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Postdoctoral position (2 years) in spatial ecology – Impact of ants on Arctic ecosystems

Institutionen för ekologi, miljö och geovetenskap

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before 2022-01-31

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

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Sweden invites applicants for a 2-year postdoctoral position in spatial ecology focused on the impact of ants in Arctic treeline ecosystems. The objective is to quantify with soil and vegetation data combined with unoccupied aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery how ants influence carbon dynamics. The position is on fulltime and is expected to start 1 April, 2022 or according to agreement. The closing date is January 31, 2022.

Project description and working tasks
A warming climate is rapidly changing Arctic ecosystems, increasing ecosystem productivity and risks to release large amounts of soil organic carbon (C). In most biomes, soil organic C is to a large extent controlled by detritivores such as ants (Formicidae). Ants are limited in their latitudinal range by cold temperatures in Arctic ecosystems, but climate change is likely to remove such limitations. The implications for C dynamics remain unstudied and provide a fascinating research question that we want to address using field sampling, UAV data and species distribution modeling. Ants substantially alter soil conditions, drive C and nitrogen (N) mineralization, alter CO2 fluxes, and strongly impact vegetation communities. Our preliminary studies show that UAV imagery can map ant mounds and reveal increased ecosystem productivity in proximity of ant mounds. This post-doctoral project aims to quantify the impact of ants on soils and vegetation in Arctic ecosystems and to understand the relevance of this process for ecosystem C dynamics.

The specific objectives of the post-doctoral project are to:

(1) Quantify the effect of ants on ecosystem C dynamics in Arctic landscapes.

(2) Map ant distribution using UAV and satellite data, and generate species distribution models.

(3) Combine the information to scale the effects of ants on vegetation, ecosystem C dynamics to landscape scale.

The post-doctoral researcher is expected to conduct fieldwork in summer 2022 and 2023, collect data such as flux measurements, soil sampling and vegetation analysis in our main study area in Abisko, northern Sweden and write scientific articles of the results. The analysis of existing and newly collected UAV data will be part of the tasks and one of the goals is to develop species distribution models.  Existing data and samples collected during previous years will also be available. The project also offers the opportunity to work with a number of international collaborators.

Qualifications
A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate qualifies for employment as a postdoctoral fellow. 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. Postdoctoral fellows who are to teach or supervise must have taken relevant courses in teaching and learning in higher education.

Successful candidates must have a PhD in ecology, geography, geoscience, environmental science, or a related field. We seek a creative and motivated person with a strong work ethic and good oral and written communication skills in English. You should be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others. Prior experience with boreal/tundra/treeline ecosystems, ants, detritivores, flux measurements, remote sensing/UAV data and species distribution modeling will all be viewed as merits. The project can be adjusted to the expertise and interest of the candidate. Candidates from a large range of scientific backgrounds will be considered.

Application
A full application should include:

  • A personal cover letter including a description over why you are interested in this position and how you can contribute to the research project (max two pages).
  • CV including list of publications (can include submitted manuscripts; describe your contribution to each).
  • A copy of your PhD thesis and relevant publications (max five).
  • A certified copy of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates.
  • Other documents you wish to claim.

The application should be written in English (preferred) or Swedish. The application is made through our electronic recruitment system on January 31, 2022 at the latest. Documents sent electronically must be in Word or PDF format.

Contact
Any additional questions about the project or application should be directed to
Matthias Siewert, Associate Professor (matthias.siewert@umu.se).

 The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science carries out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department has about 150 employees, about 20 of who are post-docs. At Umeå University, you will experience an attractive and creative academic and research environment that is characterised by excellence, innovation, openness and diversity. More information can be found under: https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/

Admission

2022-04-01 or according to agreement

Contact

Matthias Siewert, universitetslektor

090-786 72 78

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-2014-21

Salary

Monthly salary

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before 2022-01-31

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 mandag januar 31st, 2022

PhD In Environmental Science – Effects of behavior modifying contaminants

Institutionen för ekologi, miljö och geovetenskap

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before 2022-02-01

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

Are you interested in animal behavior and how it might be affected by human pollution? Are you interested in being an active part in the development of the next generation of sound-based monitoring tools? Then you should apply for this four yearlong PhD-position in Umeå. During the doctoral education you will study how common contaminants may affect invertebrates in soil and water. You will be part of a supportive environment with creative researchers from different scientific backgrounds that all shares an interest for finding out to what extent emerging contaminants might affect terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Admission requirements

The recruitment procedure for the position is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance. Prerequisites include 240 ECTS credits (Swe. högskolepoäng) of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level), or equivalent competence.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in Environmental Science the applicant should have approved courses in subject relevant for this subject of at least 120 ECTS credits (2 years). At least one course at second-cycle level in a subject that is central to the doctoral student’s planned specialisation shall have been completed, as well an independent piece of work (degree project) with relevant specialization of at least 15 credits.The requirements should be met at the time of acceptance to doctoral studies.

