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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 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 Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station at Kristineberg. The current position is placed at Medicinaregatan 18A, Gothenburg.


This position will be within the Eco toxicological discipline at BioEnv, within a research group addressing the effects of environmental contaminants, from specific mechanisms of individual chemicals, or groups of substances, to risk assessment of complex mixtures. Research within the group includes field studies, in vivo and in vitro experimentation, use of biochemical and molecular techniques as well as behavioral studies, theoretical studies and meta-analyses.

More specifically, the current position will be focused on microplastics, and determination of consequences of exposure in fish species. The research field is beginning to understand the of micro plastic exposures, but these studies are limited and there are large knowledge gaps. The work will take place within a research project funded by FORMAS. The aim of the project, and hence the position, is to assess the effects of microplastics on fish, and to measure the relative propensity for microplastics to act as vectors for environmental contaminants in the food chain. These studies will be conducted using in vivo systems.

Job assignments

The post doctor will be responsible for conducting experimental research using animal models and analyzing effects using molecular, biochemical, physiological and behavioral assays. The post doc will also be responsible for analysis of microplastic particles using Raman and FT-IR techniques.

Part of the tasks within this position will be to communicate research findings in scientific publications, at national and international conferences, and potentially to relevant policy makers or the general public.

The position might include limited teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD students in the field of ecotoxicology, 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.


We welcome applications from experienced candidates with an extensive background in experimental ecotoxicology, biochemical toxicity. Knowledge of the micro plastics research field is strongly desirable.

Proven knowledge in the principles and practice of Eco toxicological testing, fish experimentation, animal physiology, and practical experience in running laboratory assays with the application of good laboratory skills.

Experience in working with fish experimentation is necessary. Knowledge of physiological mechanisms and biochemical toxicity are also desired. Knowledge of spectrophotometric methodology, including Raman and FT-IR techniques, is welcomed.

Excellent, proven, communication skills in verbal and written English is required, Swedish is desirable, in addition to the ability to express well developed ideas and conceptual and critical thinking.

The application should preferably be written in English and must 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 Swedish or 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. Salary is determined on an individual basis.

For further information regarding the position

Bethanie Carney Almroth, Senior Lecturer
Tel. +46 31 786 3673


Webpage: www.bioenv.gu.se.

Henrik Aronsson, professor and Head of Department
Tel. +46 31 786 48 02



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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.

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent to the following address: University of Gothenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Att: Ingela Lyck, Box 463, 405 30 Gothenburg. Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

Closing date: 2017-12-31

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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