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Postdoc: Modelling Species’ Range Expansions in Marine Environments

Diary id: PAR 2020/216
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Department of Marine Sciences
Apply by: 2020-04-30

The Department of Marine Sciences (http://marine.gu.se/english/) is Sweden’s most complete academic environment for marine research and education, and it is one of few such institutions in Europe. The Department of Marine Sciences, founded 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology, and marine heritage conservation. Thus the department has excellent opportunities to meet future challenges in marine research and education. The Department of Marine Sciences is located with permanent staff in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the Swedish west coast north of Gothenburg.

Subject area

Applied Physics/Theoretical Biology; Evolutionary Biology

Subject area description

Climate change related effects commonly induce changes in species distributions. Under a warmer climate it is expected that species distributions change to fit their optimal temperature range. Climate-induced movement will, in most cases, have demographic consequences, and populations at the front of the expansion wave will have low genetic variation. Earlier models show that at the front of an expanding population genetic diversity is controlled by local population size, migration rate, degree of fragmentation of the expanding population and strength of natural selection. However, many of the assumptions in the existing models are overly simple for most wild species (e.g. haploid species, fully sexual or fully clonal reproduction, non-overlapping generations, symmetric stepping-stone or Gaussian dispersal functions, and, in many cases, homogeneous and temporally stable environments). In the project in which the postdoc will work, we aim to deliver new and adequate modelling tools, with which it will be possible to analyze size, quality and structure of the available habitat (“green infrastructure”) needed to mitigate loss of genetic variation during species movements largely induced by human activities.

Empirical genome-wide genetic data are available for several marine species that recently (8000 years ago) expanded their distributions over the steep salinity gradient shaping the Baltic Sea ecosystem, each species with its current range margin at a specific position along the gradient. This postdoc project aims to address two questions: (i) How did expansion 8000 years ago change the genetic structure and content of the populations today, taking into account the impact of gene flow, habitat structure and reproductive biology of the species? (ii) What will happen with these already marginal populations under the increased stress from climate change (warmer and lower salinity)? First, theoretical models will be constructed and iterated. Second, the models will be parameterized with empirical data for target species, and model results will be validated against the spatial patterns of genetic diversity within and between the populations of the target species. Thereafter the results will be used to try to predict future distributions of these species under different climate scenarios and habitat structure (e.g. availability of marine reserves and “green infrastructure”).

Job assignments

The candidate will join an international team with both theoretical and empirical competences, working on the evolutionary biology of marine species including the genetics of recently expanded species in the Baltic Sea transition zone. The team is based at the Department of Marine Sciences, with permanent working places both at the research station Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, and at the campus in Gothenburg. Intense collaboration has been established with University of Sheffield for many years.

The candidate is expected, in collaboration with the rest of the team, to perform the modelling work on species’ range expansions including development of the mathematical model, implementing it using individual-based spatially-explicit computer simulations, and analyzing model results both numerically and analytically. The work also includes tests of the model by comparing model results with the available empirical data on present species’ distributions and their spatial genetic patterns using standard software and custom scripts, but also using novel scripts specifically developed within the team to ease and improve the model-data comparison. In addition, the candidate is expected to present the results of the analyses in manuscript(s) and at conferences, and communicate the findings at various dissemination activities. The candidate is also expected to take part in other research-related activities at the department, and within the research group in particular.

Eligibility

Qualified for appointment as postdoc is a person who has been awarded a PhD degree in a subject area relevant for the position no longer than 3 years ago. Relevant subject areas for this position are population genetics, theoretical evolutionary biology, mathematics/physics with previous experience from population genetics/theoretical evolutionary biology or equivalent academic disciplines. A candidate with a foreign degree that is judged to be comparable is also eligible.

The candidate should have earlier deep experience with modelling population genetics, including experience with writing his/her own computer simulations in Matlab, and/or C/C++, and/or Mathematica (or equivalent), and/or experience with statistical analyses of genetic data in a population or evolutionary context. Experience with SLiM is considered an advantage.

Assessment

Scientific proficiency will be the primary criteria for the assessment of merits.

The scientific proficiency is assessed with a focus on the candidate’s capacity and earlier experience of working in the field of theoretical population genetics.

The assessment is based primarily on scientific publications and on participation in international conferences and workshops. The successful candidate will be chosen based on an overall assessment of proficiency and potential within the subject area, the potential and ability to independently carry out the duties of the position, and the abilities to communicate and cooperate with others.

