Project Assistant In Biodiversity Informatics

Göteborg University
February 23, 2024
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Marine Science (https: // www. at the University of Gothenburg has with its broad scientific competence area and its unique infrastructure the most complete environment for marine science and marine education in Sweden. Only a few similar organisations exist in Europe. Through advanced research infrastructure and the clear connection to societies needs and challenges, the department contributes to new solutions for the global challenges surrounding the ocean.

The Department of Marine Science conducts science, education and innovation related to the sea and its resources. The operation is conducted in Gothenburg, at the research stations Kristineberg Center for Marine Science and Innovation and Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, as well as on the research vessel Skagerak. The department has an interdisciplinary width that includes marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, marine conservation and oceanography, and the research area spans geographically from coast to world ocean. Our scientists and students often have prominent roles in international expeditions, from Antarctica, Arctic, and the great world seas, but also work in our newly built laboratories with advanced equipment and complex analyses methods. The department also has a broad education palette, including a bachelor's program, three master´s programmes and a Ph. D. education in the marine domain.

Project description

We need help with a new project funded by the European Commission called "Integration of biodiversity monitoring data into the Digital Twin Ocean (DTO-bioflow)". The project aims to create access to biological data from the sea and integrate these into data flows to the EU's Digital Twin of the Ocean (DTO).

DTO-bioflow will develop digital tools to structure and strengthen Europe's capacity to monitor coasts and oceans, link monitoring to global analyses of ocean health, and thus ensure that the results respond to needs from society. To this end, the project will consolidate and expand existing marine biological observation networks and prepare analytical workflows for the data generated by these networks.

DTO-bioflow will invest particularly in new autonomous technologies for mapping and monitoring biodiversity, including DNA-based and image-based observatories. Protocols for these observatories have been developed at Gothenburg University and will now be applied on a European scale.


We are looking for a project assistant to support the ongoing activities in the DTO-bioflow project and to connect these to the Swedish Biodiversity Data Infrastructure (www. The successful candidate will be involved in scientific analysis of data from biodiversity observatories and develop analytical workflows to use these data.

The work includes

  • Analyze, manage, and publish metabarcoding data collected by the genetic observation network ARMS MBON to create biological data layers for species distribution modelling
  • Calculate biological variables from genetic and image-based observatories for comparison of diversity at different scales
  • Develop analytical workflows for calculating the above-mentioned biodiversity variables
  • Create documentation and training materials
  • Help and support students with relevant projects
  • Qualifications

    To be considered eligible to apply, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Minimum qualification: Master'sDegree in the Scientific Faculties;
  • Proven knowledge of and previous research experience on genetic observation systems in the ocean, especially Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS)
  • Documented experience in management and publication of metabarcoding data
  • Experience in deployment, retrieval, and processing of ARMS units
  • Bioinformatics skills, especially R
  • Documented experience in creating online documentation and online content, such as e.g. on GitHub,, or Youtube.
  • Good presentation and reporting skills, fluency in written and spoken English
  • Employment

    This is a fixed-term employment for 3 months, with an 100% extent. Placement is at the Department of Marine Sciences in Gothenburg. Starting date as soon as possible or according to agreement.

    Contact information for the post

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact:

    Name: Matthias Obst E-post: [email protected] Tel: 076 6183827


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    To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to create an account in our recruitment system. Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

    The application must be written in English and contain:

  • A personal letter (max. 1 page) with the candidate's justification for the application, which describes how the candidate meets the criteria for the position
  • A CV including full publication record
  • A copy of relevant academic qualifications (e.g. diploma)
  • The highest ranked applicants are invited to an interview which will be conducted digitally or physically in Swedish.

    Applications must be received by: 2024-02-23

    The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

    Salaries are set individually at the University.

    In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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