Associate Senior Lecturer in Ecosystem Science

University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden 🇸🇪

Ref PAR 2022/262

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The Department of Earth Sciences has around 70 employees. Our department works to achieve diversity in the workplace and to create a family-friendly environment, and in addition, Sweden has generous family leave and childcare policies. The Department trains Earth scientists and geographers, who can meet the increased need for geoscientists and geographers in society. We have bachelor and master programs in Earth Sciences and in Geography as well as third-cycle education in several Earth Science subjects. Our main research themes are “Climate and Climate Change”, “Earth Surface Processes” and “The Geosphere” and the research strategy of the department emphasizes on further development of Earth System Science.

The post of associate senior lecturer is a career-development position aimed at giving the employee an opportunity to improve their teaching and academic capabilities. At the end of the term of employment, an associate senior lecturer may apply for promotion to the post of senior lecturer. If the associate senior lecturer is judged to be suitable and to meet the criteria for promotion, they will be employed on a permanent basis as a senior lecturer.

Subject area 

Ecosystem Science (Ekosystemvetenskap)

Research Environment

This position is co-funded by the Strategic Research Area BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate;, which is a cooperation between Lund university and the University of Gothenburg. BECC brings together scientists from natural and social sciences to perform research essential in understanding the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. This position is particularly linked to the BECC grand challenge “Carbon Cycle & Climate Change”.

The successful candidate should conduct research at the Skogaryd Research Catchment (, which is included in the national infrastructure networks SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Sciences; and ICOS-Sweden ( The Skogaryd Research Catchment has several eddy covariance systems for greenhouse gas (GHG) flux measurements.

This position relates to the department’s research themes “Climate and Climate Change” and “Earth Surface Processes”, and the successful candidate is expected to contribute to their further development. You will be part of the Biogeochemistry research group ( at the Department of Earth Sciences. Our research concerns how biogeochemical cycles are influenced by climate and their potential feedback mechanisms, where we especially try to find mitigations for greenhouse gas emissions. Cooperation with other research group at the department and faculty are expected.

Job assignments 

The main task of the position is to conduct research (not less than 50%) in the subject area, using eddy covariance (EC) techniques for greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements from terrestrial ecosystems. The candidate is expected to utilize the ongoing measurements within the Skogaryd Research Catchment. The candidate should contribute to the aims for the infrastructure, which is to conduct and develop quantification of GHG balances at the landscape scale including land-atmosphere, land-water, and water-atmosphere exchange, as well as to elucidate the underlying biogeochemical processes.

Teaching duties (20 %) cover Bachelor and Master courses in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences. The candidate must be able to teach in English and is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years of admission.

Time for competence development will be granted (at least 10%). The candidate should also support quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of EC data at the Skogaryd Research Catchment (20 %) and should use those for own research.

Some administrative duties are also part of the job assignments as well as collaborations within the academia and with the surrounding society. The distribution of time between research, teaching and other tasks follows the Department’s strategy and is determined annually in an individual service plan.


The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg. 

The candidate who is offered the position must have a PhD degree or a comparable foreign degree in a subject area relevant for the position, should be scientifically skilled within the subject area, should have good teaching skills, and should have proven the ability to obtain external research funding.

Applicants must have obtained their doctoral degree or attained the equivalent skills no more than five years before the application deadline for the post expires. Applicants who completed their doctoral degree or attained the equivalent skills earlier may still be considered if special grounds exist.


Assessment criteria for employment in a teaching position are stated in chapter 4, §3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance (“högskoleförordning”, in Swedish only) and in University of Gothenburg’s regulations for employment (“anställningsordning”, in Swedish only).

The assessment of your application will be based primarily on your scientific merits. Pedagogic experience and skills will be assessed with the same care.  

When assessing scientific proficiency, the successful candidate must have proven experiences in eddy covariance techniques for greenhouse gas measurements, primarily through peer-reviewed scientific publications or doctoral thesis. Experiences with large data handling is of merit. The candidate should also show a general understanding of biogeosciences of the boreal and temperate landscape. Documented success in attracting external funding in competition is a strong merit. Experiences in coordinating research projects or in the administration of research infrastructures is meritorious.

When assessing pedagogical proficiency, emphasis will be placed on the ability to successfully plan, perform and lead teaching. Documented ability to supervise students at different levels is meritorious.

Communication skills and communicating with the general public is a desired skill.

To obtain this position, the successful candidate will be chosen after an overall assessment of their proficiency in the subject area, being judged to have the highest potential to perform the intended duties for the position, cooperate with others, and contribute to a positive development of the department.


Form of employment: Fixed term of 6 years with possibility of promotion to a permanent post as senior lecturer

Scope: Full-time

Location: Department of Earth Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden

Starting date: by arrangement

Criteria for promotion:

For promotion from associate senior lecturer to senior lecturer, the applicant must:

  1. have the qualifications for the post of senior lecturer, i.e. have demonstrated teaching expertise and have been awarded a Degree of Doctor or have corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties it will involve, and
  2. be considered suitable for such a post according to the assessment criteria that are to be applied for the promotion in question.

The applicant is normally required to be associate professor (docent).

The assessment criteria can be found here:

Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department Roland Barthel: [email protected] or Professor Tobias RĂĽtting: [email protected]


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: 

Appointment procedure 

The assessment process will include statements from external experts, interviews and trial lectures. The assessment of merits and experience will take into account parental leave, sick leave or other similar circumstances. The reasons and extent of absence should be stated in connection with the presentation of qualifications and experiences.

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. Together with your application the following should be attached:

  • Cover letter.
  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and record of received research grants.
  • Description of scientific expertise, and a motivated list of ten selected scientific publications.
  • Copies of the ten selected publications in full format.
  • A research plan with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position (maximum three pages).
  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality. The description should also include pedagogical reflection and teaching philosophy.
  • Certificates and other documents to be considered.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.  

Publications that cannot be attached to the application in digital format should be sent to:

Faculty Office for Science
University of Gothenburg
Att Linda Forsberg
Box 460
S-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

The application is to be written in English.

Applications must be received by: 2022-05-16

Information for International Applicants 

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