Employment

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 24 months
Extent: 100%
Location: Department of Marine Sciences in Gothenburg
First day of employment: As agreed

For further information about the position

Please contact Assistant Professor Dr Marina Rafajlović (marina.rafajlovic@marine.gu.se), Professor Kerstin Johannesson (kerstin.johannesson@gu.se), or Professor Roger Butlin (r.k.butlin@sheffield.ac.uk).                          

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

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, and submit the following documents:

  • Personal letter
  • CV, including a complete list of publications, and record of received research grants (with amounts).
  • Copies of maximum 5 accepted publications (including bioRxiv manuscript but not unsubmitted manuscripts).
  • Description of scientific expertise, and a brief description of the applicant’s contributions to the scientific publications listed in the CV.
  • Description of other merits, for example, boards of trust, outreach activities.
  • Other documents that the applicant wish to be considered.
  • Names of 2-3 reference persons.

It is the responsibility of the candidate 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.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2020-04-30

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.

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Post expires on Thursday April 30th, 2020

Post-doctor in Environmental Economics

Diary id: PAR 2020/215
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Department of Economics
Apply by: 2020-04-30

With around 3 700 full-time equivalent students, 500 employees and 160 international partner universities, the main subjects of economics and law, and its four departments, the School of Business, Economics and Law offers a unique range. The School also provides unique collaborations with industry and the public sector. The School of Business, Economics and Law is EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accredited, making it the only business school in Sweden with Triple Crown accreditation.

The Department of Economics belong to the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg and has around 100 employees from several countries. The teaching within the department is economics and statistics and has around 800 students registered at courses and programs. A diversity of researchers are located at the department where several of them are internationally well known economists. The conducting research is within a broad range of areas, including labor, health, environmental, development, behavioral, and financial economics. More information about the department is available at www.economics.gu.se.

Applications are welcome for a two-year post-doctoral position in Environmental Economics, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. The Environmental Economics Unit is an exciting and dynamic research group with a large number of projects on environment and natural resources. The focus of our work is on policy instrument design or valuation. We work closely with behavioral, experimental and development economics.

Job assignments

The position involves mainly research. The research is on environmental economics, with a focus on empirical evaluation of biodiversity offsets. In particular, the candidate is expected to collect and analyze data from existing datasets to identify key determinants of the performance of biodiversity offsets programs around the world. The position is funded by the research program BECC on climate change – particularly forestry and land use (http://www.becc.lu.se/). The candidate is expected to contribute to the research within BECC and to participate in research meetings, seminars and conferences. We expect candidates to aim at publishing in leading or highly ranked journals.

There will be funds available for travel and shorter visits to other universities, as well as support for conducting empirical studies, but the candidate should also aim at developing external research grants.

Qualifications

Qualifications to the employment as Post-doctor are given in the Employment Procedure for teachers (Anställningsordning för lärare) at University of Gothenburg (reference number V 2018/1161).
Applicants should hold a recent PhD in economics. Candidates who hold a PhD degree not older than 3 years counting from last date of application should foremost be considered for the employment.

Previous research in empirical evaluation of environmental policies in biodiversity, machine learning and computational linguistics is highly valuable. The applicant who, in the overall assessment of skills and potential, is deemed to be best suited to carry out the identified job assignments will be selected for the position. Research potential will be our key selection criterion, with a particular emphasis on the degree of progression and forward-looking aspects of the research. The applicants’ skills in collaborating internally, externally and in an interdisciplinary context will be given weight. International education and experience is also valuable.

The candidate must master English in speech and writing.

Employment

A position as Post-doctor aims to give new holders of the doctorate the opportunity to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency.

The employment as Post-doctor is a temporary employment during 2 years with an extent of 100 %, located at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Starting date is September 2020.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact:
Senior Lecturer Jessica Coria, +46 31 786 4867, Jessica.Coria@economics.gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

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.

Please attach the following in the application:
– Resumé/CV and personal details
– Educational certificates and/or diplomas
– A declaration of intent on a maximum of two pages in which the applicant explains how he/she intends to work if he/she is offered the position.
– Research activities, with a brief written account of the applicant’s own academic research activities
– One relevant and recently produced paper (job market paper).
– Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Jessica.Coria@economics.gu.se by the referees. Please mark the letters with reference number PAR 2020/215

Additional material might be requested.

Closing date: 2020-04-30

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.

