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Postdoctoral Fellow(2yr)formation of methylmercury in contaminated sediment

Kemiska institutionen

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before 2021-08-13

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

The Department of Chemistry is hiring a postdoc for a research project on the formation of methylmercury in contaminated sediments. The employment is full-time for two years with start as soon as possible, or by agreement.

Project description and working tasks
You will study processes for the formation of methylmercury in contaminated sediments with focus on how chemical speciation of Hg and molecular composition on organic matter control this process.

Mercury poses serious threats to ecosystems and human health, primarily through the formation and spread of methylmercury in aquatic ecosystems. To improve this situation, the contributions from contaminated sediments to the total mercury load on ecosystems must be carefully evaluated and effective measures taken. Today, there are uncertainties about the risks of mercury-contaminated sediments due to insufficient understanding of the factors that control the formation and spread of methylmercury. There is a great need for improved risk assessments that include these processes.

The project will include field sampling of sediment and water, and potentially biota. You will characterize the chemical speciation of Hg with synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy and the molecular composition on organic matter with mass spectrometry and study in laboratory experiments how the formation of methylmercury is controlled by these factors. The project aims to generate practically applicable tools for improved risk assessments of contaminated sediments through focused fundamental research of biogeochemical processes.

Within the project, you will carry out the experimental research work, which you plan and evaluate in collaboration with the project’s other researchers. You will also be responsible for writing scientific publications and presentations of results at seminars / conferences. Together with the project’s other researchers, you will be responsible for contacts and discussions with government officials about the project’s design and results. Teaching may be included in the employment of a maximum of 20% and in that case, the employment is extended by the corresponding time.

The postdoctoral project is funded by grants from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in a call for research projects on risks with and, or spread of hazardous substances from contaminated sediments. Within the same project we will hire one more postdoc who will focus on the development of methodology based on stable isotope measurements to track the spread of methylmercury from contaminated sediments to surrounding sediment, water and biota. The two postdocs will work in close collaboration within their projects which will be carried out within an international team with researchers in analytical chemistry and biogeochemistry at Umeå University (Prof. Erik Björn; https://www.umu.se/en/staff/erik-bjorn/), SLU, Umeå (Prof. Ulf Skyllberg; https://www.slu.se/en/ew-cv/ulf-skyllberg/), and CNRS/Pau Univeristy, France (Prof. David Amouroux; https://iprem.univ-pau.fr/fr/iprem/membres/cv_-damourou-fr.html). A reference group will be linked to the project and consist of representatives from government agencies (eg County Administrative Boards) and environmental consulting and industrial companies, which further broadens your network within the project.

Qualifications
Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is a person who has completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree in biogeochemistry or an equivalent subject area with a focus on mercury biogeochemistry. In the first instance, it should be considered as having completed a degree no more than three years before the end of the application period. If there are special reasons, it may be considered as having completed a doctoral degree earlier. Special reasons refer to leave due to illness, parental leave or clinical service, positions of trust within trade unions or other similar circumstances. Postdoctoral fellows who are to teach or supervise must have relevant higher education pedagogical education.

You have experience of and an interest in experimental research. A very good knowledge in written and spoken English is required. You should have a good ability to take initiative and collaborate and be flexible to changes within the project. In your work, you should have a focus on high quality and a good ability to solve problems analytically.

Experience of field sampling, work with sediments or soils, synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy (eg EXAFS), experiments with enriched isotope tracers, molecular characterization of natural organic matter with MS techniques and ICPMS techniques are meritorious.

Application
A complete application must contain

  • Personal letter of a maximum of two A4 pages describing your qualifications, research interests, why you are applying for the position and how your research experiences fit with the announced position,
  • CV and list of publications,
  • Certified copy of doctoral certificate,
  • Certified copies of other diplomas, academic course certificates and / or grades,
  • If possible, electronic link to doctoral thesis and a maximum of 5 relevant publications,
  • Contact details for two reference persons,
  • Other documents that you want to invoke.