The candidate should have an academic background in Ecotoxicology, Ecology, Engineering or from similar fields. For this position, we are looking for a creative person that can find it stimulating to working interdisciplinary.

Experience with working with animal behavior is considered as a merit. In similar, experience with acoustic methods is also considered a merit.

Terms for the employment

The employment is expected to result in a doctoral degree and the main assignment for the doctoral student is thus to be part of the research education, which includes participation in the described research project but also to take relevant courses. Teaching and other departmental work (up to a maximum of 20%) can be included. The employment is limited to four years at full time or up to five years if teaching and other departmental work is performed. The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for doctoral students.

Application

You apply through our recruitment system on February 1st, 2022 at the latest. The application shall be written in English or Swedish.

The application should include

1. A short (max 2 pages) description of why you are interested in the position

2. CV

3. Certified copy of certificates from higher education

4. List of completed university courses and the grades

5. Copy of publications/degree thesis

Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format.

Contact

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Professor Jonatan Klaminder, Jonatan.klaminder@umu.se

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG) is both a research and teaching department situated within the Umeå University campus. The department has approximately 120 staff members, of which 24 are PhD students. For more information, visit https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-ecology-and-environmental-science/about-the-department/ 

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1800-21

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before 2022-02-01

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 tirsdag februar 1st, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Institutionen för strålningsvetenskaper

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before 2022-02-15

  • 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 diagnostic radiology, oncology, cognitive neuro-science, radiation physics and bio-medical engineering. The department belongs to the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University.

The Department of Radiation Sciences welcome applications for postdoctoral studies in Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The position is for two years full-time, starting April 1 2022 or by agreement.

Project description

The aim of the project is to develop and evaluate new methods for reduction and estimation of uncertainties in quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with applications to radiotherapy.

Quantitative MRI is commonly used in the diagnosis and follow up of cancer and enables comparison of values for tissue properties both within and between patients. Furthermore, in contrast to conventional imaging which often only enables subjective interpretation of the image contrast, quantitative techniques allow interpretation of the intensity in the images. For example, one can obtain cell density from diffusion imaging and blood vessel fractions from dynamic contrast enhanced MRI. A common downside with quantitative MRI is that the obtained values often are associated with large, and often unknown uncertainties. This reduces the clinical value since small changes are hard to interpret, in particular when the uncertainty is not known.

The expected outcome of the project are methods that are practically applicable for reducing and estimating the uncertainties in quantitative MRI used in radiotherapy.

Work assignments

Your role in the project will be in both development and evaluation of new analysis methods for primarily dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) MRI and diffusion MRI with the focus on reduced and accurately estimated uncertainties. To achieve this, you will work in a cross-disciplinary environment where you will bring knowledge in applying state-of-the-art methods in statistics and machine learning. Depending on your interests and profile, there is also the possibility to do work in image acquisition sequence development with the same aim of reduced uncertainties. You will be given the opportunity to develop independent research ideas, within the scope of the project. 

Eligibility

Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is a person who has completed a doctoral degree, or a foreign degree that is considered comparable to a doctoral degree, in medical physics, physics, statistics, computer science, mathematics or a similar subject. This eligibility requirement must be met at the latest at the time when the employment decision is made.

A very good command of written and spoken English is required. Previous experience of image processing and programming is also required.

Other qualifications required

Since employment as a postdoctoral fellow constitutes a merit-based employment for junior researchers, we primarily target those who have a doctoral degree that is not older than three years from the last application date. 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, clinical service, positions of trust within trade unions or other similar circumstances as well as service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

Experience from working with MRI, sequence development, medical imaging, machine learning and Bayesian methods are all major merit.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist who is quick to learn and has a demonstrated ability to work productively both independently and in a multidisciplinary team.

More about the position

The employment is a fixed-term employment full-time for two years in accordance with the term of the agreement on fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral fellow form 1 February 2022.

For examples of research from the group, please visit our website: https://www.umu.se/personal/anders-garpebring/

Application

The application should contain:

  • A brief description of your research interests and why you are interested in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publication list
  • Copies of PhD and other academic degrees
  • 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 February 15, 2022.

Other information

Further information about the employment is provided by Anders Garpebring, anders.garpebring@umu.se

More about us

For more information about the Department of Radiation Sciences, please visit our website

https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-radiation-sciences/

We look forward to receiving your application!

