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Project Manager

University of Gothenburg

Diary id:

PAR 2018/1620

Employment level:

Permanent employment


Department of Biological and Environmental Science

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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 the University building in Gothenburg Botanical garden.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science ( is the host of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, GGBC, which was launched on January 1st, 2017. The Centre has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry through various outreach activities.

The Centre represents a long-term collaboration among the following institutions at the University of Gothenburg: the Department of Marine Sciences, the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, the Department of Geosciences, Herbarium GB, the Centre for Sea and Society, and the Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology. Moreover, it comprises the following organisations: Department of Energy & Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Havets Hus, Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Nordens Ark, The Gothenburg Botanical Garden, The Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, and Universeum Science Centre.

The research group of Alexandre Antonelli (Antonelli Lab, comprises ca 15 employees including students, researchers and administrative personnel, as well as ca twenty associated members. The group works with several biodiversity-related questions with focus on evolution and biogeography of the American tropics. 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.

Job assignments 
Within the Antonelli Lab, your work as project manager will be to: support Alexandre Antonelli (based primarily at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from February 4, 2019) in managing his research group; coordinate and support the day-to-day research and outreach activities of lab members; organise and lead weekly and annual meetings; follow up on the progress and deliverables of scientific projects; overview the group’s economy; and other similar tasks as for the centre. The position does not include separate time for own research but you will have the possibility to participate in some research projects if there is time and interest.

This position will also be evaluated for the role of Director of the GGBC. This appointment is ultimately made by the Dean of the Faculty of  Sciences. This role is estimated to comprise 50% of the total working time. The appointment as Director includes, among others: to pursue and further develop visions, goals, and strategies; apply for external funding; take responsibility for the economy; represent the centre internally and externally, sometimes involving national or international travels; continue to build on collaborations with BECC, MERGE, GMV, Focali, and other biodiversity-related networks and initiatives in Sweden; lead new recruitments; participate as an adjunct to the centre’s Steering Board meetings. You will also lead the work by the centre’s partner employees and new hires in order to organise conferences and meetings; coordinate the arrival of guest visitors and students; compile reports and newsletters; update homepages; communicate on social media.

Your role is to manage these two groups. You will work closely with the department's administrative staff. You will contribute to strengthening and improving relations within the Biodiversity centre and with external organisations (private and public) within the field. 

For this employment you must have:

  • A PhD Degree, or equivalent, within a subject related to biodiversity or biology.

  • Experience of project coordination for your own or others' projects.

  • Experience with outreach activities.

  • 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.

  • We will put high value on personal skills.

Other merits 
We are seeking someone who is demonstrably highly efficient, engaged and updated in questions related to outreach and research about biodiversity. 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 spoken and written Swedish is an additional merit.

It would also be advantageous if you have experience in economy, arrangement of conferences, and experience in developing or updating homepages, designing newsletters, and/or managing social media institutional accounts. Moreover, we wish that you are a good listener, open and service-minded.

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

The application 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)

  • Copy of certificate of exam

  • Contact information for at least two referees that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications.

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: 2019-01-20

For further information please contact:
Alexandre Antonelli, Professor 
+46 703 989 570

Henrik Aronsson, Head of department 
+ 46 (0) 31 786 4802

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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.