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OPEN POSITIONS Postdoctor in Environmental Science

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 organization 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 locations, in the Botanical garden and at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station at Kristineberg. The announced position is placed at BioEnv situated in the Botanical garden, Gothenburg.

Project and Subject area description

The work will take place within a new research project recently funded by the Swedish Research Council FORMAS. Aim of the project, and hence the position, is to develop robust approaches that facilitate the substitution of hazardous substances in chemical products.

Job assignments

The postdoctor will first systematically review and assess existing methods for the comparative hazard and risk assessment of chemicals in terms of data requirements, robustness, precision and accuracy. On this basis improved approaches that are suitable to compare and rank chemicals in relation to their hazard and risk profiles are to be developed. This work includes the selection and implementation of appropriate case studies, in cooperation with stakeholders, as far as possible.

Part of the tasks within this position will be to enter a dialogue with stakeholders from regulatory authorities in Sweden, Europe and elsewhere, non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders from companies and industrial umbrella organizations. This includes the organization, implementation and follow-up of dedicated workshops and conferences.

The position might include limited teaching and the supervision of MSc and PhD students in the field of chemical risk assessment, as long as it fits with the primary job assignments.


The applicant must hold a PhD in an area relevant for the tasks at hand (environmental sciences, toxicology, ecotoxicology or similar). Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Applicants with a degree awarded earlier may also be preferred if specific reasons exist. Such specific reasons may be a leave due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.


Proven knowledge in the principles and practice of chemical risk assessment (human health and/or the environment) is a must. Knowledge on the current activities and efforts related to the substitution of hazardous chemicals especially in Sweden, Europe and OECD countries is a substantial plus. So is proven knowledge on outreach and communication with various stakeholder groups, in particular regulatory authorities and industry.

Excellent, proven, communication skills in verbal and written Swedish and English is required, in addition to a developed way of conceptual and critical thinking.

Proven knowledge on the collection, clean-up and critical assessment of toxicological and ecotoxicological “big data” as well as familiarity with major databases and software packages in the field is a merit. Prior teaching experience is also a merit.

The application should preferably be written in Englishmust and include:

  • A 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)
  • A list of qualifications (CV)
  • Certificate of PhD exam and other educations of relevance
  • Complete list of publications, including submitted and accepted manuscripts
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant
  • Contact information for at least two referees that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications

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


The employment is a full-time position for 24 months with placement at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science.

For further information regarding the position please contact;

Professor Thomas Backhaus Phone nr. +46 31 786 27 34 Thomas.backhaus@bioenv.gu.se

Webpage: www.bioenv.gu.se, www.fram.gu.se, www.thomasbackhaus.eu

Henrik Aronsson, professor and Head of Department Tel. +46 31 786 48 02 henrik.aronsson@bioenv.gu.se


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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.


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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