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OPEN POSITIONS Associate Researcher, 2 positions

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 Medicinareberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg.
The current positions are placed at Medicinareberget. In addition to scientist at BioEnv, a scientist and co-worker in the project is located in the philosophy department at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

Assiociate Researcher (two) in global and national overpopulation, and solutions

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment; Associate researcher
Extent: 80 %, and 23 months
Location: Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg
First day of employment: November 1, 2017, or upon agreement

Project description

We seek two Associate Researcher for a two-year period to support us in studies of global and national overpopulation. The project is financed by the Global Challenges Foundation (Stockholm) and based on collaboration between researchers in Sweden and the US, including experienced mentors. Population growth and overpopulation contribute to a host of environmental and social problems, such as excessive consumption, increasing greenhouse emissions, increasing freshwater withdrawals from rivers, increasing food consumption with destruction of forests and other natural habitats for agricultural expansion, decline and extinction of species, air and water pollution, unwanted pregnancies, poverty, crowded urban areas, forced migration, and ethnic conflict. In recent decades, the scientific and environmental communities have neglected population matters despite their importance and despite an expected 50% growth in the human population to 2100.

The aims of the research are to identify conditions and factors that determine demographic and environmental trends, and to identify and advocate policies to end global and national population growth, in order to further ecological sustainability. Our work includes e.g. comparative studies in international family planning, national policies on immigration, environmental degradation due to overpopulation, and the ethics of immigration and population policies.

Job assignments

Assignments and tasks could include literature reviews; data collection and analysis, with use of relevant software (also statistical analysis); synthesizing and presenting overviews of problems and issues; web page design and content provision; publicizing the project through print and electronic media, and travel to interview policymakers and scholars on population and related issues.


We seek assistant researchers with university degrees on a basic or advanced level in the following fields (not ranked): demography, biology, human ecology, ecological economics, environmental ethics, communications/journalism, or related fields.


We are seeking motivated persons for research in overpopulation. You should have documented specialised competence in the subject area, and documented skills in data handling and analyses, web-page construction, outreach (media, Internet) including good writing skills (especially in English). Earlier experience in human population studies is not required, but much welcome. You may have studied or worked in fields that you judge are important for population growth and overpopulation – please explain and document this in your application.

The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which will be held in English or Swedish and could also be performed via skype.

The application should be written in English and must include:

- A cover letter with the applicant’s justification for the application, describing how the applicant meets the selection criteria (max. one A4 page)

- An attested list of qualifications (CV)

- Copy of certificate or academic transcript, including courses and grades

- Contact information for two referees, familiar with the applicant’s qualifications


For further information regarding the position

Professor Frank Götmark, phone +46 (0) 31 786 3650 email:  frank.gotmark@bioenv.gu.se

Professor Philip Cafaro, email Philip.Cafaro@ColoState.EDU

Professor and Head of Department, Henrik Aronsson, phone +46 (0) 31 786 4802 email: henrik.aronsson@bioenv.gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
Any documents that is not available in electronical format should be mailed to: University of Gothenburg, Department of Biological and Environmental Scineces, Att: Lena Sjöblom, Box 463, 405 30 Gothenburg.

Refernce number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documentation.

Closing date 2017-09-28

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.


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 37 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

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