Postdoctoral Student in Biology at Lund University

A new opening postdoctoral position in environmental sciences is available at Lund University, Sweden. The funding allows successful candidates to work for four years in the first instance. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before December 21, 2018.

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.

Ecosystem-based climate adaptations involve sustainable management of ecosystems to help humans adapt to climate change. To mitigate coastal erosion by using green infrastructure we will study the effects of two green actions in this project; beach nourishment and re-implantation of eelgrass meadows at four case study sites in southern Sweden. We look to understand how the effects of these measures contribute to increased biodiversity, decreased wave energy and increased cultural ecosystem services at these locations.

Southern Sweden is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. As winds from the west are becoming more common and pushing water towards the coast, Skne and Halland will be further exposed to floods, as storms and precipitation will increase. However, in Denmark and Netherlands where they experience the same problems - beach nourishment and introducing eelgrass meadows has proven to be a successful method. The Swedish Geotechnical Institute, Sweden’s national coordinator on coastal erosion, proposes combining beach nourishment with introducing vegetation on land and sea. The proposed project on how we can protect our coastal areas with green infrastructure, has a clear link with citizens and actors involved in spatial planning processes. The project is multidisciplinary and involves partnership between natural science, social science, geotechnology, engineers, the citizens and public administration on all levels.

- Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English are prerequisites.

- Courses and experience, or a degree in Marine Biology.

- Ability to work independently, while interacting with other researchers is very important.

- Practical experience from working with seagrass or sand dune ecology.


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7.


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