Researcher: Marine Biogeochemistry - Blue Carbon

Göteborg University
June 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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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 programs and a Ph. D. education in the marine domain.


You 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. You will be mentored on how to apply for research grants and encouraged to apply for individual fellowships to continue this line of research. You will continue developing carbon budgets in seagrass meadows, saltmarshes, kelp forests and mangroves. The focus will on Blue Carbon and the coastal carbon cycle research. Other duties may include teaching, supervision, and administration. The work language will be English.

A short description of the larger project can be seen here.


The candidate should have completed a PhD in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate scientific achievements in the topic of the project. A background in biogeochemistry and the coastal carbon cycle is expected. A demonstration of strong laboratory and quantitative skills is expected. Strong writing skills demonstrated via publications in high quality scientific journals are essential.

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.


The employment is a fixed-term employment for 6 months, 100% of full time and placed at the Department of Marine Science in Gothenburg. Starting date is upon agreement (approximately November 2024).

Selection process

The candidates will be judged for their (1) expertise in the topic of the project, (2) ability to collaborate and work independently, and (3) past academic performance on the topic.

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

Contact information for the post

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Isaac R. Santos ([email protected]). If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Sofie Emanuelsson ([email protected])


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The following documents should be submitted 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 examples of previous research experiences on the topic, list of publications, and contact details of 2 referees who can comment on your ability to perform research on coastal carbon cycling (2 pages).
  • PDF of up to 3 scientific texts written by the candidate. This can 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.
  • The application is to be written in English. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30 June and may be invited to write a short-research proposal with a negotiable deadline.

    Applications must be received by: 2024-06-20

    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.

    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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