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OPEN POSITIONS Phd Position in Natural Science, specializing in Biology

Type of employment:            Fixed-term employment, 4 years full time (default text)
Extent:                                100%
Location:                             Department of marine science (default text)
Degree:                               Natural Science, with specialization in Biology
First day of employment:      According to agreement

University of Gothenburg offer a PhD position at the Department of Marine Sciences.

Introduction MARIN
The Department of Marine Sciences, the Faculty of Science, University of Gothenburg, was recently launched (July 1, 2015) with the purpose to achieve the vision of "A University of marine research, teaching and cooperation of the highest international class". The department has about 100 employees - researchers, teachers, students, technicians and administrators. The department carries out teaching and research in the various marine specializations, biology, oceanography, chemistry, and geology. Research is conducted both within specialized individual projects as well as within larger interdisciplinary programs. The Department is situated in Gothenburg and at the University's research stations at Tjärnö and Kristineberg. The current position is placed in Tjärnö.

Description of the research group
You will be part of an active research group that study evolution and conservation biology in marine organisms. We are specifically interested in how ecological and genomic processes affects species ability to adapt to a changing environment.

Project description   
You will primarily work within a FORMAS funded project that aims to develop biology-informed management strategies for the growing fishery of wrasse fishes, which are used as cleanerfish in salmon aquaculture. In addition you will participate in other collaborative projects on population genomics and conservation in marine organisms.

Job assignments

  • Field sampling of marine fish.
  • DNA analyses of marine organisms, in particular fish. Independent molecular laboratory work, including DNA extraction and genome library preparation.
  • Population genomic and statistical analyses of DNA sequence data, including scripting and programming in R, UNIX, Pearl and Python.
  • Produce scientific papers on population structure, dispersal, local adaptation and conservation in marine organisms.

Third cycle education
Admission to third cycle education is aiming at a PhD in Natural Science, specializing in Biology. The education runs for four years of fulltime studies, containing three years of thesis work and one year of academic education (i.e. course work and literature studies). A selection of courses at the Department/Faculty is available, but national/international courses can also be selected. Some teaching and/or course administration can be included which extends the contract to the same extent. You will be employed at University of Gothenburg, and salary follows the regulations at University of Gothenburg.

In addition to pursuing its his/her own research studies, PhD students may be required to perform other duties, such as teaching, research and administrative work according to special regulations

The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: either degree in advanced level, or at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in another way acquired similar knowledge.

Upon appointment the degree of ability to successfully complete the PhD program must first be evaluated. Only applicants who are admitted to the PhD program at the Dep. of Marine Sciences may be hired.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80. The main assessment is an judgement for the applicant to successfully complete the PhD education.

The applicant is assumed to have completed a Masters degree or have equivivalent, specialising in evolution and ecology. The applicant should have experience in field and laboratory work on fish, in particular DNA-extraction and SNP genotyping. Driving licence and etical permit for handling of fish (Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers – Fish). Experience in statistical analyses of population genetic data and bioinformatic analyses of DNA sequences, as well as writing skills. Scientific publication is meritorious.

The following should be included

  • A short cover letter with the applicant’s motivation for the position that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria and how the application is well suited for the proposed work (max. one A4 page).
  • An attested list of qualifications (CV) that included possible publications
  • Examination certificates and a transcript of courses with grades
  • A copy of master thesis (or equivalent)
  • Employment certificates and a transcript of courses with grades
  • Contact information for at least two references that are familiar with the applicant`s qualifications
  • Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.   

The highest ranked applicants will be contacted for interview.

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent, with clearly stated reference number, to the following address:

University of Gothenburg
Department of Marine Sciences
Att: Annci Niklasson
SE-452 96 Gothenburg

Additional Information
The position includes both national and international collaboration and social skills and interpersonal skills are consequently important and highly meritorious.

For further information please contact:
Carl André, Professor

+46 (0)70 521 62 95

Per Hall, Head of Department
+46(0)31-786 90 62

Labour unions 
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found: http://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/lediga-jobb/fackliga-kontaktpersoner

Appointment procedure
You are looking for the employment through the GU Recruitment Portal by clicking the "Apply" button. You as the applicant are responsible
for completing the application in accordance with the advertisement and that it is available to the university no later than closing date.


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

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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