Two Research Assistants

Two Research Assistants


Göteborgs universitet möter samhällets utmaningar med mångsidig kunskap. 53 300 studenter och 6 500 medarbetare gör universitetet till en stor och inspirerande arbetsplats. Stark forskning och attraktiva utbildningar lockar forskare och studenter från hela världen. Med ny kunskap och nya perspektiv bidrar Göteborgs universitet till en bättre framtid.

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.

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg and Kristineberg Marine Research Station. The current positions are placed at the Gothenburg Botanical garden.

Project description 
We at EDGE lab ( seek research assistants for two projects focused on arctic plant ecology.

The first project is about root ecology in the tundra. The objective is to relate properties of the root systems of plant communities to environmental conditions (temperature, water,  nutrients) and ecosystem functions (carbon storage and fluxes, microbial activity).

The second project is about coexistence and pollination in the arctic. The objective is to learn more about how plants in the arctic reproduce, if they are self-pollinating or dependent on pollinators, and in this case if they are pollen-limited. 

Job assignments
The first assistant will be processing soil samples. The job will involve development and application of methods for separating roots from soil, and measurement of root mass and root functional traits in the lab.

The second assistant will help process seed samples from past field work season from a tundra environment in Jämtland, Sweden. The assistant help with processing seeds from a pollination experiment to find out if there is pollen limitation in various plant species.

Eligible to be employed as an assistant researcher is a person with a university degree on a basic or advanced level in biology. 

For the first post, we are seeking a motivated person with experience in processing root samples. Good skills in data entry are necessary. Experience in other types of soil ecology is advantageous. 

For the second assistant position, we are seeking a person with data entry experience. Skills assessing seed vitality are advantageous.

The application should be written in English or Swedish and 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
• A list of qualifications (CV)
• Copy of certificate of exam

The top ranked candidates will be selected for an interview, which might be held in English and could also be performed by phone/Zoom.

Both positions are fixed-term employments for 2 months, 100%, alternatively 4 months, 50 %, starting on agreement. The location is the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. 

For further information regarding the position
For the first post:
Konsta Happonen, postdoctoral researcher
Phone: +358452591889

For the second assistant: 
Wilhelm Osterman, Ph.D student
Phone: +46707567289

Group leader:
Anne Bjorkman, senior lecturer

Henrik Aronsson, Professor and Head of Department
Phone: +46 31 786 48 02

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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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. 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. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date: November 29th, 2021.


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.

Till bemannings- och rekryteringsföretag och till dig som är försäljare: Göteborgs universitet anlitar upphandlad annonsbyrå i samband med rekrytering av personal. Vi undanber oss vänligen men bestämt direktkontakt med bemannings- och rekryteringsföretag samt försäljare av jobbannonser.


  • Arbetsplats: Göteborgs universitet
  • 2 platser
  • 11 dagar - upp till 3 månader
  • Heltid
  • Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön
  • Publicerat: 9 november 2021
  • Ansök senast: 29 november 2021


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Göteborg, 40530

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