Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, SLU, Umeå, is looking for a researcher in the project “Climate change and pharmaceutical pollution – effects on future waters?” The focus of the project is to study how a changing climate (e.g. higher temperature) will affect the effects that pharmaceuticals induce on for example fish behaviour, and how these changes in turn affect ecosystem functioning. The researcher will study how water temperature and wastewater effluent containing behaviourally modifying drugs (e.g. benzodiazepines and SSRIs) together affect freshwater fishes. More specifically, effects on inter-specific interactions (i.e. predation and competition) of wild fish from northern aquatic ecosystems will be studied in a combination of lab and field-experiments.


The researcher will mostly carry out research and development within the “ecological effects of pharmaceuticals in aquatic systems” framework. The main focus will be on improving how to identify, prioritize and remedy ecological effects of pharmaceuticals through e.g. better effect-study designs and more accurate risk-assessments. We encourage research that involves both stakeholders and other researchers (both internal and external). In addition, the researcher is expected to contribute to education by teaching courses and supervising thesis workers. Finally, the researcher is also expected to apply for both national and international research grants as well as actively communicate the science to society.


The applicant should have very well developed skills in verbal and written communication in English. Prior successful collaborations with stakeholders or national and international researchers will be important for the position. We are looking for a highly motivated, independent, and team-oriented candidate with documented experience in either behavioural ecology, pharmaceutical sample preparation and analysis, fish ecology and/or spatial ecology. Documented statistical skills in R is a prerequisite for the position. Experience with livetrapping and caretaking of fish, active or passive transmitters as well as behavioural softwares will count as merits. Finally, a documented history of science communication will be a merit.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Permanent employment. SLU uses probationary employment.




Starting date:

2020-12-01 or according to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2020-11-01, use the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Tomas Brodin