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Post expires on Thursday April 30th, 2020

Postdoc in European Research (1-2 positions)

Diary id: PAR 2020/287
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Faculty of Social Sciences
Apply by: 2020-05-04

The Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg (CERGU) is a multidisciplinary centre supported by the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Business, Economics and Law. The position consists of a unique double affiliation with the multidisciplinary centre combined with employment and office located at a relevant department within one of the three faculties: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Business, Economics and Law.

CERGU was established in 1995, and the centre’s network-based structure allows our scholars to combine disciplinary depth with multidisciplinary insights on European issues (see www.cergu.gu.se). CERGU’s mission is to promote multidisciplinary research on Europe and serve as a knowledge hub stimulating multidisciplinary and policy-relevant debate on European challenges. CERGU has a strong emphasis on ‘talent development’ of young researchers. We offer a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere and provide an opportunity for early career scholars to pursue their own multidisciplinary research project in European research, in line with CERGU research themes, for two years.

Subject Area
European Research

Subject Area description
CERGU has four thematic areas of research:

Cultural Borders
Mobility & Migration in Europe
Institutions, Parties & Movements
External Relations, Security & Trade

These themes are described in more detail on the CERGU website. We encourage potential applicants to describe in their application the extent to which their proposed project and merits may benefit from, and contribute to, the CERGU environment and our thematic areas of research.

Job Assignments
Postdoctoral researchers will be expected to engage in a multidisciplinary research environment with the overall ambition to pursue high quality research with the potential to have a significant impact on European research. We will expect the postdocs to contribute to the research environment while independently conducting their own proposed research. In addition, the postdocs will be expected to organise a small conference or workshop during their employment, and to present their research at international conferences. The vast majority of the work should take place in Gothenburg in order to also actively participate in CERGU activities, such as weekly breakfast meeting, regular working seminars, international conferences, guest seminars and public events.

Normally the postdoc positions are combined of 80 % research and up to 20% teaching, however, the teaching assignment must first be agreed upon with the relevant university department. Many of the researchers affiliated with CERGU also carry out parts of their teaching within the educational programs of European Studies (Centre for European Studies, CES), as well as at their relevant departments.

Eligibility
A doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg. Since the postdoc position is designed to give new PhDs the opportunity to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, priority will be given to those whose doctoral degree was granted within 3 years of the application closing date. Applicants must not have previously been employed as a postdoc at the University of Gothenburg.

Assessment
In assessing candidates, particular attention will be given to scientific proficiency. Both the project description (research plan) and previous research merits of relevance to the proposed project (CV) will be considered. The proposed research project must have a clear European dimension in relation to CERGU’s research themes, be of high scientific relevance, and be possible to complete within two years. The research plan should also include information on dissemination strategies. The assessment will consider how the proposed project may benefit from, and contribute to, the CERGU environment and our thematic areas of research.

Employment
The employment is 80% of full time, for two years, at a department suitable to the project and academic background, from 1st of January 2021, or as agreed upon. The positions are normally combined with additional teaching, 20 % of full time, but this must be agreed upon with the relevant department.

For further information:
Klas Grinell, Director, +46 (0)31 786 5482, klas.grinell@lir.gu.se, Birgitta Jännebring, Research Coordinator, +46 (0)31 7864286, birgitta.jannebring@cergu.gu.se, or Thomas Erhag, Chair of the Steering Group: thomas.erhag@law.gu.se.

Unions
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you must create an account in the 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 system.

CERGU’s Steering Group will make the final decision about appointments in consultation with the relevant departments, based on assessments made by a working committee, the steering group members and potential external reviewers. A list of top candidates will be selected by mid-June, interviews will be conducted in mid-August and successful candidates will be notified by the end of August.

The online Application (in English) should include:

– A letter explaining the applicant’s reasons for applying to CERGU and the connection to one (or more) of CERGU’s thematic areas of research and potential relevant department
– An abstract of the research plan, max 150 words (including project title)
– The research plan (max 10.000 characters, including list of references)
– CV
– The dissertation and other relevant publications (max 3 additional publications)

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Post expires on Monday May 4th, 2020

PhD student in Formal Methods, LegalTech

Diary id: PAR 2020/234
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Computer Science and Engineering
Apply by: 2020-04-15

The department of Computer Science and Engineering is strongly international, with approximately 270 employees from over 30 countries. The department is a fully integrated department with the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology as principals. The position is placed in the Formal Methods Division at the department, with the University of Gothenburg as the employer.

