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The department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is placed at three different localities: in GU:s facilities in Gothenburg Botanical Garden, at Medicinarberget 18A in Gothenburg and at Kristineberg Marine Research Station. The current position is placed at Kristineberg Marine Research Station.

Work description

The research in this position will primarily focus on coastal marine vegetated habitats (e.g. seagrass, macroalgae, mangrove and salt marshes) with the major goal to understand their role as natural carbon sinks. This includes to examine processes, from microbial- to seascape scales, that are of importance for carbon dynamics and greenhouse gas exchange in these productive coastal environments. The knowledge will be used to identify hotspots of carbon sequestration within the complex seascape environment and to understand the fate of stored carbon as potential sources for greenhouse gas emissions.

The research questions are well linked to an on-going environmental monitoring program that describe and assess the state of vegetation-covered marine ecosystems along the Swedish west coast. A major part of this work research and monitoring will be carried out using scientific diving, and educational skills will be required to be able to lead and develop the existing center for research diving and education of scientific diving at Kristineberg Marine Research Station.

The research will be conducted within the scientific frame of BioEnv in collaboration with the Department for Marine Sciences at University of Gothenburg, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plants Sciences at Stockholm University and Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam.

Techniques used within the research of this position will include large-scale field efforts (surveys and experiments); taxonomic evaluation of marine vegetation; biogeochemical, microbial and molecular analyses in the laboratory; and statistical/spatial modelling.

Job assignments

This employment includes:

• Leading the research on coastal marine vegetation systems with focus on how different ecological, physiological and biogeochemical processes and interactions between different organisms (from micro- to macro-scale) affect the storage and emission of organic (and inorganic) carbon in marine sediments in both temperate and tropical areas.
• Conduct field studies and experiments, laboratory analysis using biogeochemical, microbial and molecular methods. Statistical analysis, spatial (scenario-based) modelling, and writing scientific publications are important. Part of the fieldwork will be conducted on the east African coast (together with collaborating scientists from Tanzania).
• Monitoring the status and changes of macroscopic marine vegetation on rocky- and sediment bottoms in Skagerrak, Kattegatt and Öresund. The program framework also includes analysis, quality control, evaluation and statistical processing of data from the surveys as well as reporting of data.
• Lead and be responsible for for scientific diving at Kristineberg marine research station and the existing center for education of scientific divers at the station. This work assignment involves leading and developing the facility, teaching and marketing of education at the center, and be take part of relevant meetings and symposia in national and international environments. Further, the assignment includes establishing rules for scientific diving at the center for promoting safety at work or for education.

The employment

This is a permanent employment of 100%, starting as soon as possible or upon agreement.


To be eligible for employment as a researcher, the applicant must have a PhD exam in marine ecology or relevant subject. The exam must be finished before closing date for this announcement.


We are seeking a motivated person in marine ecology with emphasis on research that concern coastal marine vegetation-covered ecosystems.

The person should be experienced in or have the following skills:

• Marine ecological research from both temperate and tropical environments
• Ecosystem-based research on marine vegetation
• Research on climate and environmental change
• Large-scale field surveys and experimental work in field
• Taxonomic skills regarding marine vegetation
• Experience in statistical analysis of large datasets
• Laboratory- and analytical assessment techniques, including biogeochemical, microbial and molecular methods
• Experienced occupational diver (S30 or equivalent) and S30 Dive supervisor
• Leading projects and facility development
• Documented pedagogic skills in general and with regard to scientific diving
• Good communication and cooperation skills
• Driving license
• Experienced boat driver

For more information and 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. https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=6059
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.


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.

Detta är en jobbannons med titeln "Researcher in Ecology..." hos företaget Göteborgs Universitet och publicerades på workey.se den 18 juni 2020 klockan 11:14.

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