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OPEN POSITIONS Postdoctor in Species identifications using AI, citizen science and mobile apps

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 that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg.
The current position is placed at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science ( is the host of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre ( The Centre has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry. The research group of Alexandre Antonelli (Antonelli Lab, comprises ca fifteen persons including students, researchers and laboratory personnel, as well as ca twenty associated members in Gothenburg and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London ( The group works with several biodiversity-related questions with focus on evolution and biogeography. The working language is English. The group's research has had large international impact and received several prestigious grants, from the European Research Council ERC, the Swedish Research Council VR, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, among others.


Project description

The goal of this project is to advance solutions for the identification and logging of the world’s species using integrative bioinformatic solutions. The work may consist of several tasks, depending on the candidate’s strengths and own research interests:

  • Implement dynamic identification keys to enable identification of morphologically similar species
  • Use image recognition algorithms based on convolutional neural networks to identify plant species
  • Integrate geo-referencing tools to further improve the accuracy of automatic identifications
  • Coordinate a comprehensive image bank for plant species by citizens and volunteers
  • Assess the accuracy of classification using neural networks built from citizen-generated images as compared to an expert-vetted image bank
  • Estimate how biodiversity changes locally based on images taken on the same spot over different years

Job assignments

This employment includes the implementation of different bioinformatic solutions including, but not limited to, the points above. The solutions developed will be primarily implemented in the mobile app, funded by the European Research Council, the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. The researcher should either implement these solutions in the app directly, or (if required) work closely with, and supervise, a mobile app developer.


For this employment you must have:

  • A PhD Degree, or equivalent, within biodiversity or biology, artificial intelligence/machine learning, bioinformatics, or related disciplines.
  • Experience with software development, or leading the development of software.
  • Excellent ability to communicate in spoken and written English.
  • Documented good strategic and administrative capacity.
  • Excellent collaborative skills but also be capable of working independently and focused.
  • Experience of speaking in front of others and giving presentations.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills.


We are seeking someone who is demonstrably highly efficient, engaged and updated in questions related to the objectives of this project. You should be self-motivated and have the capacity to plan and execute projects according to strategies and goals. You should have the ability to think strategically and be able to create a holistic view of situations. Ability to communicate in Swedish is not a requirement.

It would also be advantageous, but not a requirement, if you have experience in mobile development. Priority is given to native mobile development using React Native, iOS development in Swift and Android development in Java. It is a plus if the candidate has experience with modern web languages and experience with full stack development in order to collaborate well on the development team.

Moreover, we wish that you are a good listener, open and service-minded. The work requires constant iterative software development, within a quick development cycle. The candidate must be able to absorb and transform feedback from users into deliverables and quickly adapt to user needs.

The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which will be initially held in English by skype.


The employment is a full-time position for two years placed at the Department of Biological and environmental Science. Start date: as soon as possible or upon agreement. 

The application should preferably be written in English and must include:

  • A letter (max 2 pages) with a personal description in which you describe why you are interested of this position and how you fulfil the qualifications we are seeking.
  • A list of qualifications (CV)
  • Certificate of PhD exam
  • Complete publication list, including submitted and accepted manuscripts

For further information regarding the position

For further information please contact:

Alexandre Antonelli, Professor
Tel. +46 703 989 570
e-mail: or

Daniele Silvestro, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jan Sveide, CEO

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


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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.


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 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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