The application must be written in English or Swedish. The application is submitted through our electronic recruitment system. Documents sent electronically must be in Word or PDF format. Log in to the system and apply via the button at the end of this page. Last day to apply is Friday 13th of August 2021.

Further information is provided by Prof. Erik Björn, erik.bjorn@umu.se.

Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is the largest department within the Faculty of Science and Technology and has about 200 employees, of which about 40 are postdocs and with a strong and expanding research. 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 Centre. You will work in a research environment that offers a strong focus and depth in biogeochemistry, but also a wide range of expertise and research infrastructure within the KBC environment.

Admission

As soon as possible or by agreement

Contact

Erik Björn

090-786 51 89

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-792-21

Salary

Monthly

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2021-08-13

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Friday August 13th, 2021

Post doctor position(2 years)developing membrane for harvesting blue energy

Kemiska institutionen

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before 2021-07-31

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

The Department of Chemistry offers a postdoctoral position in the field of Technical Chemistry that will mainly work on developing and testing membranes for harvesting blue energy based on Swedish natural and artificial water resources. The postdoctoral project includes the theoretical estimation of extractable energy, testing and characterizing the commercial membranes, synthesizing polymers, characterizing new membranes, and applying the prepared membranes for blue energy production. Last day to apply is July 31th 2021.

Project description
Our research group is focused on the design and synthesis of artificial membranes for gas separation, energy storage, and production. Currently, we focuses on designing and synthesizing new polymeric membranes for harvesting blue energy. In collaboration with Professor Frank Lipnizki research group at Lund University, we are going to develop a robust system for harvesting blue energy based on Swedish natural and artificial resources. The project is interdisciplinary, and the postdoctoral candidate will have the opportunity to plan and develop routes to synthesize novel membranes. The research involves the theoretical calculations for estimating the extractable energy, design, synthesis, and testing of new membranes, characterizing the membrane, and applying the prepared membrane in a lab scale unit. 

Working tasks
The postdoctoral project includes the theoretical estimation of extractable energy, designing, synthesizing, characterizing new polymeric membranes, and testing them in a lab-scale setup to produce the blue energy. Furthermore, commercial membranes from several companies need to be evaluated. The promising membranes will be tested in the pilot-scale setup that we are planning to build at Lund University for this purpose. As a postdoc, you will contribute with your knowledge to the research group, summarize the research and present your progress at group meetings. The employment is full-time for a period of two years, starting at a date decided in agreement between the two parties.

Qualifications
The required qualification is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent in chemistry in the field of polymer chemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances. These must be clearly stated in the application.

You must have good knowledge of polymer chemistry, thermodynamic, membrane fabrication, membrane characterization, and application in energy production. As well as a documented good ability to conduct research and present it in writing in the form of scientific publications in expert-reviewed journals. You must be able to independently develop multistage syntheses and solve challenging synthetic problems in order to efficiently design, produce and characterize new membranes.

A desire to conduct research in a multidisciplinary project and in an environment that promotes collaboration between people with different skills, as well as excellent oral and written knowledge of English is required. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate. It is important that you are creative and have the ability and interest to co-operate with other team members.

Application
The application must be written in English or Swedish and contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter that describes qualifications, research interests, and motivation for application. Please specify how your previous experience fits with the advertised employment (maximum 2 pages).
  • A curriculum vitae, including a publication list.
  • A certified copy of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates and grades.
  • Name and contact information of at least three reference persons.
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to claim.

Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than July 31th, 2021.

For further information, please contact D.Eng. Naser Tavajohi, tfn: +4690-786 60 61 or e-mail: naser.tavajohi@umu.se.

Information about the department
Department of Chemistry is the largest department in the Faculty of Science and Technology, with approximately 200 employees, including about 40 doctoral students, and with a strong and expanding research. Three major areas of research; Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry, represents the research and chemistry education of our department. We are also a strong partner in KBC, The Chemical-Biological Centre. For more information about working at Umeå University: www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/.

