PhD Scholarship Position in Environmental Science with Focus on Land Use for A Sustainable Future Within The Agenda 2030 Graduate School

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in sustainable development at Lund University, Sweden. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for four years in Sweden. Potential candidates should apply before August 18, 2019.

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 position is a four-year PhD project in Environmental Science located within an attractive interdisciplinary research environment at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC), at Lund University. Today, CEC has around twenty graduate students with opportunities for collaboration with research groups across Europe.

Agenda 2030 is the framework for sustainable development that the world's nations have signed to end extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, solve the climate crisis, promote peace and equity and much more. In order to achieve the goals, research has several important roles: to identify challenges and conflicting objectives, contribute to new solutions, generate dialogue and learning between different societal stakeholders and critically analyse the goals. Lund University aspires to be a part of the solution and has therefore started a graduate school focusing on societal challenges, sustainability issues and Agenda 2030. We now welcome to the graduate school applicants from various disciplinary backgrounds who want to take an active role in Agenda 2030 research. The graduate school offers a unique opportunity to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on global challenges and contribute to current research while deepening your subject knowledge.

The graduate school will have at least 12 doctoral students from all faculties. You will be associated with a specific research education programme, and simultaneously take part in the university-wide interdisciplinary research education courses, developed on the basis of the issues defined by the global goals. The courses provide great potential to develop new forms of collaboration and work for change across disciplinary boundaries. Besides the research education courses, you will participate in several activities linked to the graduate school in order to take an active part in the global sustainability agenda and to advance the research front on issues concerning Agenda 2030, for example through seminars, conferences, study trips and collaboration with various societal stakeholders.

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We are looking for a highly motivated person with an interest in performing research on land use for a sustainable future, including water and urban issues. You are expected to have good collaborative abilities as well as abilities to develop and run projects independently.

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.

A common requirement for all applicants is to present a research idea with a clear connection to Agenda 2030. All project ideas are welcome, but applicants should take Agenda 2030's holistic approach as a starting point rather than focusing on individual sustainability goals.

Applications must be submitted through the Lund University job application portal and include a curriculum vitae, grade transcripts, a master thesis or similar degree projects, one or two references and other documents that you wish to submit.

Enclosed in the electronic application, you present the research area in which you would like to work in the form of a Letter of Intent describing your motivation to conduct research studies within the framework of the announced position. How can you, through research education in Environmental science and the graduate school, contribute to innovative thinking and boundary-crossing research linked to sustainable land use and Agenda 2030? How can your experience and skills contribute to the suggested research area? The Letter of Intent must not exceed 7000 characters including spaces, footnotes and list of references, and must be written in English.

A limited number of candidates will be called to interviews to be held in autumn 2019, either by personal meetings or by video conference.

A selected top candidate will be invited to Centre for environmental and climate research to meet relevant supervisor groups and discuss potential projects. As a result of these discussions, one project will be selected for further development by the student-supervisor group.

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


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