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OPEN POSITIONS Senior Lecturer in Marine Benthic Ecology

The Department of Marine Sciences (http://marine.gu.se/english/) is Sweden's most complete environment for marine research and education, and is one of only a few such organisations in Europe. The University of Gothenburg has excellent marine infrastructure facilities including state-of-the-art instrumentation, two large research stations, and a new 49-m research ship that will come into service during 2017 (http://loven.gu.se/english/). The University's researchers also have access to the icebreaker Oden for polar research (http://polar.se/en/). The Department of Marine Sciences, which was formed in 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology and marine conservation. The department hence enjoys excellent conditions for addressing the challenges of the future within marine research and education. The department is host to the Centre for Sea and Society (http://havochsamhalle.gu.se/english/), an entry point to all marine and maritime activities within the University of Gothenburg. The Gothenburg area is a national hub for management of the sea, including being the location of the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (http://havsmiljoinstitutet.se/english/), hosted by the University of Gothenburg, and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (https://www.havochvatten.se/en).

The Department of Marine Sciences is situated at and has permanent staff at three locations; in Gothenburg as well as at the research stations at Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the coast north of Gothenburg.

Subject area

Marine Benthic Ecology

Subject area description

The Department of Marine Sciences is now expanding and recruiting four senior lecturers and professors in the marine disciplines. The strategy of the department includes developing collaboration between different specialisations within marine science, and also working with the Sven Lovén Centre for marine infrastructure (http://loven.gu.se/english/) to further develop the infrastructure as a national and international resource for research and education. Priority will be given to candidates whose research plans contribute to this strategy.

The University of Gothenburg has a long-standing and strong tradition in research on the ecology of benthic communities. The accessibility to benthic systems provided through the marine infrastructure offers excellent opportunities for successful research and educational programmes. The Department of Marine Sciences now develops and strengthens its benthic ecology activities through a new appointment as senior lecturer in Marine Benthic Ecology. The specific research focus can be on different aspects of the ecology of benthic marine organisms and habitats, and include processes operating across a broad spectrum of spatial and temporal scales. Study habitats can include shallow sediment or rocky bottoms in the photic zone and/or the deeper sea floor.

Job assignments

The successful candidate will develop a research programme with focus on the ecology, structure and function of benthic communities. The research shall be conducted in projects led and initialized by the candidate, as well as in projects led by other researchers at the department or national and international collaborators. The candidate is expected to set up a research group in a relevant research area, including attracting external research funding.

The candidate is also expected to be actively involved in teaching within first and second-cycle education in the marine sciences including the development of curricula in, e.g., marine ecology and marine environmental management. In addition, we expect the candidate to supervise bachelor and master students in their degree projects, as well as doctoral students.

Other duties include creating and maintaining contacts with the surrounding society and may include serving on committees at the university.

The successful candidate is expected to teach in Swedish within two years. The candidate without university teacher training is also expected to undergo courses in teaching and learning in higher education.


The qualifications for academic positions are given in the Higher Education Ordinance. A doctoral degree in an area relevant for the position is required. In addition, the ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement.


The assessment of applications will first and foremost be based on scientific proficiency, and secondly on pedagogical merits. Both will be assessed with the same care.

The scientific proficiency is assessed through well-documented scientific competence, including publications in leading international journals, supervision of PhD students, success in attracting external funding from both national and international funding agencies, invitations to conferences and scientific assignments. The ability to develop and lead research activities will also be assessed.

The pedagogical merits are assessed through well-documented pedagogical experience, including the ability to plan and perform teaching, develop courses and educational materials, and successfully supervise master and bachelor students.

The candidate´s achievements will be assessed in relation to the active working time since her/his doctoral degree. The assessment will also include future potential.

The overall assessment will include how the candidate’s research plans contribute to the strategy of the department. It will also take into consideration the ability to perform other duties associated with such appointment, collaborate with others and contribute to a positive impact on the general activities of the department.

Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave) are taken into account in the assessment of qualifications, and must be specified in the presentation of credentials and experiences.


Type of employment: Permanent post
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Marine Sciences
First day of employment: As soon as possible

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the department, interviews, guest lectures, and/or research seminars. Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave) will be taken into account in the assessment of qualifications and specified in relation to qualifications and experience.

For further information:

Regarding the position please contact Per Hall, Head of Department
+46 (0) 31 786 9062 or +46 (0) 766 22 9062


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. Together with your application the following should be attached:

  • CV, list of publications, record of received research grants (with amounts).

  • Description of scientific expertise, and no more than 10 scientific publications that you want to refer to and a motivation for choosing these.

  • A research plan (maximum 3 pages) with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position.

  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality.

  • Description of your experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the surrounding community.

  • Other documents that you wish to be considered.

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 are not available in electronic format should be mailed in two copies to:
Faculty Office for Science
Attn: Marie Emanuelsson
University of Gothenburg
Box 460
S-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2017-06-13


Additional information

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step and raises many questions about what to expect. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your accompanying spouse/partner please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/about/career. For more information about the Faculty of Science please visit http://www.science.gu.se/english/. We can offer relocation services.


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.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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