Job assignments

Third-cycle studies are equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration. Before a PhD degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post.

The candidate will work on the project “X-LEGAL: Smart Legal Contracts” financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR) which aims at legal automation, by integrating two notions of “contracts”: legal contracts, i.e., legally binding normative documents establishing mutual agreements between competent and freely participating parties, and “smart contracts”, computer programs executed in the blockchain.

More concretely, we will define a structured restricted version of English (a “controlled natural language” – CNL) in order to express unambiguous legal contracts understandable by non-technical persons. The CNL will be readable and have legal value while at the same time being amenable to queries by the involved parties, and to translation into a (modelling) and programming language. The latter will be a smart contract language, which will be compiled into the blockchain as to be executed. Both the CNL as well as our smart contract language will have reasoning systems in order to make queries and prove properties to increase confidence in their correctness (both from the contractual as well as from the operational point of view).

Eligibility

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and, where applicable, specific entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

Assessment

In selecting between applicants who meet the general and, where applicable specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account.

Employment

After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University. 

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, HF 5 kap 7 §
Extent: 100 % of full time
Location: Department of Computer Science and Engineering /Division of Formal Methods
First day of employment: 2020-09-01 or as soon as possible upon agreement. 

For further information regarding the position

Regarding the position please contact Gerardo Schneider (e-mail: gersch@chalmers.se)
Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact HR-partner anna.skanse@chalmers.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

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 application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2020-04-15

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

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.

Read the job description at the university homepage

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Post expires on Wednesday April 15th, 2020

Doctoral student in Applied Mathematics

Diary id: PAR 2020/152
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Department of Mathematical Sciences
Apply by: 2020-03-06

At the Division of Applied Mathematics and Statistics we conduct research at a high international level in areas such as Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, Computational mathematics, Optimization, Mathematical statistics, Kinetic theory. More information about our research groups is available on the website http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/math/research/research-groups/

The Department of Mathematical science has an international environment with frequent exchanges with other universities around the world. The department provides a friendly, creative, and supportive atmosphere with a steady flow of international guests. At the division there are many committed teachers with extensive and broad experience of all aspects of higher education. Together with the Divisions of Algebra and Geometry and Analysis and Probability we form the academic part of the department of Mathematical Sciences, which is a joint department of Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, and one of the largest in mathematics in the Nordic countries with a faculty core of about 80. More information about us is available on the website , http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/math/. Our department continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all our activities. We work actively to be a parent-friendly organization.

The announced PhD position, which is located at the Division of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, is supervised by Professor Larisa Beilina and partially funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council.

Job assignments

The research project is performed in an international and highly collaborative multidisciplinary environment. One of the main purposes of the project is the development of a non-local numerical method for solving the coefficient inverse problem for Maxwell’s equations with the goal of reconstructing the spatially distributed dielectric permittivity and the conductivity functions from scattered boundary measurements of the electrical field. Furthermore the developed methods are implemented in the software package WavES (www.waves24.com).

The work is highly interdisciplinary with close collaboration with a number of research and experimental groups in areas of applied mathematics and computational electromagnetics including Aix-Marseille University and Fresnel Institute, Marseille.

You will work in a highly dynamic research environment at the interface between mathematics and computational electromagnetics. Mathematical analysis and computational experiments will be closely integrated into most of the work.

The successful candidate will contribute to the development of an adaptive finite element method in parallel infrastructure for the solution of the direct and Coefficient Inverse Problems (CIPs) for time-dependent Maxwell equations in C++/PETSc. The main focus in the project will be on development of new versions of domain decomposition finite element/finite difference methods implemented in the existing software package WavES (www.waves24.com) for the specific problem of this project. You are expected to independently develop new ideas and drive collaborations with experimentalists.

The project will offer you training in a wide range of front-line computational methods for solution of electromagnetic coefficient inverse problems. Together with the course programme at the research school in applied mathematics this training will prepare you for a range of academic as well private and public sector carrier opportunities. Postgraduate education consists in four years of full-time studies and leads to a PhD.

The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time postgraduate education and may be extended after institutional service by a maximum of 20% in accordance with HF 5, section 5, section 7, doctoral student employment.

Eligibility

Applicants for the position should hold a Master degree in Computer Science, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent, awarded by an internationally recognized university-level institution, or hold a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or expect to complete that degree by the start of the employment.

