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OPEN POSITIONS Professor in Landscape Biogeoscience

The Department of Earth Sciences has 70 employees. The department has two subject areas (Physical Geography and Geology) in its teaching and research. The department curriculum is designed to train new generations of geologists, physical geographers and geographers. We have bachelor and masters programmes in Earth Sciences and in Geography as well as third-cycle education in several Earth-science specialties. Our teaching give the students skills to solve geo-scientific problems in the society working for companies and authorities. Our strongest research areas lie within climatology, biogeochemisty, petrology/geochemistry and applied geoscience. The research strategy for the department emphasizes on further development of Earth System Science.

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Subject area

Landscape Biogeosciences (Landskap Biogeovetenskap)

Subject area description

Ecological, biogeochemical, and environmental research have traditionally focused on specific ecosystems with strict ecosystem boundaries. Yet system interactions, feedbacks and large-scale consequences calls for approaches that integrate across ecosystems to consider whole catchments, landscapes and regions. Landscape biogeosciences deals with the spatial variation (landscape heterogeneity) in biogeochemical fluxes and processes. The subject deals with the exchange of elements and energy between biosphere, pedosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere, leading to an integrated understanding of the biogeochemical cycles on the landscape scale.

Job assignments

The main job assignments are research within the subject areas, as well as being manager of the GU infrastructure ‘Field stations for Earth System Science’, which is part of the SITES and ICOS networks. Teaching duties (20 %) cover Bachelor and Master courses in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences. Time for competence development will be granted (at least 10%). Other assignments (committee work, administration) may be a part of the position.

The research focus of the successful candidate should focus on how water and nutrient cycles are linked across landscapes, integrating different ecosystems (e.g. forests, wetlands, lakes) within a land-unit. Your research is expected to complement and strengthen the existing research areas biogeochemistry, hydrogeology/hydrogeochemistry and regional climate at the department and to bridge to research at neighbouring departments, as well as other Universities.

As station manager for the GU infrastructure ‘Field stations for Earth System Science’, the successful candidate will be responsible for the facilities, its personnel (currently 5 field and lab technicians) and the quality of data produced at the infrastructure. The main activities within the infrastructure are taking place at the Skogaryd Research Catchment. The aims for the infrastructure are to promote and develop quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) balances at the landscape scale including land-atmosphere, land-water, and water-atmosphere exchange, as well as to promote investigations of the underlying biogeochemical processes, eco-physiological studies and within-canopy atmospheric chemistry. This infrastructure has several micrometeorological towers for GHG flux measurements, including a roving Eddy covariance system (3D-SkyGas), and a large number of water-flow stations and lake stations, where matter-flow is measured.

The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with the surrounding society and specific stakeholder by connecting the research to societal demands and practical applications. Outreach activities and communication are important job assignments.


Eligibility rules for employment in a teaching position (“lärare”) are stated in chapter 4, §3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance (“högskoleförordning”, in Swedish only) and in University of Gothenburg’s regulations for employment (anställningsordning, in Swedish only).

The candidate who is offered the position should have a PhD degree or a comparable foreign degree in a subject area relevant for the position, should be scientifically skilled within the subject area, should have good teaching skills, and should have proven the ability to obtain external research funding.


Assessment criteria for employment in a teaching position are stated in chapter 4, §3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance (“högskoleförordning”, in Swedish only) and in University of Gothenburg’s regulations for employment (“anställningsordning”, in Swedish only).

The assessment of your application will be based primarily on your scientific merits and on your leadership experiences. For the latter, demonstration of the ability to manage and develop research infrastructures, as well as leading a group of technical staff is a very strong merit. Pedagogic experience and skills will will be assessed with the same care.

When assessing scientific proficiency, emphasis will be placed on competence in Landscape Biogeosciences. The successful candidate should have proven experiences in using and interpreting micrometeorological data in a biogeoscientific context, though scientific publication. It is beneficial to have hydrological experience, especially on matter-flow in a landscape perspective. Documented success in attracting external funding in competition is expected.

When assessing pedagogical proficiency, emphasis will be placed on the ability to successfully plan, perform and lead teaching as well as to develop courses. Documented ability to supervise students at different levels is meritorious.

To obtain this position, the successful candidate will be chosen after an overall assessment of their proficiency in the subject area and their capacity to manage and develop the GU infrastructure ‘Field stations for Earth System Science’, are judged to have the highest potential to perform the intended duties for the position, cooperate with others, and contribute to a positive development of the department.


Type of employment: Permanent post
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Earth Sciences, Gothenburg
First day of employment: As agreed

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the university, interviews and guest lectures. The assessment of qualifications and experience will take into account parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of absence should be specified in the application.

For further information

Regarding the position, please contact:
Roland Barthel, Head of Department
+46 (0)31 786 1953

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:

  • Cover letter.
  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and record of received research grants (with mounts).
  • Description of scientific expertise, and a motivated list of ten selected scientific publications.
  • A research plan with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position (maximum three pages).
  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality. The description should also include pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy.
  • Description of experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the local community. 
  • Copies of the most relevant publications in full format (maximum ten publications).
  • Certificates and other documents 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: Lärarförslagsnämnden
University of Gothenburg
Box 460
S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

The application is to be written in English.

Additional information

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 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.

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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