Admission

By agreement

Contact

Naser Tavajohi

090-7865000

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-781-21

Salary

Monthly

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2021-07-31

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Saturday July 31st, 2021

Postdoc in eHealth with application within physiotherapy

Avdelningen för fysioterapi

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before 2021-08-25

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

We are currently looking for a postdoc focusing on a project on digital fall prevention for older adults. The employment refers to full-time for two years. Admission as soon as possible or by agreement.

Project description

As a postdoctoral fellow you will work in a project where we evaluate new digital methods to provide support for older people to get started with and maintain fall prevention exercises. In the research group, we have together with older adults developed the app Safe Step, which is now being evaluated in a national randomized controlled study with more than 1,600 participants over the age of 70 years.

Working tasks

You will be part of a team of senior and junior researchers with an interdisciplinary focus. Together with the research group, you will primarily work with analysis, writing articles and dissemination of results from the ongoing study. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are used in the project. You will also be involved in the further development of digital exercise support for older people’s training, which includes contact with future users and other researchers / developers.

Qualifications

Candidates must hold a University degree equivalent to a European University PhD in Physiotherapy or of other relevant subjects. Candidates with a PhD degree less than three years old will be considered first. We are looking for a candidate with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. It is an advantage to have experiences related to the focus of the project, such as experience of both quantitative and qualitative methods, knowledge of behaviour change theories, experience of working with older people and in design of digital media and development of eHealth tools. 

How to apply

You apply via our e-recruitment system which you can reach via the application button below. When the application is received, you will receive a confirmation email.

The application shall include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A short description (max one A4 page) of why you are interested in the position and how you can contribute to the project.
  • List of publication and copies of for the position relevant papers (max 5)
  • Copies of diplomas of relevant documents (e.g. PhD Exam).
  • Contact information for two reference persons.

Further information is provided by Marlene Sandlund, 090-786 95 30, marlene.sandlund@umu.se.

Welcome with your application!

Admission

upon agreement

Contact

Marlene Sandlund, assistant professor

marlene.sandlund@umu.se

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-844-21

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2021-08-25

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Sunday July 25th, 2021

Ph.D position in Political Science, focusing on Environment and natural resource politics

Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

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before 2021-08-13

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100 %
  • Umeå

The Department of Political Science wants to strengthen the research group with a doctoral student in political science with a focus on Environment and natural resource politics. Starting date October 1, 2021 or by agreement.

The announcement is within the framework of one of the department’s five research profiles. This position is within the research profile Environment and natural resource politics. For more information, see https://www.umu.se/en/research/groups/environment-and-natural-resource-politics/

We are happy to see applicants with a research plan that is linked to the research and teaching conducted within this research profile. For information about the profile and the department’s other research profiles, see https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-political-science/research/and teaching assignments https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-political-science/education/

The employment

A position as a doctoral student in the doctoral program amounts to four years of full-time studies (240 higher education credits). A Ph.D. student can also participate in teaching or other departmental activities up to 20% of the time. In such cases, the employment is extended corresponding to this time, at most by a year.

Further information about the department’s doctoral education in political science, including its general study plan, is available at: https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-political-science/education/doctoral-studies/

The doctoral student employment is financed by the Department of Political Science. The student will work in Umeå and the teaching takes place on the campus area. Active participation in the department’s activities and involvement in the activities is expected.

Eligibility

To possess basic eligibility, the applicant should hold an advanced degree, have completed studies equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of at least 60 credits at an advanced level and at least 90 credits within Political Science. Persons who in some other manner, in Sweden or abroad, have acquired skills that are equivalent to this requirement can ask to be considered eligible

Requirements

Your competence is assessed on the basis of suitability for the doctoral program.
 
The selection of eligible applicants will be based on:
• ability to assimilate the education
• previous academic study results
• the quality of the submitted research plan, in relation to the focus of the advertised doctoral position
 
The following assessment criteria are considered, examining the ability to assimilate the education:
• analytical ability
• communicative ability, written and oral
• critical ability
• independence
• performance within given time frames
 
Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written communication in English.
 
Application

You apply via our recruitment system Varbi.
 
