MEMO2: MEthane goes MObile – MEsurements and MOdelling

ESR4: Mobile measurements for detecting methane emissions from wetlands and lakes


Supervisor: Prof. Janne Rinne (Lund University, Sweden), co-supervisor: Dr. Dominik Brunner (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Switzerland)
Employer: Lund University, Sweden

Project description: The successful applicant will quantify methane emissions in Sweden with focus on wetlands, lakes by use of mobile measurements using a small research aircraft and vehicle based measurements. Furthermore, isotopic analyses in the field and lab will be used to identify sources of measured methane. She/he will be actively involved in planning and successful implementation of measurements and data analysis, and will take part of trans-European mobile measurement campaigns and summer schools organized by MEMO2.

Secondments: The successful candidate will spend 1 month at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Switzerland, for modelling of CH4 from wetlands, further 2 weeks at Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, for isotope measurements, and 1 month at the non-academic partner Avfall Sverige, Sweden, for measurements on landfills.

We are searching for: The position involves creative and varied work and the candidate will become a member of a dynamic, international and multifaceted research group. She/he has an inner drive, and is devoted and motivated to work with state-of-the-art environmental research. She/he is expected to hold a university degree (MSc. or equivalent) in atmospheric or environmental science (or equivalent). Knowledge within the field of atmospheric boundary layer processes and a scientific programming language such as Matlab or R equivalent to a minimum of 15 credits each, are required, as well as a driver’s license (B eligibility). Knowledge within biogeochemical cycles is desirable, as is experience of fieldwork.
Demonstrated experience in scientific writing, such as publications, essays or equivalent in English is essential. We are looking for an independent and creative person who thrives in a dynamic research environment. The project requires close collaboration with Swedish and foreign scientists, and accordingly, the applicant should be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Moreover, the candidate should be able to take responsibility for parts of the research project and in an independent way perform field work tasks. Candidates must be willing to travel abroad for secondments and measurement campaigns, and to present their research to an international research community. As this project requires close collaboration within the consortium, candidates are expected to be excellent team players. The participation in workshops and secondments during the project is mandatory. According to EU eligibility criteria, researchers may be of any nationality, BUT must be at their early carrier stage and may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the application deadline.

What we offer: The candidate will join the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science in Lund University, one of the largest and oldest universities in Nordic countries. Lund University has recently been ranked 16th in the field of geography world-wide by the QS World University Rankings and the Department has very international staff and student body. The four-year studentship is sub-divided into three years of research and courses within the Marie Slodowska-Curie ITN project MEMO2, and one additional year at LU (Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§). MSCA-ETN projects are part of Horizon 2020 and offer attractive salaries and working conditions following the conditions as described in the respective work programs.

Selection procedure: The selection procedure will follow the Code of Conduct for Recruitment. Candidates will be selected first on EU eligibility criteria, second on qualifications. An overall subject description, with the relevant eligibility and degree requirements as well as the aims and objectives of postgraduate studies, is detailed in the General Study Plan for Geobiosphere Science. The PhD degree includes 240 higher education credits (hp) of which 60 are for theoretical courses. Following the rules of Lund University and the Science Faculty, the PhD student recruitment will be led by a group of 3 to 4 representatives from the faculty including an independent researcher, the main supervisor and a representative of the personnel administration.
The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998:80. 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. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview before appointment. Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Deadline: Eligible applications received before 15 March 2017 will receive full consideration.

Contact: Applications should be sent directly to A copy should send to The application material should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, copies of university and high-school degrees (including grades) and either two letters of recommendation or contact information of two people that can be contacted for reference. For more information on the MEMO2 project, including this and other vacancies, please visit the MEMO2 website.

For more information on the position please contact Prof. Janne Rinne, phone: 046-222 40 19, e-mail:, or Dr. Jutta Holst, phone: 046-222 40 39, e-mail: