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OPEN POSITIONS Researcher in population dynamic modelling of marine mammals

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 in the environment.

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical Garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg.
The current position can be placed at any of the three after discussion with the host.

Project description

The Baltic sea is a semi enclosed brackish water sea in northern Europe that has been exposed to many anthropogenic stressors during the last century. Fishing pressure, environmental pollution and hunting of marine mammals are some pressures that have varied in intensity over time. At the same time biological monitoring of many important key components of the ecosystem have been monitored.

Marine mammals have been monitored in detail for decades in Sweden. One important finding is that they act as bioindicators for changes in the ecosystem i.e. with respect to environmental pollution and food availability. We have now reached a point where a more thorough analyses of the substantial data can be fruitful. The current project will analyze data and construct projection models of population dynamics in a multiple stressor risk assessment framework. The project will apply and advance existing models as well as develop new models for individual fitness and population dynamics to be used to investigate the impacts of multiple stressors on marine mammals in the Baltic.

The project is leader is associate professor Karin Harding at the department. The project is part of a large EU-program, Balt Health, which contains an international consortium of specialists in ecotoxicology and marine mammal health. The current project also maintains close collaboration with experts at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm which monitor all marine mammals along Swedish coasts. The work is theoretical, but include collaboration with veterinarians and field workers.

Job assignments
This employment includes work with databases, statistical analysis, programming, ecological modelling and literature surveys and writing scientific articles.

The work is theoretical but may involve shorter periods of field work if the applicant is interested. The work involves some trips to national and international conferences and meetings. Specific fields of relevance are population dynamics, ecology and ecological modelling.

The employment
This is a fixed-term employment for 12 months, 100 %, starting in the end of January 2019 or upon agreement.

To be eligible for employment as a researcher, the applicant must have a PhD exam in a relevant subject (theoretical biology, ecology, mathematical biology, physics, mathematical statistics or equivalent) as outlined in the advertisement. The PhD exam must be finished before closing date for this announcement.

We are seeking a motivated person with interest in understanding the vulnerability of marine mammals to current and future variation in environmental stressors. The project is collaborative and involves ecologists and eco-toxicologists. Good skills in statistics, data base handling and excellent modelling skills (in a computer language of choice or software such as R, MATLAB, VORTEX etc.)  is necessary/crucial for the employment.
Excellent communication skills, written and spoken, in English are necessary since we work in an international environment.

Preference will be given to candidates with collaborative skills, but also demonstrated ability to work independently for periods. Previous experience with ecological modelling and basic knowledge in ecology and toxicology are regarded as merits.

The application should preferably be written in English and must include:
• A cover letter with the applicant’s justification, 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 (e-mail address and phone number)

The top ranked candidates will be selected for interviews, which might be held in English and could also be performed by skype.

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.

Closing date: 2018-12-10

For further information please contact:
Karin Harding, Associate Professor
Phone: 073-8172 751


Henrik Aronsson, Professor and Head of Department
Phone: +46 31 786 48 02


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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. 38 000 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.

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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