Professor in Ecosystem Science with specialisation in Global Biogeochemical Modelling
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The Faculty of Science basic scientific research is carried out in the subject areas of biology, physics, chemistry, environmental science, geology, physical geography and ecosystem science, astronomy and theoretical physics, as well as mathematics and medical radiation physics. Also forming part of the faculty is the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research whose task it is to collect, strengthen and highlight education and research in the area of environment and climate.
The Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science today employs a staff numbering almost100 people of whom approximately 40 are doctoral students. Research is organised in research groups and is concerned with the areas of biogeophysics/biogeochemistry, ecosystem science, remote sensing, GIS, geomorphology and climatology. We study landscape- and ecosystem processes using laboratory studies under controlled conditions, field surveys and modelling. In the undergraduate area we offer two Bachelor's degrees, "Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis" and "Meteorology and Biogeophysics" as well as five Master's programs - all with an international focus (http://www.nateko.lu.se).
Basic information about the position
Reference no: 2012/146
Closing date for applications: September 1, 2012
Date of appointment: As soon as possible
Placement: Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Trades unions at Lund University: OFR, SACO and SEKO
Information about the position: Department Chairman, Karin Hall, +46 (0)46-222 9579, firstname.lastname@example.org, Scientific Director Anders Lindroth, +46 (0)46-222 0474
Information about conditions of employment and the application process: Faculty Personnel Manager Gunilla Thylander, +46 (0)46 222 40 32, email@example.com
Description of the position
The Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science requires a professor whose main task is to manage the department's research and postgraduate courses in ecosystem science with a focus on global biogeochemical modelling. Also inherent in the duties of the position is the fostering of interaction and co-operation between the various research areas within the department. Extensive research is pursued at the department relating to the development and application of models for studies of terrestrial ecosystems, vegetation and biogeochemistry, including their processes. Studies including regional and global scales are of particular interest. At the present approximately 30 people work within the research area.
The successful applicant is expected to take up a leading role in the further development of the established research, which today is of high international quality.
S/he will be active in applying for funding from national and international research councils to contribute to the financing of the on-going work of the research groups and to develop the area further. The appointee is also expected to collaborate with other groups within the department who are active in related subject areas.
The successful candidate is expected to be active in teaching and in course development (both at undergraduate and advanced levels) in ecosystem science, and in supervising undergraduate and master's students' degree projects and supervising doctoral students.
According to Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor except in disciplines in the fine, applied or performing arts. Ordinance (2010:1064).
Qualified candidates are expected to have strong research credentials regarding the development and application of dynamic ecosystem models at the global and regional scales. The emphasis in the qualifications should be a focus on the effects of climate change on ecosystems and their feedback mechanisms that operate between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Important areas of competence comprise earth system models and global biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems.
Scientific output will be assessed on the basis of quality and quantity of scientific papers. Documented experience of academic leadership, the ability to work co-operatively and to obtain external research grants in international competition are important merits.
The appointee should have supervised doctoral students up to the defence of their theses. Demonstrated experience of supervision of degree projects and the implementation and development of courses in ecosystem science with a focus on modelling at both intermediate and advanced levels (including the doctoral level) are important merits.
When ranking the applicants, great importance is placed on the way in which the applicant, by means of her/his experience and competence can be judged to enhance and develop research regarding dynamic ecosystem modelling with particular focus on global and regional scales at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science.
The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor, according to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of scientific or artistic competence. Each higher education institution itself determines what assessment criteria are otherwise to apply to the appointment of a professor. Ordinance (2010:1064).In making the appointment, the regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for teaching positions that are given in Lund University's Rules and regulations for academic appointments (http://www3.lu.se/pers/Regler/foreskrift_ao_larare_en.pdf) and in Lund University's Strategic Plan, will also be taken into consideration http://www.lu.se/upload/Strategic_plan_20120216.pdf
The personal abilities to successfully fulfill the duties of the position will also be taken into account when making the appointment and the fact that the university strives to achieve an even gender balance in this type of post.
Required content of the application
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