Postdoctoral researcher for the ECWA-NOR project

Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för ekoteknik- och hållbart byggande

Mid Sweden University is a place where people meet, find inspiration and think innovatively. Our campuses are situated in Sundsvall and Östersund, and we offer a wide range of courses and education, both on-campus and distance education. Our good relations with society ensure well-supported research and education, not least in the region.

Faculty of Science, Technology and Media

The Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering is located at Campus Östersund. The department conducts research and education in the following subjects:

Ecotechnology and Environmental Science within postgraduate education, as well as Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering and Building Engineering within undergraduate education.

Job description: In this project, ECWA-NOR, we will establish relationships between E.coli and environmental DNA (eDNA) that can be used to trace the origin of fecal pollution within watersheds of oligotrophic rivers in northern Sweden.  We are now looking for a postdoctoral researcher for this project. The research aims to assess different methods to identify the source and strain of E.coli in the water by combining traditional and new innovative research methods. The study area will be the catchment area of upper parts of river Indalsälven (upstream lake Storsjön, the fifth largest lake in Sweden), including the source area in the mountain region with the Norwegian border as delimiter to the west. Potential anthropogenic and natural sources of fecal pollution will be mapped and investigated in the project.

Work tasks:  80 % research, 20 % teaching in university courses/programmes. A large part of the research will be conducted in the field and in the laboratory. You will be responsible for the field work including strategic water sampling and the chemical and microbiological analyses. Field operations and the laboratory work will be carried out in close collaboration with our partner companies.

Requirements and assessment: Fundamental eligibility is those who have completed a PhD in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology or related subjects or some other way, have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge either within or outside the country. In-depth knowledge of environmental biotechnology in connection with chemical and microbiological investigations of surface waters will be considered a merit. Skills in the use of GIS and various tools for modelling of the distribution and transport of water pollutants will also be considered a merit. In addition to good subject knowledge, great importance is attached to collaborative skills, initiative and personal aptitude for research under sometimes challenging field conditions. You will be covering large areas in remote regions and a driver’s licence is mandatory. A brief statement of the visions and goals of the applicant in relation to the stated specified research tasks should be included in the application. The applicant should also have good aptitude in the independent writing and presentation of reports in English.

A prerequisite for employment is that the applicant has not been employed as a postdoctoral researcher for more than 1 year at Mid Sweden University, and that the doctoral degree was completed no more than 3 years before the end of the application period.

Terms of employment: The postdoctoral position is for a period of two years, full-time.

Entry: The 1st July 2020 or according to agreement.

Information: Professor Anders Jonsson,  Professor Monica Odlare, and Head of department Nils Nilsson,

More information can also be found on the webpage of the project the department 

Salary: Individual negotiation of salary.

The application must contain supporting documentation for the CV, copies of grades and qualifications, description of goals as described above and other documents that is cited as support.  Welcome with your application no later than 15tf of April 2020.

Mid Sweden University works actively for equal opportunities and strives to embrace the qualities that diversity and equality bring to the organization.

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    Temporary position longer than 6 months

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    Full time

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    MIUN 2020/472

  • Union representative
    1. Per Bergman, Fackförbundet ST, 010-142 83 71
    2. Gertrud Olauzon, Saco, 010-142 83 58
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