Postdoctoral researcher/researcher in biology towards environmental science

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-03519/2021

Postdoctoral researcher/researcher in biology towards environmental science

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher/researcher in biology specialized towards environmental science for a fixed-term position at the School of Science and Technology.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is biology.

Background

The candidate is going to work in the KK-foundation financed project -´The status of ecosystem functions of polluted lands assessed in situ using plant, soil and microbial indicators´- which is a collaboration between Örebro University, the two companies Structor Environmental Technology AB and Structor Öst AB, and the Swedish Geotechnical Institute. The position is placed in the ecosystem ecology group at the strong research environment Man Technology and Environment (MTM), at the School of Science and Technology.

Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop their research skills.

The researcher is going to study polluted soils and use stable isotope and other methods to evaluate their applicability for assessing the ecological status of such soils.

Eligibility

Eligible for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants having been awarded a doctoral degree in biology, forest science, agriculture, environmental science or a closely related subject. The degree is to have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist, a person who has been awarded their doctoral degree prior to that should also be considered. Such grounds comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, positions of trust in a trade union or other similar circumstances.

Assessment criteria

Documented experience in the form of scientific publications in the fields of ecosystems ecology, ecotoxicology, polluted soils (in particular metal polluted), plant ecophysiology, plant-microbe-interactions, plant-soil-interactions, soil animals, soil microbiology, stable isotope methods and molecular methods are all considered as merits in the evaluation. Proficiency in written and spoken English is a requirement.

General assessment criteria include good interpersonal skills and an ability to cooperate, as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to perform the duties well.

Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia.  

Information

This is a fixed-term full-time position for two years. If held as a postdoctoral researcher, there is the possibility of a one-year extension as a researcher. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, contact Professor Alf Ekblad +46 19 30 35 28, email: This is an email address or the Head of the Natural Science Division Mattias Bäckström, email: mattias.backstrom @oru.se

At Örebro University, we expect all employees to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outline what kind of studies you would like to make within the project.
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience.
  • Account of research qualifications and experience.
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met.
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format).

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:  https://www.oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-vacancies/applicants-and-external-experts/

The application deadline is July 31 2021 and you are expected to start the position 1 September 2021. We look forward to receiving your application!

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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.