Post doctoral fellow in uncertainty in scientific assesments

Lund University


September 30, 2022


Lund University, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 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.

Subject description Characterisation of uncertainty includes identifying sources of uncertainty and evaluating their importance on the conclusions of an assessment. Subjective probability is a quantitative description of uncertainty that allows for combining principles of expert elicitation with Bayesian inference and probabilistic modelling. The aim of this research is to develop and study the implementation of principles and methods to characterise uncertainty using subjective probability in scientific assessment in practice.

Work duties The postdoc will work with integrating data and evidence into models using computational modelling, including statistical modelling and machine learning, combined with expert knowledge elicitation to assess uncertainty in conclusions of an assessment. Specific focus is on uncertainties associated with new approach methodologies (NAMs) and Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) used for chemical safety assessment as part of the RISK-HUNT3R project. The candidate will be involved in conceptualisation and applications of uncertainty characterisation in case studies defined within the project. This is a multi-disciplinary project involving statistical modelling and risk assessment, in collaboration with researchers in other disciplines, such as toxicology and molecular biology as well as computational science, statistics and risk analysis.

  • Active contribution to method development, including taking part of training, to pursue the overall project goals
  • Active participation at international conferences is expected, as well as dissemination of results in peer-reviewed publications
  • If interested, supervise degree projects as well as co-supervise PhD
  • Actively seek independent research funding during the employment period, providing the opportunity to transition towards an independent researcher position
  • Limited administration
  • 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, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

    Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • A higher education in mathematics and statistics or similar, with experience in Bayesian modelling
  • We are looking for a candidate with an interest in using subjective probability to quantify uncertainty. There will be learning opportunities in principles and methods for expert knowledge elicitation, Bayesian modelling (including generelisations thereof) and chemical safety assessment.

    Assessment criteria and other qualifications 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
  • Additional assessment criteria:

  • Experience of expert knowledge elicitation, evidence synthesis, quantitative risk assessment or uncertainty analysis in risk assessment
  • Experience of NAMs and AOPs for assessment of chemical exposure and effects on humans
  • The applicants must have the ability to collaborate well and communicate scientific materials to non-scientists
  • Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and 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.

    Terms of employment This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum 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”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated February 1st 2022.

    Instructions on how to apply Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages)
  • contact information of at least two references
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered
  • The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science. 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 Science, CEC (https:// www. conducts research, education and communication on environmental science and climate research at Lund University.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment as soon as possible Salary monthly salary Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2022/2910 Contact

  • Ullrika Sahlin, universitetslektor, +46462226831
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
  • Published 09.Sep.2022 Last application date 30.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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