Doctoral Student in Environmental Science

Lund University, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research

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.

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 ( conducts research, education and communication on environmental science and climate research at Lund University.

Boreal forest recovery after clear-cut or forest fire: We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to model and forecast greenhouse gas exchanges and carbon pools of boreal forests after disturbance.

Boreal forests constitute the second largest forest biome after the tropical rainforest, with an estimated contribution of 20% of the global terrestrial CO2 sink. To date, very little is known on the impact of forest clear-cuts and of wildfires on Sweden's boreal forest ecosystems and their carbon balance, particularly regarding the early recovery years.

This PhD project will use simulations of an ecosystem model and remote sensing data to analyse scenarios of alternative reforestation strategies (after clear-cut and after forest fire) for different climate predictions. Overall the project's results will improve quantification and reduce uncertainties of the greenhouse gas budgets for Sweden's forests.

PhD Project

This PhD project is embedded in a large Formas project that aims to assess the biotic and abiotic climate effects (“costs”) of rotation forestry. The PhD student will gain research experience in state-of-the-art ecosystem modelling, remote sensing data analysis, and be able to work in an international team with world-leading scientists. The climate-change related research will support the fulfilling of the Paris Agreement and the ambitious Swedish climate mitigation targets.

In collaboration with ecosystem modellers and inverse modellers, the PhD student will combine data assimilation techniques and simulations with the ecosystem model LPJ-GUESS, to analyse scenarios of alternative reforestation strategies (after clear-cut and after forest fire) driven by climate model data. We will support the PhD student in publishing the results in high-quality journals and to present them at international conferences. The post is based in Lund, Sweden.



  • University degree (preferably MSc or equivalent) in a natural science subject (e.g. environmental sciences, physical geography, atmospheric sciences, ecosystem analysis, ecology, biology).
  • In-depth background knowledge in greenhouse gas budgeting, climate science
  • Very good numeric skills, statistics and experience with ecosystem modelling and programming languages: Matlab, Python, C++
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to tackle research problems and to work in a team but also independently, and to complete activities on time


  • Strong interest and background in forest ecology and forest management
  • Strong interest in programming and computational data analysis
  • Experience with writing scientific publications, especially in English
  • Knowledge in handling of remote sensing imagery and other large data sets
  • Other experience relevant to the PhD studies, e.g. professional experience


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.

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.

Type of employment

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

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter, a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.). Please do not send us any original documents unless we ask for them.

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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment: 1 September 2021 or upon availability
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100
City: Lund
County: Skåne län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: PA2021/2187

Contact: Union representative:
  • 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
Published: 17.Jun.2021
Last application date: 18.Jul.2021 11:59 PM CET

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