Admission

1 april eller enligt överenskommelse

Contact

Anders Garpebring

090-7853891

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1934-21

Salary

Månadslön

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before2022-02-15

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 tirsdag februar 15th, 2022

Postdoc positions in Political Science, focusing on political parties and governments

Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

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before 2022-02-28

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

The Department of Political Science offers postdoc positions focusing on political parties and governments. The positions will be placed at the Department of Political Science at Umeå University. Starting date June 1 2022 or by agreement.

The employment

The position is a full-time employment on a fixed term of two years and includes own research. Teaching and supervision at the undergraduate/advanced level can amount to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

You will be placed at the Department of Political Science in Umeå and are expected to contribute to the research environment at the department and within the infrastructure project Representative Democracy (REPDEM).

REPDEM is part of the larger research infrastructure DEMSCORE. Earlier, related research projects and data collected can be found on the website erdda.org.

The postdoctoral research fellow will conduct their own research within the scope of the REPDEM project’s main themes – political parties, government formation, coalition governance and/or government stability – in collaboration with other researchers in the team. More specifically, (s)he will collect and code data, provide analyses, data management and publish original research within the project. The postdoctoral research fellow is expected to be an active and collaborative participant in the research environment.

The planned research within the project must be described in a research plan (see below under Application).

As a postdoctoral research fellow you will also be part of one of the Department’s five broader research groups: Representative Democracy – institutions and political parties in Sweden, Europe and the EU. Read more about the research group here. For more information about the research at the department, see here and for teaching assignments, see here.

Eligibility

Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral researcher is a person who has completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree considered comparable to a doctoral degree. The degree must be completed no later than by the time of the appointment decision.

For this position, applicants must have a doctoral degree in political science or equivalent scientific competence that is considered relevant in relation to the research project.

Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the end of the application closing date. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered for the position if special circumstances exist. Special reasons refer to leave due to illness, parental leave, clinical service, positions of trust within trade unions or other similar circumstances, as well as service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

A requirement is proficiency in spoken and written English, good knowledge in written and spoken Swedish is a merit.

Assessment criteria

The most important assessment basis is the researchers’ scientific skills and the research described in the research plan. The contribution to the project is also seen as an important assessment criteria.

Ability to conduct independent research and to participate in national and/or international research collaborations are also important qualifications.

Teaching can be included as part of the employment and documented experience of teaching, on undergraduate and advanced levels, as well as completed pedagogical education are therefore a merit. However, because conducting independent research is the main responsibility of a postdoctoral researcher, research qualifications outweigh pedagogical and educational competence in the assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.

Other assessment criteria include good collaborative skills, as well as competence and suitability in general that is needed to fulfill the tasks well.

Application

The application must contain:

  • A cover letter, summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests and your motives for applying for the job (maximum two pages)
  • CV / curriculum vitae
  • A critical reflection on your own previously conducted research (max 1000 words)
  • Maximum 3 scientific publications
  • Certified copies of grades and diplomas
  • Research plan (maximum 2500 words including references) that describes the research you plan to conduct within the framework of the employment
  • Any other merits of relevance for the position (optional)
  • If you plan to complete your doctoral degree after deadline for applying, please upload information about the planned examination and expected examination date

Apply via our recruitment system Varbi. The deadline for applying is February 28, 2022.

Further information is provided project managers Torbjörn Bergman, torbjorn.bergman@umu.se 090-786 76 17 and Johan Hellström, johan.hellstrom@umu.se 090-786 78 91, Head of Department Magnus Blomgren, magnus.blomgren@umu.se or Malin Eklund Wimelius, malin.wimelius@umu.se.

About the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Umeå University has just over 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/

We look forward to receiving your application!

Admission

2022-06-01

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1851-21

Salary

Monthly salary

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2022-02-28

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 mandag februar 28th, 2022

Ph.D. Student position in Chemistry with focus on Molecular Geochemistry

Kemiska institutionen

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before 2022-02-28

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

We are looking for you who has a master’s degree in chemistry, or geochemistry, or equivalent qualifications, and particular fascination and skill sets for advancing knowledge of molecular-level processes involving inorganic geomaterials. Application deadline is February 28, 2022.

Tasks

This Ph.D. project is on the chemistry of nanometric water and ice films on minerals, and is funded by the Swedish Research Council. You will explore the rich photo- and electrochemistry hosted in these unique solvation environments using spectroscopic and possibly computational modelling techniques available at Umeå University. You will also integrate the Molecular Geochemistry research environment of the Department of Chemistry, and work with various analytical platforms of the Chemical and Biological Center.


