Lund University

Senior Lecturer in aeronautical sciences with focus on unmanned aerial systems

2024-08-15 (Europe/Stockholm)
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Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 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.

Lund University School of Aviation (LUSA) is recruiting Senior Lecturer focusing on applications and development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). As a department at the Lund University Faculty of Engineering (LTH) LUSA serves as a competence node in Aeronautical Sciences; including sustainable aviation, unmanned aviation and aviation safety. We are also a certified commercial flight school and authorised drone school.

LUSA hosts several research infrastructures, including the UAS Lab but also a jet engine-lab for full-scale testing in jet engines. We strive to establish our UAS Lab as a national resource and research infrastructure on ground and in the air.

With this senior lecturership we seek the future leader of our research group in unmanned aerial systems. While actively developing the research group and its focus areas, the senior lecturer is also supposed to support research groups across the wide Lund University in their endeavours to apply and develop unmanned aerial systems in their respective domains. The senior lecturer is also expected to collaborate with various Swedish agencies and stakeholders, contributing to the development and application of unmanned aerial systems at a national level.


The subject of the employment is aeronautical sciences with a special focus on the development and application of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Subject description

The development and application of UAS are conducted around a number of different aspects; including system integration, mission planning, autonomous flight, human-machine interaction, communication technology, aerodynamics, propulsion systems and materials. For this position we are looking for a senior lecturer with a background in either aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering (hardware), automatic control or computer science (software) to contribute to the development of UAS for various societal applications.

Work duties

Work duties include:

  • Research within the subject area.
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies.
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students.
  • Actively seeking external research funding.
  • Collaboration with industry and wider society.
  • Participation as an expert in national and international projects on unmanned aerial systems
  • Provide support, through the UAS Lab research infrastructure, for researchers and research groups at Lund University, in their efforts to apply or develop unmanned aerial systems in their research.
  • System integration of UAS.
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to senior lecturer requires that the applicant has:

  • A PhD or corresponding research competence or professional expertise considered important with regard to the subject matter of the post and the work duties it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means, unless there are valid reasons.

Assessment criteria

When assessing the applicants, special importance will be given to research and teaching expertise within the subject, with research experience being the most important.

The assessment criteria specify the aspects to be taken into account, and the level to be achieved, in order for the assessment criteria to be deemed fulfilled. The following assessment criteria must be fulfilled for appointment to senior lecturer:

  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • An ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A general ability to lead and develop activities.

Additional requirements

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience from developing or operating manned or unmanned aerial systems.
  • Collaborative skills, initiative and the ability to solve work tasks independently.

Other qualifications

Significant documented research experience (e.g. from postdoc or doctoral studies) from another university/institute or relevant experience from industry/public sector.

  • Authorisation to operate unmanned aerial systems in the EASA Open A1/A2/A3 categories.
  • Experiences from development projects
  • A previous holder or holder of a flight certificate.
  • Completed ATP(H)- or ATP(A) theory.

The extent to which the applicant, through their experience and skills, may complement and strengthen ongoing research, undergraduate education, departmental innovation, and how they can contribute to the future development of the department will also be taken into consideration.

We offer 

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.  Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee:

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

LTH is Lund University’s Faculty of Engineering. At LTH we educate people, build knowledge for the future and work hard for the development of society. We create space for brilliant research and inspire creative advancements in technology, architecture and design. We have nearly 10,000 students. Every year, our researchers – many of whom work in world-leading profile areas – publish around 100 theses and 2 000 scientific findings. In addition, many of our research and degree projects are transformed into innovations. Together we explore and create – to benefit the world.

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Type of employment: Permanent position
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: As soon as possible
Salary: Monthly
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100 %
City: Lund
County: Skåne län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: PA2024/1038
  1. Johan Bergström, +46462220880
Union representative:
  1. SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364,
  2. OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362,
Published: 2024-05-30
Last application date: 2024-08-15

Job details

Senior Lecturer in aeronautical sciences with focus on unmanned aerial systems
Box 117 Lund, Sweden
Application deadline
2024-08-15 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-08-15 23:59 (CET)
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