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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study with strong research and study programmes attracting scientists and students from around the world. The department for Marine Sciences ( is Sweden's most complete academic environment for marine research and education, and it is one of few such institutions in Europe. The Department for Marine Sciences brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology, and marine heritage conservation. Thus the department has excellent opportunities to meet future challenges in marine research and education. The department of Marine Sciences are located with permanent staff in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the Swedish west coast north of Gothenburg.


Subject area

Marine biogeochemistry


Subject area description

We will initially fill up to two positions to work on a new research project funded by the Swedish Research Council to build carbon budgets in seagrass meadows, saltmarshes, kelp forests and mangroves. We are seeking an independent and collaborative person with a background in marine biogeochemistry or related fields. The researcher will focus on Blue Carbon and the coastal carbon cycle research. The research project will involve collaboration with international and Swedish researchers. There is opportunity to negotiate a specific project with a focus on Blue Carbon at the interview stage or after an offer is made. A candidate with interest on the topic and skills that build on our group’s skills is particularly welcome. The postdoc will have plenty of opportunities not only to produce first authored publications, but also engage in a highly collaborative environment and co-author publications by other group members and perform research that has a societal impact. A short description of the larger project can be seen here:


Job assignments

The postdoctoral researcher will join an international team working on marine biogeochemistry in the Department of Marine Science in Gothenburg. Specific tasks will include field and laboratory investigations, advanced data analysis, writing of scientific manuscripts, and potentially co-supervision of Masters and PhD students. The postdoc may be expected to travel for extended periods of time (up to six weeks per year) to work in remote locations and on our new research vessel. In the second year, the postdoc will be mentored on how to apply for research grants and encouraged to apply for individual fellowships to continue this line of research.



The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have completed a PhD in 2018 or later in a relevant field. Candidates who are expected to graduate anytime in 2021 but already have initial scientific achievements are also encouraged to apply. Candidates currently based on any country are welcome to apply. A start around August 2021 is ideal, but the starting date is negotiable and may be negotiated and postponed to early 2022 for the ideal candidate who is graduating in 2021.



The candidate should have completed a PhD in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate scientific achievements compatible with career stage and opportunity. Scientific achievements include academic publications in scientific journals or technical reports in the field. A background or interest in environmental chemistry, hydrology, oceanography or related discipline is desired. The work language will be English. A demonstration of strong laboratory and quantitative skills would be beneficial. Strong writing skills are essential.



The candidates will be judged for their (1) potential for growth as a researcher to eventually obtain fellowships such as Marie Curie, VR Starting Grant, or Formas, (2) ability to collaborate and work independently, and (3) past academic performance relative to opportunity. In addition to pursuing their own research, the postdoctoral researcher may be required to perform duties such as teaching, supervision, and administration according to special regulations and a negotiated agreement. The candidate will be expected to work in a team, have flexibility to adapt to change, commitment to learn new skills, and build excellent data handling and communication skills. Communication skills in oral and written English are a requirement.


Short-listed applicants may be invited to write a short research proposal and attend an interview in English (in person or online).


Type of employment:

Fixed-term employment: 2 years (extensions may be available if the candidate teaches in the department)

Extent: 100%

Location: Department of Marine Sciences in Gothenburg.


Postdoctoral researchers in Sweden have the same rights as university employees with full access to public services such as sick leave, public health care, education, and parental leave. The selected candidate will be encouraged and mentored on how to apply for additional fellowships managed by the Swedish Research Council, Formas, and/or Marie Curie to continue this line of research beyond the initial 2 years. 



For further information about the position

Please contact Professor Isaac R. Santos (


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: opportunities/union-representatives


Application deadline

19 April 2021


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, and submit the following documents in English:

  • Cover letter explaining the applicant’s experiences, career motivation, interests and potential fit to Prof. Santos’ research (1 page). Feel free to explain any circumstances that help the panel to understand your individual trajectory.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of relevant courses, examples of previous research experiences, list of publications or conference presentations, and contact details of 2 referees who can comment on your ability to succeed as a researcher (2 pages).
  • PDF of up to 3 scientific texts written by the candidate. This can be a PhD thesis, publications in scientific journals, technical reports, or even papers still in draft. Feel free to explain the context of these selected texts in your cover letter.
  • Optional: Description and certificates of any other relevant merits that you wish to refer to and could help the panel to evaluate your potential for growth.


It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline of 9 April. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications, experiences, and potential for growth. The application is to be written in English. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 16 April and may be invited to write a short-research proposal with a negotiable deadline. Interviews are planned for the week of 19 April.

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.

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