Professor in late Holocene/Anthropocene Marine Sedimentology

Ref PAR 2021/82

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The Department of Marine Sciences (DoMS) ( at the University of Gothenburg was formed in 2015 and is Sweden's most complete environment for marine research and education. It is one of only a few such organizations in Europe. DoMS is host to the Centre for Sea and Society ( an entry point to all marine and maritime activities within the University of Gothenburg.

The Gothenburg area is a national hub for management of the sea, including being the location of the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (, hosted by the University of Gothenburg, and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (

DoMS is situated at and has permanent staff at three locations: in Gothenburg as well as at the research stations at Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the coast north of Gothenburg.

DoMS is hiring four university teachers (at the level of Associate Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Professor) - all within the theme of “Marine Global Change”. With a cluster hiring of these four positions, DoMS aims to strengthen its competence in research and education on how global change affects the structure and function of chemical, geological and biological components of the marine environment.

DoMS is a very suitable location to do global change science. DoMS has multidisciplinary strength comprising marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, marine heritage conservation, and physical oceanography; DoMS conducts both broad and cutting-edge research in the Scandinavian coastal ocean and in polar and tropical seas; DoMS runs a broad educational program in marine science; and DoMS has access to (and is the host department for) a unique marine infrastructure including two large and modern research stations (Tjärnö Marine Laboratory and Kristineberg Marine Research Station) enabling easy access to a multitude of marine habitats, and a new 49-m research vessel (Skagerak) allowing open-sea work.

Subject area description

The DoMS seeks to recruit a professor in marine sedimentology. Global change leads to unprecedented changes in the sea influencing the interactions between ocean processes and deposits on the sea-floor. This position has a major focus on marine sedimentology, with roots in classical sedimentology and marine environmental changes taking place during the late Holocene and Anthropocene (a period characterized by a significant human impact). The thematic focus of the position includes studies of sea-floor deposits, their textures, components, sources and transport as well as stratigraphic records and their interpretations. These studies include characterizing spatial and temporal sediment distribution on the shelf and in coastal regions, and using sediment archives to study marine environmental changes driven by natural and anthropogenic causes. The thematic focus of the position illustrates an interplay between sediments and physical, climatic, hydrographic, geochemical and biological processes in the water column and at the sea-floor linking to global change drivers influencing the coastal ocean as a system. Studies of anthropogenic proxies as important markers and indicators of marine environmental change may also be part of this position.

This geology position will strengthen the DoMS’s research profile in global change-driven effects on coastal, shelf and fjord environments from a sedimentological perspective. We are looking for a person with a strong interest in marine sedimentological research with emphasis on global change on the late Holocene-Anthropocene time-scale. The successful candidate should have a proven track record in marine geology and a specialization in one or several of the following areas: sedimentology, stratigraphy, dating, environmental and applied geology, sedimentation processes and basic knowledge in physical oceanography and GIS. Expertise in regional systems, and the ability to apply that expertise to local Swedish/Scandinavian systems, is advantageous.

Job assignments

This position is linked to a larger set of thematic-based positions (biology & chemistry) being advertised under the common theme Global Change. The DoMS envisions that these thematic-based recruitments, as well as existing researchers at the DoMS, will work together to develop a strong research environment within the field of Global Change.

The successful candidate will develop a research programme in her/his chosen research area. The research shall be conducted in projects led and initialized by the candidate, as well as in projects led by other researchers at the department. The candidate is expected to set up a research group in the relevant research area, including attracting external research funding. The candidate´s research plan should demonstrate opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with other marine disciplines in the Department, as well as national and international collaboration.

The successful candidate is expected to be actively involved in teaching within the marine sciences. Teaching is 20-30% of a full-time position, albeit with a reduced teaching allocation (approximately 10%) in the first year of employment. The successful candidate is expected to show genuine interest and competence in teaching, and, together with colleagues, will be expected to assist in developing new teaching material on the theme Global Change. In addition, the position includes supervision of bachelor and master students in their degree projects, as well as doctoral students. Other duties include creating and/or maintaining contacts with the surrounding society and may include serving on committees at the Department, Faculty and/or University levels.

The successful candidate is expected to teach in Swedish within two years from the start of the position. The Department and the University will assist candidates in learning Swedish by providing free University-based Swedish lessons.

If the candidate does not have any previous higher education teacher training, it is expected the candidate undergoes courses in teaching and learning in higher education. The University offers these courses free of charge to staff members. More information can be found at:

Main tasks:

  • Develop and conduct geological or sedimentological research activities exploring global change and its effects on the sea during the late Holocene-Anthropocene time-scale
  • Perform field work using the research vessel Skagerak as well as the marine research stations at Tjärnö and Kristineberg. Skagerak will be equipped with modern coring infrastructure and state-of-the-art hydroacoustic instrumentation including ADCP, MBES, and sub-bottom profiler
  • Teaching on basic courses in geology, marine geology and sedimentology
  • Contribute to developing the geological/sedimentological component of a new marine course on Global Change


The qualifications for academic positions are given in the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition, the ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement.


The assessment of applications will be based on scientific proficiency and on pedagogical merits. Both will be assessed with the same care.

The scientific proficiency is assessed through well-documented scientific competence, including publications in leading international journals, supervision of PhD students, success in attracting external funding from national and international funding agencies, and invitations to conferences and scientific assignments.

The pedagogical merits are assessed through well-documented pedagogical experience, including the ability to plan and perform teaching, develop courses and educational materials, and successfully supervise master and bachelor students.

Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave) are taken into account in the assessment of qualifications, and must be specified in the presentation of credentials and experiences.


Type of employment: Open-ended Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Marine Sciences
First day of employment: As soon as possible.

Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the department, interviews, and trial lectures.

For further information

Regarding the position please, contact professor Per Hall, deputy Head of Department, Tel. +46 (0) 31 786 9062 or +46 (0) 766 22 9062, e-mail:

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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. Together with your application the following should be attached:

  • CV, list of publications, record of received research grants (with amounts).
  • Description of scientific expertise, and no more than 10 scientific publications that you want to refer to and a motivation for choosing these.
  • A research plan (maximum 3 pages) with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position.
  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality.
  • Description of your experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the surrounding community.
  • Other documents that you wish to be considered.

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. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in two copies to:

Faculty Office for Science Attn: Linda Forsberg University of Gothenburg Box 460

S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 6th of June, 2021

Additional information

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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.

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.

posted: 11 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.