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Postdoctoral positions - Sweden

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The University of Goteborg has two postdoctoral positions available with a research focus on one of the following topics:

  • Bivalve neuroendocrine physiology. The project involves examining cell lineages of melanocytes and biomarkers in melanocyte differentiation, specifically focused on the role of G-protein-coupled receptors in Crassostrea gigas (oysters).
  • Microalgal production for shellfish aquaculture. The project will focus on optimizing Chaetoceros calcitrans production in microalgal cultures for shellfish aquaculture in conjunction with an industrial partner.
  • Aquaponics. The project will examine the role of microbial populations in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), biofilters, anaerobic digesters and hydroponics (HP) units within aquaponics systems that optimize growth from appropriate nutrient transfers between units. It will also involve work on bacterial relationships related to biofloc, biofilms and pathogens in RAS systems.

The position is open to a candidate who is independent and self-motivated - details of the project can be adjusted based on a candidate’s skills and interests. The candidate will be expected to not only lead their project but i) develop and discuss their ideas with team members and the PI; ii) initiate and carry out their work within a collaborative environment; iii) write well-formulated reports and academic articles. 

The candidate will be responsible for running applied experiments in several different labs (Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia) thus requiring flexibility for extended stays in various locations as well as frequent international travel to participate in meetings, working groups, conferences and visits with industry partners. The candidate will be working with a multidisciplinary team of aquatic science researchers, engineers and food scientists in several international research groups, thus good team skills, effective communication in English and the ability to travel are required.

The position is full-time for an initial two-year contract with the possibility of renewal. International applicants are welcome. Although based at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the position also involves considerable international travel (once that becomes possible again due to the COVID situation), so applicants must be prepared to work for extended periods in locations outside of Sweden. 

The exact start date for this position is negotiable depending on the availability of a suitable candidate, but a start date of September 1, 2021 is desirable. Salary is approximately $3,500 per month. Position includes a full spectrum of vacation and travel benefits, as well as coverage from the national health and business travel insurance. 


  • At a minimum, the candidate must possess a PhD in cell or molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, veterinary sciences, bioinformatics, nutrition or related disciplines. 
  • Demonstrated experience in forms of microscopy, various molecular and biochemical analytical techniques, and statistical software are essential. Knowledge of cell cultures, cell signaling, and/or polymeric chemistry would be desirable. 
  • For the second and third topic, additional experience in bioanalytical assays and work with microalgae, fungi or cyanobacteria would be considered assets. 
  • It is not a requirement to have prior experience with aquaculture, aquaponics or hydroponic crop production (commercial greenhouse facilities), but such experience would be advantageous. 
  • For the second and third topics, the candidate should clearly note any relevant skills such as technical operation of an aquarium, aquaculture tanks or multiphase bioreactors, as well as experience in hydroponic, plant nutrition or irrigation systems.  
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Teamwork and communication skills.
  • The position will involve project planning and coordination (experimental design, purchasing, logistics), therefore demonstrated independence in that regard would be assets.  


The application must include: 

  • CV and cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria.
  • Evidence of strong academic writing skills (full text of at least three two first-author peer-reviewed manuscripts, any reports or project/grant proposals written, and a copy of the PhD dissertation).
  • If not included on the CV, name and contact details of three referees attached in a file entitled References ‘your name’.pdf.

If the following items are not evident on the CV, please state clearly in the cover letter: your willingness to travel internationally for research periods in collaborating labs, evidence of teamwork and competence with specific statistical software.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alyssa Joyce, Apply by May 15, 2021.

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