atthe Department of Environmental Science. Closing date: 16 October
The Department of Environmental Science is one of the biggest departments at
the Faculty of Science. The department is divided into four units with more
than 190 researchers, teachers, doctoral students and technical/administrative
staff from over 30 countries.
The project is a collaboration between ACES, the Department of Ecology,
Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP) and The Baltic Sea Centre (BSC). It
will be embedded within the new Stockholm University Center for Circular and
Sustainable Systems (SUCCeSS). The vision of SUCCeSS is to lead and promote
research on circular and sustainable systems to drive the transformation
towards a sustainable society.
The position will be associated with the interdisciplinary project “Safe
Water Reuse in a Changing Environment – Microbial Degradation of Contaminants
in European Rivers”. Increasing water reuse is at the heart of Europe's
climate change adaptation strategy to counter water scarcity. Sustainable and
safe reuse is hampered by a complex mixture of contaminants that reach
recipient waters due to their incomplete elimination in sewage treatment
plants. Very little is known about their fate in the environment and the self-
purification capacities of natural systems.
The project will combine molecular, chemical analytical and biogeochemical
tools to generate and link knowledge on the interplay of microbial
communities, carbon cycling and contaminant biodegradation in the aquatic
environment - which is a crucial prerequisite for safe and sustainable reuse.
The goals of the project are:
1) To assess and link in situ microbial diversity, degradation of polar
organic contaminants and organic matter quality in European river systems.
2) To link microbial transcriptional activity with degradation rates of model
contaminants and organic matter quality in experimental bioassays.
3) Establish proxies and use output from existing models of organic carbon
sources and fate in limnic systems to predict present and future degradation
rates in rivers.
Molecular analysis will be performed at DEEP, chemical analyses at ACES, and
biogeochemical analyses at BSC. These environments will offer the successful
applicant ample opportunities for scientific diversification. As part of a
young team supported by senior academics, you will have access to rich
The position involves research including experimental design to meet the
scientific goals of the project. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to
plan, conduct, interpret and communicate research and results and should have
a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaborative work.
The focus will be on environmental microbiology, including field sampling and
experimental work, molecular laboratory work, data analysis, and writing of
scientific manuscripts. Established methods for carbon and contaminant
analyses will be applied.
As part of the project the candidate will be expected to work in small teams
at sampling sites across Europe (including Italy, Germany and Sweden).
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.
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision
is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree
may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick
leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total
defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or
service/assignments relevant to the subject area.
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills
in relevant areas for the position. The successful postdoc candidate is
expected to have experience in environmental microbiology, including DNA
extraction, PCR, preferably next generation sequencing library preparation,
and knowledge of analyzing 16S rRNA gene amplicon data.
It is an asset if the candidate has research skills in mass spectrometry and
analytical chemistry, knowledge on carbon cycling in aquatic ecosystems, and
has previously participated in field work, including water and sediment
Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a
maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special
circumstances. Start date November 1 2022 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 PIs Malte
Posselt (ACES) firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone +46 073 081 2097, Florian
Roth (BSC) email@example.com, or Elias Broman (DEEP) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, email@example.com,
Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46
8 16 34 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com (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
CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of
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
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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