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Project Coordinator

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 23 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg
First day of employment: As soon as possible, upon agreement
Reference number: PET 2016/795

At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv) we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg. The current position is placed at the University building in Gothenburg Botanical garden.

The Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre will be launched on January 1st, 2017 hosted by the Department of Biological and Environmental Science (http://bioenv.gu.se). The Centre has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry through various outreach activities.

The Centre represents a long-term collaboration among the following institutions at the University of Gothenburg: the Department of Marine Sciences, the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, the Department of Geosciences, Herbarium GB, the Centre for Sea and Society, and the Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology. Moreover, it comprises the following organisations: Department of Energy & Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Havets Hus, Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Nordens Ark, The Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, and Universeum Science Centre.

The Centre Director is Prof. Alexandre Antonelli and the Steering Board's Chairman is Prof. Mari Källersjö.

The research group of Alexandre Antonelli (Antonelli Lab, http://antonelli-lab.net) comprises ca 13 employees including students, researchers and administrative personnel, as well as ca twenty associated members. The group works with several biodiversity-related questions with focus on evolution and biogeography of the American tropics. The group's research have had large international impact and received several prestigious grants, from the European Research Council ERC, the Swedish Research Council VR, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, among others.

Job assignments

We are seeking a scientific project coordinator. You will have one working place but work 40% of the time with the Biodiversity centre and 60% with the Antonelli lab.

Your role is to coordinate these two groups. The work includes, among other things, to organise conferences and meetings, follow up on project executions, compile reports and newsletters, update homepages, communicate with the public, be active on social media, represent the groups, write press releases, discuss strategic investments and priorities, participate in recruitments, lead the work for a joint office space, apply for external funding, and overview the economy. You will participate and contribute in strategic development of goals, contents and follow-up of tasks. The position does not include separate time for own research but you will have the possibility to participate in some research projects if there is time and interest.

You will work closely with the Centre's steering board, members of the Antonelli Lab, and the department's administrative staff. You will contribute to strengthen and improve relations within the Biodiversity centre and with external organisations (private and public) within the field.


For this employment you must have:

A Master Degree, a PhD Degree, or equivalent, within a subject related to biodiversity or biology.

Experience of project coordination for your own or others' projects.

Experience of outreach activities.

Excellent ability to communicate in spoken and written English.

Documented good strategic and administrative capacity.

Excellent collaborative skills but also be capable of working independently and focused.

Experience of speaking in front of others and give presentations.

We will put high value on personal skills.

Other merits
We are seeking someone engaged and updated in questions related to outreach and research, who is self-motivated and has the capacity to plan and execute projects according to strategies and goals, who has the ability to strategic thinking and is able to create a holistic view of situations. Ability to communicate in spoken and written Swedish is an additional merit. It would also be advantageous if you have experience in economy, arrangement of conferences, and experience in developing or updating homepages. Moreover, we wish that you are a good listener, open and service-minded.

The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which might be held in English and could also be performed by phone/skype.

Additional information

The application must include:
A letter (max 2 pages) with a personal description in which you describe why you are interested of this position and how you fulfil the qualifications we are seeking.

A list of qualifications (CV)

Copy of certificate of exam

Contact information for at least two referees that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications.

Related information

For further information please contact

Alexandre Antonelli, Professor
+46 703 989 570

Henrik Aronsson, Head of department
+ 46 (0) 31 786 4802


Labour union

OFR/S: Peter Brandt
+46 (0) 31 786 1169

SACO: Klas Eriksson

SEKO: Salima Khamchane
+46(0)31-786 11 73

Closing date


Appointment Procedure

Register your application electronically under "Apply online"

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent to the following address: University of Gothenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Att: Ingela Lyck, Box 463, 405 30 Gothenburg

Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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