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Supervisory Committee

Each doctoral student is to have a Supervisory Committee consisting at least of:

The decision concerning who sits on the Supervisory Committee is taken by the Director of Postgraduate Studies using a special form that is archived by the an administrator who will archive all documents relating to the postgraduate studies of doctoral students.

The Supervisory Committee holds a Progress Meeting with the doctoral student once per semester.

The role of the Examiner

The overall role of the Examiner is to be responsible for the quality and content of postgraduate studies at the doctoral student level. The Examiner’s most important tasks are:

  • to summon the Supervisory Committee to meetings and to take responsibility for the Progress Meetings, as well as annual follow-ups of the Individual Study Plan
  • to determine which courses and other components the doctoral student can earn credits for
  • to be responsible for organising the Mid-term seminar
  • to make sure that the comprehensive thesis summary follows these guidlines (pdf; 46 kB)
  • to carry out the final quality check before the public defence of the thesis
  • to register the public defence of the thesis
  • to chair the public defence of the thesis
  • to ensure that the PhD student registers to claim their PhD Diploma following the defence

Find more information on the role of the Examiner in this about the Role and Responsibilities of the Examiner.

Examiners

  • David O’Carroll, Functional Zoology
  • Klas Flärdh, Molecular Cell Biology
  • Dennis Hasselquist, Memeg
  • Anders Hedenström, Evolutionary Ecology
  • Katarina Hedlund, Biodiversity
  • Almut Kelber, Functional Zoology
  • Emma Kritzberg, Aquatic Ecology
  • Pål Axel Olsson, Biodiversity
  • Allan Rasumusson, Molecular Cell Biology
  • Tobias Uller, Evolutionary Ecology
  • Eric Warrant, Functional Zoology
  • Susanne Åkesson, Evolutionary Ecology

The role of the Main Supervisor

The doctoral student’s Main Supervisor is the person in closest contact with the doctoral student and his or her research project. The Main Supervisor is responsible for the doctoral student’s ongoing postgraduate studies and functions as the doctoral student’s advisor and source of knowledge and support on the journey from an undergraduate student to an independent researcher with his or her own research questions and ideas.

The Assistant Supervisor is to be a researcher beyond the postdoc level. This means an Associate Senior Lecturer, a Senior Lecturer or a Professor (or their equivalents), preferably within the department and always within Lund University. At a minimum, the Main Supervisor is to have undergone special training in supervision and at least one of the supervisors (i.e. the Main Supervisor or the Assistant Supervisor) must possess the qualifications necessary to be a Docent and also be tenured.

The role of the MainSupervisor is:

  • to introduce the PhD student to the education and workplace with the help of this checklist (pdf; 116 kB)
  • to generate a creative research environment around the doctoral student both within and outside the research team (e.g. through international contacts)
  • to be accessible to the doctoral student and to take responsibility for regular meetings with the doctoral student
  • to take an active role in, and provide guidance for, the thesis work (planning of upcoming work and problem-solving)
  • to discuss the doctoral student’s work in courses and teaching
  • to ensure that the doctoral student has the necessary resources

The duties of the Main Supervisor are:

  • to create an Individual Study Plan
  • to take immediate responsibility for the quality of the thesis
  • to be accessible to the doctoral student and meet him or her regularly
  • to take an active role in the development of the thesis work and to discuss the doctoral student’s work in courses and teaching
  • to take part in the doctoral Progress Meetings
  • to discuss the expectations of the supervisor and the PhD student together with the PhD student, please use this document as a starting point (pdf; 100 kB)

The role of the Assistant Supervisor

The doctoral student’s Assistant Supervisor is to assist the Main Supervisor and to be able to act as a deputy supervisor for example in the absence of the Main Supervisor. The Assistant Supervisor is to be knowledgeable about the doctoral student’s research subject but can broaden the doctoral student’s research horizons and contribute to supervision by having specialist knowledge beyond the research subject.

The Assistant Supervisor can be a young researcher beyond the postdoc level, e.g. an Associate Senior Lecturer, or a Senior Lecturer or a Professor (or their equivalents), preferably within Lund University or at least within the geographical vicinity. At least one of the supervisors (i.e. the Main Supervisor or the Assistant Supervisor) must possess the qualifications necessary to be a Docent and also be tenured

The role of the Assistant Supervisor:

  • to contribute to the doctoral student’s academic environment
  • to broaden the doctoral student’s research horizons
  • to assist the Main Supervisor in the development of the thesis work

The duties of the Assistant Supervisor are:

  • to act as a deputy supervisor, e.g. in the absence of the Main Supervisor
  • to take over the supervision if the Main Supervisor is unable to complete the supervisory task for various reasons
  • to take part in the doctoral Progress Meetings

The role of the Scientific Mentor

The doctoral student’s Scientific Mentor is a person who is outside the doctoral student’s research team and who can provide independent support and advice as well as tips and ideas on the research project, the work situation and the student’s future career. The advantage of having a Scientific Mentor is that the doctoral student’s network and perspectives are broadened. The research project can also be discussed on the basis of the Mentor’s background and experience, thereby providing different and valuable tips and advice on the research itself. By meeting at least once per semester (for example over lunch) the Mentor and the doctoral student can discuss subjects that are difficult or inappropriate to take up with the supervisors or the Examiner (such as work environment problems). The Mentor meetings can be compared to an informal doctoral Progress Meeting without the supervisors.

The Mentor must be a tenured researcher, a Senior Lecturer or Professor, preferably within Lund University. The Mentor is welcome to attend the doctoral Progress Meetings, but is not obliged to do so (with the exception of the first one).

The role of the Scientific Mentor:

  • to provide the doctoral student with independent support and advice
  • to function as a sounding-board for the student’s research ideas
  • to function as a resource person for the doctoral student
  • to provide the doctoral student with perspective and inspiration
  • to function as a sounding-board in case of problems and tricky situations

The duties of the Scientific Mentor:

  • to always be accessible to the doctoral student
  • to meet the doctoral student at least once per semester
  • to attend the first doctoral Progress Meeting together with the doctoral student and the rest of the Supervisory Committee
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Directors of Postgraduate Studies

Per Lundberg
Professor
Evolutionary Ecology

Telephone: +46 46-222 37 67
E-mail: Per [dot] Lundberg [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Emma Kritzberg
Senior lecturer
Aquatic Ecology

Telephone: +46 46-222 40 79
E-mail: Emma [dot] Kritzberg [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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