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Research Assistant (Software Developer) in Mobile Applications (iOS/Android) for Biogeography

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg
First day of employment: Upon agreement
Reference number: PAK 2017/50

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 Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

Project description
This project’s goal is to develop smartphone and web applications for anyone to share photos of species and work together to identify the species. This requires an easy process of logging species via a smartphone, so that the general public as well as academics can use the software. The software is intended to be used globally and the crowdsourced data collected will be useful for the research and policy-making communities to make data-driven decisions to protect the world’s biodiversity.

Job assignments

The position is as Mobile Software Developer on the project. The work requires constant iterative mobile development, within a quick development cycle. The candidate must be able to absorb and transform feedback from users into deliverables and quickly adapt to user needs.

The applicant must have experience with mobile development. Priority is given to native iOS development in the project (Swift/ObjC), but also consider Android experience or experience with modern "web->native" development (ReactNative, PhoneGap, etc.). It is a plus if the candidate has experience with modern web languages, including React, and experience with full stack development in order to collaborate well on the development team.

We take a strong view towards personal development and growth, so the candidate should expect to be challenged and to learn new things. Enthusiasm about biodiversity, social entrepreneurship and outdoor activities is a big plus! We operate in English.


Eligible to be employed as an assistant researcher is a person with a university degree on a basic or advanced level in any relevant field.

The candidate must have experience of:

Mobile Software Development (Priority given in this order: native iOS, native Android, ReactNative and RNBridging, other "native-hybrid" technologies)

collaborating on a small development team (e.g., startup, small company, projects)

utilizing user feedback and user experience in the development process

working with UX/UI designers in the development process.

Good communication skills, both spoken and written, are necessary.

We are seeking a motivated mobile software developer with emphasis on ability to execute the project goals. The candidate must have documented experience with mobile development, priority to native iOS development (Swift/ObjC).

Bonus: Experience related to Biology, social media, computer games, startups, outdoor enthusiasm.

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 short cover letter with the applicant’s justification for the application, i.e., that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria (max. one A4 page)

An attested list of qualifications (CV)

Copy of certificate of exam

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

The application should preferably be written in English

Related information

For further information please contact

Erik Thorelli, (becoming supervisor)
+46 730 620612

Henrik Aronsson, Head of Department
+46(0)31-786 48 02


Labour union

SACO: Klas Eriksson

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

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

Closing date


Appointment Procedure

Please 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.

Page Manager: rekrytering@gu.se|Last update: 3/6/2017

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