Lund University, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem 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.
The chief reason for scientific uncertainty about how much climate change
will occur for a given scenario of future emissions of greenhouse gases is
that clouds are especially challenging to represent in numerical models.
Clouds affect the Earth's radiation budget and changes in their properties can
reinforce or offset any ongoing climate change.
Most of the volume of the troposphere is subzero. There any clouds contain
ice. There has been controversy about initiation of ice in clouds, especially
regarding the identity of aerosol species (‘ice nuclei') initiating the
first ice and whether their action is appreciably time-dependent.
This project aims to represent lab observations of ice initiation in a cloud
model and to investigate the effects from activity of ice nucleus aerosols on
The project is part of a larger collaboration between experimentalists and
atmospheric modellers in Sweden at Lund, in USA and in Norway at Oslo.
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct
research. The work will involve numerical modelling. The researcher will
develop microphysics schemes in a global model so as to treat various
mechanisms of ice initiation. Satellite and other observations of clouds will
be collected so as to verify the accuracy of the global model developments.
Impacts on the climate from changes in ice-nucleating aerosols from
anthropogenic emissions will be evaluated.
This will involve coding with FORTRAN 90 in a UNIX Environment. The work will
be performed in a team of atmospheric modellers at the Department of Physical
Geography and Ecosystem Science.
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
The applicant must have a PhD degree in meteorology (e.g. climate
science) latest at the date for employment decision.
Experience of FORTRAN in UNIX environment
Very good oral and written proficiency in English
The PhD must have involved numerical modelling
It is desirable to have documented knowledge from their university education
Mathematics, especially differential equations
Numerical methods and/or computer programming
It will be advantageous if the applicant is experienced with modeling of
either clouds or climate.
In the application, applicants should provide evidence of how they meet these
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
A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research
Documented ability to write computer programs
Knowledge and experience in the areas noted above, such as cloud physics and
modelling of either clouds or climate
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 19 th of November 2021.
Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file
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.
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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 10 January 2022 or according to agreement for two
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
County Skåne län
Reference number PA2022/51
Vaughn Phillips, Senior University Lecturer, +46 46 222 17 32,
Tina Olsson, Human Resource Coorinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Last application date 23.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET
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