Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science

Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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The Department of Environmental Science (ACES) is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Science. The department is divided into units with research and teaching focusing on Contaminant Chemistry, Exposure & Effects, Atmospheric Science, and Biogeochemistry. Altogether, there about 200 researchers, teachers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff at ACES. As a young researcher, you will be part of a dynamic environment in leading research areas, communication with stakeholders, and strong international networks.

Project description
The position will be associated with the project INSERT funded by the Swedish EPA. INSERT aims at improving our understanding of the cumulative effects and multiple stressors in Baltic sediments by integrating effects of chemical (hydrophobic contaminants and metals) and nonchemical (temperature, salinity, and sediment properties) stressors on biota, with particular focus on amphipods and their reproductive health. As primary toxicity drivers, we will consider chemical activity combined with other stressors, such as temperature and salinity. The overall aim is to understand whether mixtures of hydrophobic chemicals and metals contribute to developmental aberrations observed in sediments with high pollution load. Much of the work will involve designing and developing experimental setups and analysis of chemical and biological data.

Main responsibilities
The position involves research, including experimental design and experimental work, interpretation of data and data management as well as writing scientific papers. This is an interdisciplinary project that requires interactions with environmental chemists, biochemists, and ecotoxicologists as well as with stakeholders; thus, the candidate is expected to have an interest in understanding exposure and effects of chemicals from a broad perspective.

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 in a relevant area for the position. The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in biology/ecology/ecotoxicology or equivalent, with some experience in developing experimental systems, handling invertebrates, and analyzing complex experimental data. Experience in biochemical analysis, multivariate data analysis, and environmental chemistry are substantial assets.

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 2021-01-15 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 Prof. Elena Gorokhova, telephone: +46 8 674 73 41,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, 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
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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