Researcher in Environmental Science
University of Gothenburg Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Researcher in Environmental Science

Ref PAR 2021/432


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv) we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg and Kristineberg Marine Research Station. The current position is placed at the department unit in the Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

Project description

The position forms part of research investigating the significance of vegetation, in particular trees, on the levels of air pollutants in the urban environment. To reach this aim measurements of air pollutants and sampling of trees in different environments in the Gothenburg area are performed. In addition to the monitoring of air pollutants and plants, measurement of meteorological factors and tree vitality and content of different elements is made. The project is carried out in close collaboration with the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Lund University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science. Emphasis is on data analysis but field and laboratory work can also be included in the tasks.

Job assignments

We are looking for a motivated person with the field of environmental science, with emphasis on air pollution management. This employment includes compilation and statistical analysis of collected data as well as monitoring of air pollutants and meteorology, sampling and laboratory handling of plant material. All measurements and sampling takes place in the Gothenburg region. Teaching at bachelor and masters levels is also included in the position (40% of the position), with emphasis on air pollution management and environmental impact assessment.


To be eligible for employment as a researcher, the applicant must have a PhD exam in a relevant subject (environmental science, biology, chemistry) as outlined in the advertisement. The exam must be finished before closing date for this announcement.


The assessment will be based on the applicant merits with respect to the following criteria:

The position requires advanced knowledge of air pollutants and climate change as well as significant experience of the tasks described above. Furthermore, knowledge about different types of models used in air pollution management and experience of using these in education is necessary. Experience of teaching on bachelor and/or masters levels, as well as a good ability to communicate in English, is required. A driver license is necessary to perform the tasks.

Advantageous for the position is earlier experience of measurements of air pollutants as well as sampling and analysis of plant material. The work will be undertaken in close collaboration with other staff in the research project as well as with teachers on the courses in which teaching will be made. Hence, good ability to co-operate is of large importance for the position. Knowledge and experience of handling and statistical analysis of extensive chemical or biological data is also valuable.

The application should preferably be written in English and must include:

  • A cover letter with the applicant’s justification for the application, i.e., that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria (max. one A4 page)
  • A list of qualifications (CV)
  • Certificate of PhD exam and other educations of relevance
  • Complete list of publications, including submitted and accepted manuscripts
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant
  • Contact information for at least two referees that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications (e-mail address and phone number)

The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which might be held in English and could be performed by Zoom.


This is a fixed-term employment for 6 months, 100%, starting 15 July 2021 or upon agreement.

For further information regarding the position

Håkan Pleijel, professor
Phone: +46 733 100700


Henrik Aronsson, Professor and Head of Department
Phone: +46 31 786 48 02


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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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. 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. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date: 30 April, 2021

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.

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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