Postdoc: Marine Chemistry

Країна: Швеція;

Місто: Göteborg

Додана: 20.03.2019


Тип: PostDoc vacancy;

Дедлайн подачі: 09.04.2019


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The department for Marine Sciences ( is Sweden's most complete academic environment for marine research and education, and it is one of few such institutions in Europe. The Department for Marine Sciences, founded 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology, and marine heritage conservation. Thus, the department has excellent opportunities to meet future challenges in marine research and education. The department of Marine Sciences are located with permanent staff in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the Swedish west coast north of Gothenburg.

Subject area

Biogeochemical cycles of halogens in the Arctic during polar night– a contribution to the international expedition MOSAiC to the high Arctic.

Subject area description

At the Marine Science Department there is a long tradition of Polar science within chemistry and oceanography. The subject area concerns the emissions of biologically produced trace gases, (halocarbons). These compounds are identified as ozone- depleting and are the subject to present and future regulation under international agreements (e.g., the Montreal Protocol). Global budgets of halogenated compounds exist, but the Arctic Ocean is not included in these models, and there is still a large knowledge gap regarding the influence of sea ice-atmosphere interactions during polar night. The changes in sea ice distribution, concentrations and age, especially in the Arctic where the extent of multiyear ice has declined substantially relative to seasonal ice, will affect the atmospheric composition of halogens. Halogen species involved in the depletion of ozone are associated with new sea ice formation, and they accumulate during polar winter. The position is devoted to measurements of halocarbons during the Arctic winter to obtain an understanding of biogeochemical processes during the sea ice growth and their impacts on Arctic tropospheric chemistry. The investigations include the role of ice as a reaction surface for chemical conversion processes, and as a source of halogens to the atmosphere. We will estimate the contribution of seasonal sea ice to the load of halocarbons in the troposphere during polar night and minimize the uncertainties in global flux models of halocarbons through air-sea-sea ice measurements.

Job assignments

The candidate will join an international team participating in the MOSAiC expedition ( to the high Arctic. The project will participate in 3 out of 6 legs and the successful candidate should be prepared to join the research vessel Polarstern during the dark period of the year (December 2019 to april 2020, dates to be determined). The practical work will include determination of volatile halocarbons in air, seawater, sea ice and snow with gas chromatography. The candidate will take part in the evaluation of the data together with the international biogeochemistry team and present results in manuscript(s) and at conferences, and communicate the findings at various dissemination activities. The candidate is also expected to take part in other research-related activities at the department, and within the research group in particular. The candidate should also be prepared to join specialized courses in polar bear protection and basic safety according to SOLAS during April to June 2019.


Qualified for appointment as postdoc is a person who has been awarded a PhD degree in a subject area relevant for the position no longer than 3 years ago. Relevant subject areas for this position are marine chemistry, chemical oceanography or equivalent academic disciplines. A candidate with a foreign degree that is judged to be comparable is also eligible.

The candidate should have earlier experience of analytical determinations of trace compounds in seawater and/or air and extensive field work. Experience of working with halogen chemistry is of special merit.


Scientific proficiency will be the primary criteria for the assessment of merits.

The scientific proficiency is assessed with a focus on the candidate's capacity and earlier experience of working in the field of marine chemistry.

The assessment is based primarily on scientific publications, on participation in international conferences and workshops and field work experience. The successful candidate will be chosen based on an overall assessment of proficiency and potential within the subject area, the potential and ability to independently carry out the duties of the position, and the abilities to communicate and cooperate with others.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 24 months

Extent: 100%

Location: Department of Marine Sciences at Göteborg

First day of employment: As agreed

For further information about the position

Please contact professor Katarina Abrahamsson (


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: opportunities/union-representatives

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, and submit the following documents:

  • Personal letter
  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and record of received research grants (with amounts).
  • Copies of maximum 5 accepted publications (not manuscripts).
  • Description of scientific expertise, and a brief description of the applicant's contributions to the scientific publications in the CV.
  • Description of other merits, for example, boards of trust, outreach activities.
  • Description of field work
  • Other documents that you wish to be considered.
  • Names of 2-3 reference persons.

It is the responsibility of the candidate 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.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2019-04-09

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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