Research Coordinator

University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, , SE

The advertised positions are within the department of Marine Science, located at the main campus in Gothenburg and at the two marine research laboratories at Tjärnö and Kristineberg (www.marine.gu.se). The new Department of Marine Sciences is a multi-disciplinary academic environment including biology, chemistry, oceanography and geology. Two positions are currently being advertised in this research project funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas.

Subject area

Communications / Project Management / Organic Aquaculture / Aquaponics

Subject area

Bioengineering / Microbiology / Molecular Biology / Metagenomics / Biochemistry/ Plant Physiology

Keywords

recirculating aquaculture systems, hydroponics, aquaponics, microbial, bacterial rhizosphere, plant rooting, probiotics

Job assignments

We are seeking a motivated project coordinator who is interested in integrated agri-aquaculture systems (aquaponics) for addressing global food production challenges. The successful candidate will be working within a large inter-disciplinary project involving experts from aquaculture, agriculture, engineering, microbiology, chemistry, food science and urban planning to examine integrated multi-species food production systems.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual capable of developing a strong research and outreach program within the general parameters of project funding. The funded project involves industry partners and research collaborators in Europe, USA, Australia and Brazil whose complementary expertise will address a broad range of scientific and social questions related to issues such as engineering efficiency, supply chain optimization, food safety and regulatory acceptance of aquaponics as a sustainable form of food production.

Industrial aquaponics is a high-density agricultural technique that combines elements of both aquaculture and hydroponics in a synergistic production technology that utilizes fish wastes as plant fertilizer, thus reducing input and waste disposal requirements of both systems. Technological advances are increasingly moving aquaponics away from small-scale production into industrial environments by focusing on improved macro- and micronutrient recovery. Improvements in engineering design have been able to significantly increase output capacities and have now made industrial aquaponics applications a commercial reality. Although many of the largest aquaponics facilities worldwide are still in arid regions, this technology is also becoming more popular in Europe as design advances have increasingly made aquaponics not just a water-saving enterprise, but also an energy and waste reduction system. Although some systems are focused primarily on production, others also include an educational mandate, particularly those in urban environments.

Our research group is particularly interested in examining the role of microbial populations in recirculating aquaculture systems, anaerobic digesters, and hydroponics units with the goal of better understanding conditions that will maximise beneficial transfers of microbes and their products among components of decoupled aquaponics systems. As growth parameters differ between fish and plants, the microbiome plays a significant role in remineralization and bioavailability of nutrients. Although technical specifications for pH, microbial remineralization and nitrification processes have received much research attention, relatively few studies have characterized other types of bacterial assemblages that either inhibit or stimulate fish and plant growth. For instance, biocontrol of microbes is an important consideration for both producers and consumers, given that the use of disinfection chemicals or antibiotics to control pathogens, or probiotics and phytogenics to stimulate growth, can have profound effects on microbial populations and hence plant and animal health throughout a closed system.

The minimum requirement for this position is a Master’s degree, but a PhD and postdoctoral experience is desirable. The position allows a combination of research (85%) with dissemination and management activities (15%).

As a Project Coordinator, you will develop research directions and conduct your own experimental/research work, while also supporting the Principal Investigator with the overall configuration of the project, which would include tasks such as:

  1. managing web content (writing/designing/ updating web pages);

  2. coordinating and overseeing creation of short video/film clips;

  3. creating clear, compelling informed written and verbal communications, including reports;

  4. assisting other staff within the research team to organize workshops and project meetings and communicate research outcomes through various dissemination channels.

Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate who is independent and self-motivated. At a minimum, the candidate must possess a Master’s degree, ideally in aquaculture, plant physiology, microbiology, bioengineering, environmental engineering, food safety or a relevant policy field, as appropriate for a multi-disciplinary project on aquaponics. It is not a requirement that the candidate has prior experience in aquaponics, but it would be useful to have skills such as technical operation of multiphase bioreactors and/or aquaculture, aquaria, or hydroponic systems.

The candidate will be responsible for i) running applied experiments in several different labs internationally, thus requiring flexibility for extended stays in various locations; further international travel will also be necessary to participate in meetings, working groups, conferences, and visits with industry partners; ii) work on websites and/or film; iii) leading occasional outreach activities (e.g. training courses, field days, workshops events) and working with a wide range of personnel to accomplish research tasks (e.g. students, academic and extension personnel, technicians).

The successful candidate must have excellent English verbal and written communication skills. In addition to exemplary teamwork and communication skills, experience in project coordination (planning, purchasing, logistics, record keeping) is essential. Candidates must have demonstrated prior international living experience, as this is part of a large project with scientific collaborators in multiple countries, and considerable international travel and cross-cultural communication is required.

In your application, please be sure to include evidence related to:

i) any demonstrated prior work in scientific communications, including technical reports, popular science articles, blogs;

ii) any prior cross-cultural management experience and willingness to travel for extended periods;

iii) development of online resources such as websites, film or video (applicants with specific skills sets in filmmaking and webdesign should include links to prior projects or a portfolio);

iv) prior leadership/management roles, including involvement in outreach, project management and other scientific-support activities.

Please state clearly in the cover letter:

i) how your PhD or prior work experience is relevant to agri-aquaculture systems for food production, and a brief description of your research interests and goals if hired;

ii) how you have demonstrated independence in leading prior research projects;

iii) for PhD and postdoctoral applicants, evidence of at least three published articles in peer-reviewed journals or books on which you were first author.

Employment

Type of employment: This is a fixed term position within a three-year funded project. The position will be hired initially for a one-year period, with the possibility for renewal

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Marine Sciences, Gothenburg

First day of employment: A start date is required prior to September 1, 2018, but the exact start date for this position is negotiable depending on the availability of a suitable candidate

Appointment procedure

The application must include:

• A CV and short cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria;

• Full text copies of three accepted peer reviewed manuscripts and/or a portfolio as relevant to the role desired;

• Name and contact details of three referees, in a file titled References + Candidates name.pdf

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

For further information regarding the position

For further information about the position, please contact: Alyssa Joyce, [email protected]

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

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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.


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