Doctoral Student position in Environmental Science with focus on Land Use for a Sustainable Future

Lund University
Lund, Sweden
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Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Lunds universitet

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 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.

About the Agenda 2030 Graduate School

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.

Read more about the graduate school here:

Entry requirements and eligibility

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 position requires:

  • That you have been awarded a second-cycle natural sciences degree.
  • That you have excellent skills in oral and written English communication.

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
  • That you have completed an independent project of at least 30 credits (e.g. degree project) in a relevant field, or have fulfilled an equivalent study programme.

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.

Basis of assessment

Applicant´s general competence:

  • Quality and content of the applicant’s previous written work, such as a master’s thesis
  • Relevant educational background
  • Relevant work experience

Scientific quality of the project idea:

  • Ability to describe, question and discuss the suggested research area
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation in the formulation of the research questions
  • Clear expression and sufficient detail

Appointment procedure

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.

Type of employment

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

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