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Postdoctoral Fellow in Sediment Biogeochemistry

Ref. No. SU FV-4438-18

Stockholm University

at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. (Closing date: 18 January 2019.) Prolonged application time – new closing date: 1 February 2019.

At the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University, research and education is conducted in an international environment. The subject areas are Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Some of the research has direct environmental and societal relevance and the approach is often broad and interdisciplinary. About 140 people are working at the Department, of which ca. 35 are teachers and researchers and 50 are PhD students.

Project description
The position will be associated with the project How does bottom trawling affect seafloor integrity, water quality and protected areas in the Baltic Sea? Benthic sediments and their associated fauna may be severely disturbed by bottom trawling and suspended sediment can increase turbidity and be transported by currents into other less disturbed areas. However, these processes have not been quantified in the Baltic Sea, despite this information being essential in the effective planning of MPAs, ecosystem-based sustainable fisheries management and assessment of seafloor integrity and ecological status of benthic ecosystems in the Baltic. The three year project is a collaboration between ecologists, geologists, geochemists, fisheries scientists, ecotoxicologists and modellers.

Main responsibilities
The position involves research into how sediment biogeochemical properties, processes and fluxes might be altered by bottom trawling. The project will involve both fieldwork and lab experiments.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills and scientific proficiency. In particular, experience of using a range of methodological approaches to quantify benthic biogeochemical processes is essential, as is experience of working at sea. Applications will be assessed based on the CV and supporting material, and interviews for those selected for the shortlist.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 11 March 2019 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the project coordinator, Prof Clare Bradshaw, telephone: +46 8 16 17 37,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 40 17,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data

  • Your highest degree

  • Your language skills

  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications

  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing: 
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement 
    – why and how you wish to complete the project 
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question

  • Copy of PhD diploma

  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 01/02/2019