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Natural Science Environmental Science PhD Job @ Gothenburg | Sweden

Natural Science Environmental Science PhD Job @ Gothenburg | Sweden

Natural Science Environmental Science PhD Job @ Gothenburg | Sweden: At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv) we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.

Natural Science Environmental Science PhD Job @ Gothenburg | Sweden

PhD student position in Natural science, specializing in Environmental Science

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg

First day of employment: upon agreement

Reference number: UR 2016/739

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg.
The current position is placed at Medicinareberget.

Project description

  • The project is a new collaboration between BioEnv and Mathematical Sciences at University of Gothenburg/Chalmers Technical University.
  • The project aims to develop alternative tools to assess synergistic mixture effects between different classes of chemicals on fish biomarkers.
  • The project combines state-of-the-art experimental studies in the laboratory with mathematical modeling, factorial design and mathematical statistics.
  • The PhD project focuses on laboratory studies in cultured fish cells exposed to mixtures of different classes of chemicals.
  • The PhD project involves close collaboration with mathematicians.
  • The PhD project involves collaboration with the dCod-program at University of Bergen, Norway and the International Scientific Network within this program.

Job assignments
The main task is to conduct the PhD thesis work under supervision, which includes development of the PhD student’s methodology experience, analytical skills, and theoretical depth and breadth. Techniques used within the project include cell culturing, quantitative real-time PCR, immunochemical techniques, enzyme kinetics and efflux studies. The experimental part involves exposures of cultured fish cell-lines in vitro and fish in vivo to mixtures of different classes of chemicals. These classes of chemicals include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, biocides, hormones and pharmaceuticals.

The studies will be conducted mostly as laborative studies. Shorter periods may also be spent as lab work in Norway or another country. Specific research topics associated with the research project include mixture toxicity (cocktail effects), detoxification mechanisms, biomarker responses, endocrine disruption, bioinformatics, systems biology, mathematical modelling, factorial design and mathematical statistics.

Third cycle education

Admission to third cycle education is aiming at a PhD in Natural Science, specializing in Environmental Science. The education runs for four years of fulltime studies, containing three years of thesis work and one year of academic education (i.e. course work and literature studies). A selection of courses at the Department/Faculty is available, but national/international courses can also be selected. Some teaching and/or course administration can be included which extends the contract to the same extent.

Eligibility
The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in an other way acquired similar knowledge.

Assessment

  • Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.
  • We are seeking a motivated person for PhD studies in environmental science with emphasis on ecotoxicology.
  • Good communication skills (written and spoken) in English are necessary.
  • Good communication skills (written and spoken) in Swedish are advantageous.
  • Other merits are good collaboration skills as well as ability to work independently.
  • Good knowledge in animal physiology and systems biology are advantageous.
  • Specialization within ecotoxicology and experience of working with cell culturing of animal cells and molecular biology techniques are advantageous.
  • Basic knowledge in mathematics and chemistry is a merit.
  • The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which might be held in English and could also be performed by phone /skype.

Additional information
The application must include:

  • A short cover letter with the applicant’s justification for the application, i.e., that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria (max. one A4 page)
  • An attested list of qualifications (CV)
  • Examination certificates and a transcript of courses with grades
  • A copy of the Masters thesis (or equivalent)
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant
  • Contact information for at least two referees that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications
  • The application should preferably be written in English.

Natural Science Environmental Science PhD Job @ Gothenburg | Sweden

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