Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbial Ecology, Lund University, Sweden

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbial Ecology: Lund University, a prestigious institution founded in 1666 and consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, is seeking two highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellows in Microbial Ecology. These positions are full-time, fixed-term appointments within the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science. The successful candidates will join a dynamic and diverse research environment focused on understanding microbial responses to environmental changes and their implications for biogeochemistry and climate change feedbacks.

Job Details

DesignationPostdoctoral Fellow in Microbial Ecology
Research AreaMicrobial Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Change
LocationLund, Skåne län, Sweden
Eligibility/QualificationPhD in Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Soil Science, or related discipline completed within the last 3 years

Job Description

The primary duty of the postdoctoral fellows will be to conduct research on how environmental factors such as warming, drought, thawing frost, and extreme weather impact soil microbial communities, focusing on growth rates and microbial biogeochemistry (C, N, and P cycling). Responsibilities include:

  • Characterizing microbial trait distribution and linking these traits to ecosystem functions.
  • Integrating uncovered patterns into ecosystem and global-scale models (e.g., LPJ GUESS / EC-Earth).
  • Conducting fieldwork, laboratory experiments, and establishing field experiments.
  • Collaborating with researchers and PhD students within the MBLU environment.
  • Engaging in teaching (up to 20% of working hours) and participating in higher education training.
  • Actively seeking external research funding.
  • Contributing to administration and collaboration with industry and society.


Applicants must have:

  • A PhD in Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Soil Science, or a related discipline, completed within the last three years (exceptions apply under special circumstances).
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Demonstrated research skills, including experience with laboratory methods relevant to the project.
  • Experience in conducting independent research projects from design to publication.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Experience in microbial ecology, soil microbiology, biogeochemistry, or soil science.
  • Experience with radio-isotope or stable-isotope methods and the analysis of amplicon datasets or other -omics datasets.
  • Publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, especially as first or corresponding author.
  • Good collaborative skills, drive, and independence.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their application in English as a single PDF file, including:

  • Résumé/CV with a list of publications.
  • Cover letter (maximum one page) explaining how their profile matches the position.
  • Contact information for at least two references.
  • Copy of the doctoral degree certificate and other relevant certificates/grades.

Applications should be sent via the Lund University recruitment portal by the last application date.

Last Date for Application

19 July 2024, 11:59 PM CEST

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

  • Johannes Rousk, Professor: +46462223745
  • Union Representatives:
    • OFR/ST: Fackförbundet STkansli, 046-2229362
    • SACO: Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
    • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366

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