Postdoctoral Fellow in Aquatic Microbial Ecology

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At the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University, research and education is conducted in an international environment. The subject areas are Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Some of the research has direct environmental and societal relevance and the approach is often broad and interdisciplinary. About 140 people are working at the Department, of which ca. 35 are teachers and researchers and 50 are PhD students.

Project description

One of the main goals of the postdoctoral position is to understand and characterize microbial associations and interactions in aquatic environments. To do this, we will use state of the art technologies through SciLifeLab. The project has ample opportunities to establish collaborations and develop and test research hypothesis about microbial ecology, genetic population structures, test models of species interactions and directed evolution.

The postdoctoral researcher will be based at SciLifeLab (www.scilifelab.se) where the working atmosphere is international with English as the working language. Moreover, the postdoctoral position will be associated with the biodiversity project “Getting a grip on the microbiota controlling greenhouse gas emissions from freshwaters”. This biodiversity project involves a group of talented scientists working in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and University of Madison, Wisconsin. In the project, we combined existing and currently collected data on chemical characteristics and microbial processes in 40 water bodies from Europe and North America, cultivated model communities and single cell isolation approaches. The project aims at understanding functional variation within and among boreal lakes and link specific processes involved in GHG turnover to environmental conditions.

Main responsibilities

At the moment we have a number of large datasets to be analyzed, including metagenomes from lakes and permafrost thaw ponds, single cell genomes and metagenomes from aquatic model communities. Moreover there are opportunities to develop and work on cultivation of aquatic microorganisms.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

We are seeking for an innovative, energetic and collaborative individual to work as part of a team to complete a number of the described projects.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Following qualifications are merit:

  • PhD in genomics, ecology, microbiology, mathematics, bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, genetics or a related discipline.
  • Quantitative skills and experience in the computational analysis of genomic or other biological data, as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications.
  • Programming experience with several computing languages including R.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data from large scale sequencing projects.
  • Prior experience in data mining and integration, including the visualization and interpretation of complex data sets.
  • Proven ability to work both as part of a team as well as independently, organizing work efficiently and prioritizing among the work tasks.
  • Ability to both provide and act on constructive criticism.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date: as soon as possible.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Professor Ove Eriksson, ove.eriksson@su.se, and the project leader Sarahi Garcia, sarahi.garcia@su.se.

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, saco@saco.su.se, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, alejandra@st.su.se, and seko@seko.su.se (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:

    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement

    – why and how you wish to complete the project

    – what makes you suitable for the project in question

  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!