Qualifications

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level you are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in chemistry, you are required to have completed first-cycle courses of at least 90 ECTS credits within the field of chemistry or another subject considered to be directly relevant to the specialization in question. Of those 90 ECTS credits, at least 15 ECTS credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level within the specialization or an equivalent subject.

You are interested in geochemistry and inorganic chemistry, and have demonstrated abilities at thinking at the molecular level. You must have at least 15 ECTS credits in inorganic (geo)chemistry, mineralogy, aquatic (geo)chemistry, environmental (geo)chemistry, or the equivalent at an advanced level. Good oral and written proficiency in English are required.

Practical experience in vibrational spectroscopy, inorganic synthesis and advanced data evaluation (MATLAB, R, Python) are considered valuable assets. Experience in electrochemistry and molecular modelling (molecular dynamics or ab initio methods) are not mandatory but will be viewed favorably.

You are a logical thinker, thorough at work, and able to work independently. You have the ability to work both independently and in collaboration in groups, and take all initiatives needed to enjoy and pursue a 4-year degree.


Terms of employment

The appointment aims at a PhD degree and the main task of the PhD student is to pursue their doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects as well as 40 ECTS in postgraduate courses. In the assignments, teaching and other departmental work (up to a maximum of 20%) can be included. The employment is limited to four years full-time, and can be extended up to a fifth year to compensate for part-time teaching. The salary is determined according to the established salary levels by the University. The candidate’s physical workplace will be in Umeå, and will begin no later than September 1rst, 2022.


Application

The application must contain the following items in English or in Swedish:

  • Curriculum vitae of a maximum of two A.
  • Cover letter of a maximum of one A4 stating why you are interested in the position.
  • Certified copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses and obtained grades.
  • Names and contact information for at least two reference persons.

You must apply through our e-recruitment system. Log in and apply using the link at the bottom of the page. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Jean-François Boily, e-mail: jean-francois.boily@.umu.se, web: http://moleculargeo.chem.umu.se/boily/


About us

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology with approximately 200 employees, of which approximately 40 graduate students, and a strong and expanding research. The Department has three major research areas: Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, and Technical Chemistry. We are active in three of the priority research areas of the Faculty of Science and Technology and are a strong partner in the KBC, Chemical- Biological Center. Information about the postgraduate education can be found on the Faculty of Science and Technology website: http://www.teknat.umu.se/english/doctoral-studies/. For more information about working at Umeå University: https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, who was employed at Umeå University when the CRISPR-Cas9 method was developed.

Contact

Jean-Francois Boily

090-786 52 70

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1966-21

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before2022-02-28

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 mandag februar 28th, 2022

Postdoc in Molecular Medicine

Avdelningen för medicin

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before 2022-02-28

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

The Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine is now looking for a postdoctoral fellow. The position is full time and for a period of two years, starting as soon as possible or by appointment.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project aims to unravel underlying mechanisms of type 2 diabetes development and remission. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been considered a permanent disease that deteriorates over time. There is now ample evidence to support that T2D remission is possible and associated with ability to reduce lipids accumulated in organs (ectopic fats), such as pancreas, liver and skeletal muscle. But the mechanism remains unknown. This project focus on lipid mechanisms that links to altered insulin sensitivity and secretion, which are central to both type 2 diabetes development and remission. The project involves comprehensive metabolomics and lipidomics as well as target analyses of lipid pathways and functional analyses of cells and tissues from human and animal models.

This postdoctoral position includes planning and evaluation of experimental research work in collaboration with other researchers linked to this project. You will also be responsible for writing and presenting obtained research data in publications and at scientific conferences and meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible for the position you should have a PhD, or equivalent, in biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry, or related discipline. 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. 

We are looking for  candidates with experience in mass spectrometry-based analyses of small molecules, e.g., metabolomics and lipidomics. General knowledge in protein chemistry and biochemistry are required. It is important that you re able to work in a team as well as independently. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required.

Please submit your application in English, combined in one pdf file:

1. A cover letter including your past achievements and research interests

2. A curriculum vitae including publication list and the contact information of two references

For more information, please contact Dr Elin Chorell, elin.chorell@umu.se

SELECTION CRITERIA

In particular, applicants who have completed a doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline are considered. In special circumstances, an earlier doctoral degree may be considered. Special circumstances refer to leave due to illness, parental leave or clinical service, trust assignments within trade union organizations or similar.

Contact

Elin Chorell, forskningsledare

elin.chorell@umu.se

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1947-21

Union representative

SACO

090-786 53 65

SEKO

090-786 52 96

ST

090-786 54 31

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before 2022-02-28

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 mandag februar 28th, 2022