Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

The Department of Chemistry is looking for a doctoral student in environmental chemistry with a focus on marine environmental chemistry, starting as soon as possible. Are you interested in environmental contaminants and their behavior and effects in the sea? Do you have an MSc in environmental chemistry or analytical chemistry in combination with other areas in marine sciences? Take the chance to immerse yourself in the field, the last application date is June 4th, 2021.

The employment as a doctoral student aims at a doctoral degree where the main task is to devote oneself to one's own doctoral education, including participation in research projects as well as doctoral education courses. You will be part of an international research group focused on marine environmental chemistry. The aim of the project is to study processes that affect the transport and fate of anthropogenic and naturally formed substances in the marine coastal zone, including their uptake into and effects on marine organisms. You will conduct studies both in the laboratory and in the field. Furthermore, you perform chemical analyzes with linked chromatographic and mass spectrometric instruments. As a doctoral student, you will also participate in research conferences, present your data to an international audience and write scientific publications based on your research results.

You will complete your doctoral education together with environmental chemists and interdisciplinary in collaboration with marine ecologists. The doctoral position is part of the research program EcoChange, which is one of the government's strategic investments in marine environmental research. The research is conducted in close collaboration between Umeå University and Linnaeus University, where Umeå University hosts the program. The main purpose of EcoChange is to describe and analyze key processes that are important for the structure and function of the ecosystem in the Baltic Sea and how these affect the dynamics of environmental contaminants and the ecological effects of climate change now and in the future. Here you can read more about research in marine science at Umeå University and the research program EcoChange.

To be admitted to postgraduate education, the applicant must have basic eligibility through a completed degree at advanced level, or completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or equivalent foreign education, or equivalent qualifications.

In order to meet the requirement for special eligibility to be admitted to postgraduate education in chemistry, the applicant must have a basic higher education of at least 90 higher education credits in chemistry or other subjects that are deemed to be directly relevant to the relevant specialization. Of the 90 higher education credits, at least 15 higher education credits at advanced level in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry or equivalent must be included. Good knowledge of English in both speech and writing is a requirement.

Further education in marine chemistry or marine ecology is an advantage.

You will work both in groups and independently. It is therefore important that you as a person take the initiative, show independence towards set goals and have a good ability to work together.

Terms of employment
The employment aims at a doctoral degree and the doctoral student's main task is to devote himself to his own doctoral education, which includes both participation in research projects and doctoral education courses. The tasks may include teaching and other departmental work (up to a maximum of 20%). The employment is limited in time to the equivalent of four years full-time or up to five years for part-time teaching. The salary is determined according to an established salary ladder for doctoral student employment.

The application must contain:

  • CV
  • A personal letter in which you describe your research interests and your reasons for applying for the study place
  • Certified copies of diplomas or equivalent, including documentation of completed academic courses, grades obtained, and any other certificates
  • Names and contact information of at least two reference persons

The application must be made via our e-recruitment system Varbi and be received no later than June 4th, 2021.

Further information is provided by Professor Mats Tysklind, e-mail or telephone + 46-70-586 6999, Professor Peter Haglund,, telephone + 46-90- 786 6667.

Information about us
The doctoral position is located at the Department of Chemistry, which is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology and has almost 200 employees, of which about 40 are doctoral students. Three major research areas, biological chemistry, environmental and biogeochemistry and technical chemistry bring together the department's research and education in chemistry. We are also a strong partner within KBC, Chemical-Biological Center. Information about the department's postgraduate education can be found on our website.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible or by agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-646-21
  • Mats Tysklind, 090-786 66 68
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 26.Apr.2021
Last application date 04.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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