A complete application must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max two pages)
  • Research proposal of 3-5 pages with a discussion of possible problems, purpose, theory and empirical data
  • CV / curriculum vitae
  • copies of grades and diplomas
  • at least one (but not more than three) essays / degree projects (C- and master’s / master’s thesis), written in English or Swedish
  • contact information for one or more reference persons, alternatively a maximum of two reference letters
  • any other merits of relevance for the position

Umeå University will offer a salary according to the current salary order for doctoral studies. The entry level is currently 28,400 SEK per month. According to the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 12, Section 2), the decision on employment cannot be appealed.

About the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Umeå University has about 70 employees. The department conducts undergraduate education and research in political science and peace and conflict studies. For more information, see https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-political-science/.

Formalities for the application are stated in this advertisement, but any questions can also be asked via e-mail Postgraduate programme coordinator Torbjörn Bergman at torbjorn.bergman@umu.se or head of department Magnus Blomgren at magnus.blomgren@umu.se.
 
The deadline for applying is 2021-08-13. 
 
We look forward to your application!
 

Admission

2021-10-01

Contact

Torbjörn Bergman, torbjorn.bergman@umu.se

Magnus Blomgren, magnus.blomgren@umu.se

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-206-21

Salary

Monthly salary

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

ST

090-786 54 31

SEKO

090-786 52 96

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before 2021-08-13

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Friday August 13th, 2021

Postdoc in Cognitive Neuroscience

Institutionen för strålningsvetenskaper

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before 2021-08-13

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • 100%
  • Umeå

The Department of Radiation Sciences is, in terms of research, a dynamic and internationally successful environment in the fields of diagnostic radiology, oncology, cognitive neuroscience, radiation physics and bio-medical engineering. The department belongs to the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University.

We are currently looking for a postdoc focusing on a project on high-intensity training among older people. The project is performed within Umeå Center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI) and is a collaborative project between Department of Radiation sciences and Department of Community medicine and Rehabilitation. The position is placed in Umeå and is full time for two years. Start date October 1, or by agreement.

Description

The announced position is a part of the Umeå HIT Study, an interdisciplinary study. The first phase of the study was a randomized controlled study to determine the feasibility and effects of a novel concept of supramaximal High-Intensity Training on muscle, brain, cardiovascular, and psychological function among physically inactive older people. All data for this first phase is collected. The second phase will be focusing on implementing the training method in real life setting, in collaboration with seniors, training facilities, and senior organizations. We are looking for a candidate with an interest in both analyzing existing structural and functional MRI data as well as working on the second phase, the implementation of the training program.

Qualification requirements

Candidates must hold a University degree equivalent to a European University PhD in Medical Sciences, cognitive neuroscience, psychology or of other relevant subjects. Candidates with a PhD degree less than three years old will be considered first. In normal case the doctorate exam should have been acquired within three years prior the last day for application to this position unless special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice or appointments of trust in trade union organizations.

We are looking for a candidate with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team of junior and senior researchers from various disciplines. The appointment includes planning and performance of research within the project, mainly data collection, analyzing and reporting of results. It is desirable with clinical and/or research experiences in neuropsychological testing.

Other desirable requirements

Experiences of MR data analyses is considered an additional qualification. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are desirable. Also, excellent verbal and written Swedish communication skills are a merit, since interaction with participants in the study will be included in the work.   

How to apply

The application shall include the following documents:

  • A short description (max one A4 page) of why you are interested in the position and how you can contribute to the project.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) including list of publications.
  • Copies of diplomas of relevant documents (e.g. PhD Exam).
  • Contact information for two reference persons.

The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be completed using our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 2021-08-13. When the application is received, you will receive a confirmation email.

For further information, please contact Professor Carl-Johan Boraxbekk, cj.boraxbekk@umu.se

We look forward to receiving your application!

Admission

1 oktober eller enligt översenskommelse

Contact

Carl-Johan Boraxbekk

090-786 62 12

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-769-21

Salary

Månadslön

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2021-08-13

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

Post expires on Friday August 13th, 2021