachelor’s and master’s students in their degree projects, as well as doctoral students.

In accordance with Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor except in disciplines in the fine, applied or performing arts.

Qualified candidates shall demonstrate that they, from a starting point in science, can apply an interdisciplinary approach to assess anthropogenic changes in the environment, related to the central research areas at CEC.

  • Eligibility for the position requires a very strong research qualifications within environmental science, and a documented ability to work in interdisciplinary contexts through, for instance, joint publications and projects that include multiple research areas. The research qualifications of the applicants will be assessed based on the quality and quantity of their publications from an international perspective.
  • Documented high level of experience in academic leadership, including the ability to develop interdisciplinary research and generate external funding will be central to the assessment.
  • Documented experience in supervising doctoral students and degree projects, and developing first and second-cycle education is required.
  • Experience in communicating with public stakeholders is a desired qualification.

Attention will be paid to how the applicant, through his or her experience and expertise, will complement and strengthen ongoing research, and contribute to its development. The applicant is expected to formulate a plan for how his or her own research can be integrated with existing and future activities at CEC.

We expect non-Swedish speaking employees to acquire sufficient knowledge in Swedish within three years to be able to communicate with stakeholders and University bodies, and teach students within first and second-cycle education in this language.

In accordance with Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research or artistic expertise.

The appointment will take into account the Lund University Appointment Rules. Among other things, these rules require that the applicant has completed at least 5 weeks of training in teaching and learning in higher education, or acquired the equivalent knowledge in other ways. Exceptions from this rule can be made under special circumstances.

The applicant’s personal ability to perform his/her duties well will also be considered in the overall assessment.

Design and content of the application
The University’s instructions on what an application is to include can be retrieved here.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As per agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2016/706
  • Professor Henrik Smith, Head of CEC, +46 46-222 93 79,
  • Recruitment Officer Helen Johansson, +46 46-222 36 09,
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds univ, +46 46-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46 46-222 93 66,
Published 15.Mar.2016
Last application date 15.May.2016 11:59 PM CET

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