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Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 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.

Project description

To mitigate loss of farmland biodiversity, including insect pollinators, much effort has been spent on preserving and managing semi-natural grasslands. However, our ability to reverse current negative trends using only this approach is limited, since grasslands that have already been lost are difficult to restore and costly to manage for increased benefits to biodiversity. In addition, semi-natural grasslands are today mostly managed by grazing, resulting in a lack of critical floral resources for many insects during summer. In this project, we will therefore investigate if management of the landscape surrounding semi-natural grasslands, focusing on increasing the availability of flower resources during critical periods, can enhance their conservation value for flower-visiting insects.

Work tasks

This project will include designing and carrying out field experiments to investigate if proper management of the surrounding landscape can enhance the conservation value of grasslands for flower-visiting mobile insects. Specifically, the PhD student will study measures that create complementary/supplementary food resources – particularly late in the season when grasslands are often heavily grazed – and thereby potentially reduce extinction risks and enhance population sizes of pollinating insects in semi-natural grasslands. To achieve this, the PhD-student will combine observational and experimental field-studies with meta-analysis of existing data, to determine the effects of increasing availability of flower resources in the surrounding landscape on the abundance of bees and butterflies in semi-natural grazed grasslands. The PhD project is placed in an attractive research environment at the Department of Biology, Lund University.

Required qualifications

We are in particular looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Master’s degree (including a degree project of 30 credits or more) in biology, environmental science, ecology, or equivalent. The candidate should have documented knowledge of biodiversity science and/or conservation biology.  Knowledge of landscape ecology, animal ecology and/or agri-ecology are meriting. Previous experience with planning and carrying out field experiments and field surveys, as well as documented ability to use GIS and carrying out statistical analyses are advantages. We expect the candidate to be a team player with good communication skills in English. A driving license is a requirement. Proficiency in Swedish is meriting.

Eligibility
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§.

Application 

Applications should be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position, and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain 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.).

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment In accordance to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/197
Contact
  • Henrik Smith, Recruiting Manager , +46 46 222 93 79
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 23.Jan.2020
Last application date 16.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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Lunds Universitet, naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, biologiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 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.

Project description

Blooms like it hot – or not

Aquatic environments are of enormous importance as natural resources of drinking water, fish production and recreation. However, surface waters worldwide are threatened by toxic cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms. The ruling paradigm (blooms like it hot) is that there will be more frequent and intense cyanobacterial blooms in the due to higher temperatures and higher nutrient input. However, during the recent extreme hot summer in Sweden, we observed inconsistencies in this prediction. The event 2018 led to a complete shift in the algal community of a drinking water supply. lnstead a non-cyanobacterium, a potentially toxic dinoflagellate bloomed. This leads to new issues and challenges for management and drinking water plants.

Work tasks

The overall goal of the project is to investigate and include the effect of extreme weather events in conceptual models for future algal blooms, thereby filling an important  knowledge gap. The specific aims include determining how widespread community shifts were in 2018, to which extent spring temperatures determine bloom composition, and if the drought reduced nutrient inputs thereby allowing cyanobacteria to be outcompeted. ln addition, algal toxins will be investigated in the various stages of drinking water treatment.

The PhD student will thus organize and perform field studies and laboratory experiments, as well as analyze data from the national phytoplankton monitoring program. The PhD student will also be involved in a citizen science program to enhance public engagement and provide high-intensity sampling.

Required qualifications

The candidate is required to hold a Master’s degree in biology or equivalent, specialized on freshwater or marine ecology.

The successful candidate fulfills the following qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge on aquatic ecosystems
  • Practical experience with microscopy
  • Practical experience of laboratory work
  • Experience of working with microalgae or other microorganism
  • Very good knowledge in English
  • Drivers license

Additional valuable merits are:

  • Algal culturing skills
  • Experience of field work
  • Experience of basic molecular biological techniques
  • Experience of analyzing large datasets

lmportant personal qualities are to be creative, good at problem-solving, a team-worker, independent, resilient and structured.

Eligibility

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§.

Application

The application should include all of the following: a curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic letters, a personal letter stating your interest for the project and doctoral studies as well as any relevant experience for the project, documentation of English language skills (for non-native English speakers), contact information (phone, email) of two personal references. Relevant publications, including accepted academic papers or research thesis can also be enclosed.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2020-05-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/4295
Contact
  • Karin Rengefors, Professor, +46462228427, karin.rengefors@biol.lu.se
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 18.Dec.2019
Last application date 15.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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