Researcher in Biology, Collective behaviour in animal groups

Lund University
March 08, 2023
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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 around 46 000 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.

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

Work duties The candidate will be involved in a project investigating self-organisation and collective behaviour in animal groups. The candidate will be responsible for analyzing and modelling the movement and interactions of fishes in schools. This will involve working with trajectory data to quantify movement strategies and social interactions of individuals within groups. The work will be entirely computationally focused and would suit someone with demonstrable experience in trajectory or motion analyzes. The work would involve communicating findings with experimental biologists to inform new analytical approaches. There is the potential for the candidate to work remotely, with regular online meetings between researchers working at Lund and Cambridge Universities.


  • PhD in biology, computer science, engineering, physics, or applied mathematics.
  • Experience in analyzing or modelling animal movement with agent-based models.
  • Knowledge of model fitting, signal processing, computer vision and tracking.
  • Other merits

  • Excellent skills in computer programming / coding / data analysis / modelling (e.g. R, Python, Matlab)
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • An ability to disseminate work and produce quality publications
  • Experience with statistical analyzes and model fitting
  • An interest in animal movement and behaviour
  • Terms of employment This is a Fixed-Term full time contract for 1 year .The position is available as soon as possible. There is the possibility for working remote.

    Please contact Dr James Herbert-Read, [email protected] for more information.

    Instructions on how to apply Application must be written in English and should include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the employment corresponds to your qualifications. The application should 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.).

    The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science. 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.

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    Type of employment Temporary position

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 2023-04-01 or according to agreement Number of positions 1 Full-time equivalent 100 City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2023/532 Contact

  • James Herbert-Read, [email protected]
  • Helena Skönvall, HR, [email protected]
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, [email protected]
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
  • Published 22.Feb.2023 Last application date 08.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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