Postdoctoral fellow in Biology – Lund University, Sweden

    Postdoctoral fellow in Biology - Lund University, Sweden

    Postdoctoral fellow to be carried out together with researchers in the INVISMO project, the Systematic Biology Group at the Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

    Deadline to Apply

    May 28, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral fellow
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaBiology
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceSystematic Biology Group
    Department of Biology
    Lund University
    Contract Period2 Years
    Working hours100
    Starting dateSep 01, 2021


    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. Candidates should have a keen interest in general evolutionary theory and demonstrate an ability to work both independently and in teams with other researchers, including co-supervising PhD and MSc students.


    • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
    • Experience and skills in the following areas is essential: phylogenetic comparative analyses
    • A strong record of publishing in internationally recognized scientific journals. The scientific aptitude and the ability to develop and carry out high-quality research within the subject area will be given special attention in the assessment of the candidate

    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 and skills in the following areas is desirable: imaging techniques (especially microCT), knowledge of butterfly systematics, familiarity with the R environment
    • Importance will be attached to the potential of the candidate to develop as an independent researcher

    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.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The successful candidate will join the INVISMO project (headed by Emily Baird, Stockholm University) under the supervision of co-PI Niklas Wahlberg. The successful candidate will do a comparative study of vision in butterflies that live in different habitats, from closed forests to open meadows. The work will be carried out together with researchers in the INVISMO project, the Systematic Biology Group at the Department of Biology, Lund University, as well as a broad network of international colleagues.

    The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

    The postdoc project will involve generating and analyzing micro-CT images of butterfly eyes from a wide selection of species living in different habitats around the world. The generated data will be analyzed in a comparative phylogenetic framework, using existing phylogenetic hypotheses, to investigate whether the evolution of butterfly vision is constrained by development, or whether vision is a labile character that can evolve quickly in response to changes in the environment.

    The successful candidate will be expected to do comparative analyses and potentially analyses of diversification dynamics, using the latest algorithms and programs. Experience with these is desirable.

    How to Apply?

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    Documents Required

    Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

    • résumé/CV, including a list of publications
    • a cover letter including 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

    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 4 September 2008.

    About Lund University

    Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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 Sciences. 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.


    My Geborek, HR Coordinator
    Phone: +46 46 222 48 53

    Niklas Wahlberg, Professor
    Phone: +46 46 222 31 02

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    Postdoctoral fellow in Biology

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday May 29th, 2021 (GMT+9)