Associate Senior University Lecturer in Ecological-Economic Modelling

Application Date Extended: 14 September 2017

Associate Senior University Lecturer in Ecological-Economic Modelling

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research

The Centre for Environmental and Climate Research is seeking to recruit an Associate Senior University Lecturer in Ecological-Economic Modelling with a focus on ecosystem services. CEC has successfully developed integrated ecological-economic modelling, where economic and ecological models are combined to predict consequences of management and policy decisions on ecosystems. This development has resulted in multiple external grants and commissioned work, resulting in a need to further strengthen the modelling team at CEC. The appointee will be expected to play a key role in CEC’s modelling team, leading the development and use of ecological-economic models, in collaboration with researchers at CEC and within the Strategic Research Area Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate, responsible for spatial models for land use, biodiversity and indicators of ecosystem services.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 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 ten departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1900 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 4 years, with the opportunity to promotion to senior lecturer.

Job description
The work tasks are primarily research and teaching on basic and graduate levels, with at least 80 % research. The successful candidate is expected to play a key role in building up active research within the specified field and neighbouring research areas. This also involves applying for external funding and developing cooperation with other university units and other governmental organisations, involved in this type of research. The proportion between teaching and research can change over time and other duties can be included.

The appointed Associate Senior University Lecturer will use integrated ecological-economic modelling as a tool to evaluate the consequences of alternative management regimes and policies on the interaction between economic activity and ecological processes. In particular, the appointee will be expected to provide research leadership in analysing the linkages between land use inagriculture and forestry, biodiversity, ecosystem services and production of food and fibre in a changing and uncertain world. The research will focus on processes at multiple spatial scales (local, national, EU) and varying time horizons (years – decades), considering risk and uncertainty.

The teaching comprises courses on all levels within the field, as well as supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students. The successful candidate is expected to play a key role in building up active research, involving applying for external funding. The appointee will be expected to develop collaboration with different research groups at Lund university, not the least within the strategic research area BECC. The Associate Senior University Lecturer will also be active in outreach and stakeholder dialogue, developing contacts and collaboration within relevant organisations within the green sector, including authorities.

A person who holds a doctorate or a qualification equivalent to a doctorate shall be qualified for appointment as an associate senior lecturer. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than 7 years before the last date for application.

Appointees must possess a doctoral degree or equivalent in environmental science, ecology, applied mathematics, physical geography, agricultural science, environmental or agricultural economics, or related discipline.

For academic staff at Lund University the general qualification requirements are to be suited to and having the general ability required to complete the duties of the post well.

Basis of Assessment
The main selection criteria for the position are scientific and pedagogic skills, with an emphasis on scientific skills. The applicant will be evaluated with respect to the ability to develop combined ecological and economic modelling, where experience in both economic and ecological modelling is a strong merit. Knowledge about handling spatially explicit data in GIS is a merit as are ability to work with mathematical optimization and modelling, as well as decision making under uncertainty. Teaching experience and interest in developing teaching is considered as merits.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their degree of academic achievement including scientific productivity in terms of quality and quantity of scientific publications and external research funding raised in international competition. A research plan must be included as part of the application. In the ranking of applicants, emphasis will be placed on an appraisal of how the applicant, by means of her/his experience, expertise and planned research may be expected to enhance and develop research within the field of ecological-economic modelling at CEC and within the context of BECC.

Excellent written and spoken English is a necessity and strength in a Nordic language a merit. It is expected that any non-Swedish speaking appointee within a three-year period will master the Swedish language well enough to be able to teach and to communicate with the university administration in Swedish.

We put large emphasize on personal qualifications, were we expect the successful candidate to be able to assume responsibilities to work both independently and in collaboration with a larger research group. Experience, ability and willingness to work with a multidisciplinary team and stakeholders is vital.

An associate senior lecturer is to be promoted, on application, to employment as a senior lecturer on an indefinite-term contract if he or she has the qualifications required for the post and is assessed to be suitable in accordance with the qualification requirements and assessment criteria established by the Faculty of Science. An associate senior lecturer may only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements and assessment criteria for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer:

  • Well documented research expertise is important for the discipline. The following criteria will be applied:

– High national and international standing as a researcher
– High-quality publications in international research journals.
– Independent research profile.
– Qualifications corresponding to those of a reader.
– Participation in scholarly conferences or workshops.
– Research funding from national or international funding bodies.

  • Well documented teaching expertise. The following criteria will be applied:

– Good subject knowledge and documented experience of teaching at different levels of higher education.
– Documented ability to develop and renew courses and teaching methods.
– Documented ability to lead and organise education.
– Documented ability to supervise Master´s and PhD students.
– Five weeks´training in teaching and learning in higher education or the equivalent.

  • An ability to interact with wider society and provide public information on current research and development.
  • An ability to work as a leader in higher education, including leading research projects and participating in decision-making bodies at university, faculty or department level.

An application for promotion to a permanent position as senior lecturer is to be submitted to the faculty at the latest 6 months before the appointment as associate senior lecturer ends. The application for promotion is to be judged by the teacher’s appointment board after acquisition of the opinion of at least two experts on the subject.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: As soon as possible after agreement
Salary: Monthly
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Lund
County: Skåne län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: PA2017/2060
Contact: Professor Henrik Smith, +46 46 222 93 79
Union representative: OOFR/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: 31.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

EXTENDED to 14 September 2017


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