The candidate should have understanding of the theory of ill-posed problems with theoretical and computational skills, should be familiar with the theory and applications of numerical analysis and mathematical physics, PDEs. It is preferable if the candidate will have experience in object-oriented programming in C++/PETSc using MPI.

Candidates should have excellent communications skills, strong self-organizing skills and ability to work within an interdisciplinary setting. Fluency in English is expected.

Assessment

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

Employment

A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The employment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies but could be prolonged if departmental duties has been carried out for maximum 20%.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years full time
Extent: 100 %
First day of employment: August 15, 2020

University applies a local salary agreement of graduate students.

For further information regarding the position

Annika Lang, Head of Unit, +46 31 772 5356, annika.lang@chalmers.se

Professor Larisa Beilina, +46 31 772 3567, larisa.beilina@chalmers.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

Submit the following documents:

  • Application letter (max 2 pages) where you introduce yourself and clearly relate your background and interests to the the solution of coefficient inverse problems
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Electronic copies of your master and bachelor transcripts
  • Names of at least two reference persons

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: March 6, 2020

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

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.

Read the job description at the university homepage

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Post expires on Friday March 6th, 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher, one or several, in Computational linguistics

Diary id: PAR 2019/1592
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Dept of Philosophy, Linguistics & Theory of Sci.
Apply by: 2020-04-30

The successful applicant will be employed by the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of science (FloV). The department was founded in 2009, and offers teaching and research in theoretical and practical philosophy, linguistics, and theory of science. The department also hosts several big research programs, including The Gothenburg Responsibility Project, CLASP, and Representation & Reality.

Subject area

Computational linguistics 

Subject area description

The Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP) is based in FLoV at the University of Gothenburg, and is funded by a 10 year grant from the Swedish Research Council (2015-2025). CLASP is devoted to research and advanced training in the application of probabilistic modeling and machine learning methods to core issues in linguistic theory and cognition. It also addresses topics in dialogue and linguistic interaction. For a description of CLASP see clasp.gu.se

Job assignments

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to conduct research in CLASP’s core areas of research in cooperation with the research group. More specifically, people in CLASP are currently conducting research in linguistics and computational linguistics using ideas from the following research areas:

  • Type Theory (or logics) and probability
  • Machine Learning including Deep Learning and Neural Networks
  • Theorem Proving and Bayesian Reasoning 
  • Formal Models of Dialogue and Linguistic Interaction
  • Combining logical and Machine Learning/Deep Learning approaches
  • Models combining language and perception

Apart from research, duties may include mentoring graduate students, course design, and/or teaching-related activities; such supplementary duties will not exceed 20% of the position’s responsibilities. 

The holder of the position is expected to carry out the vast majority of her/his research in Gothenburg and to actively participate in the research group’s workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Eligibility

A doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as a post doctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg. The doctoral thesis should be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated here. Since the post doctoral researcher position is designed to give new PhDs the opportunity to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, priority will be given to those whose doctoral degree was granted within 3 years of the application closing date. Due to parental leave, sick leave or military duty, this period can be extended. Eligibility criteria are described in the Gothenburg University’s Appointments procedure for teachers. https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/digitalAssets/1711/1711729_ansta–llningsordning-fo–r-la–rare-vid-go–teborgs-universitet—2019-01-01—v-2018-1161.pdf

Assessment

Scientific proficiency is the most important criterion for assessment, and special attention will be given to the applicant’s PhD thesis and other publications, and to her/his research plan. Priority will be given to applicants whose research plan and prior work strengthen the research group and the project overall. Documented good interpersonal skills, good skills in terms of planning and organizing research, and good skills in communicating research results is also meritorious. 

The recruitment process may include interviews (possibly by video link) and contacting references.

For more general assessment criteria, cf. the Gothenburg University’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers.

Employment

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years 

Extent: 100% 

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg 

First day of employment: By agreement 

For further information:

Shalom Lappin, professor, +46(0)31-786 5019, shalom.lappin@gu.se

Fredrik Engström, Head of Department, +46(0)31-786 6335, fredrik.engstrom@gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

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. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: University of Gothenburg, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, SWEDEN. Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.
For more information, please the instructions for Qualifications Portfolio at the Faculty of Arts:

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The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2020-04-30

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.

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Post expires on Thursday April 30th, 2020

Doctoral position in artificial intelligence and political language with the GRIPES project

Diary id: PAR 2019/1471
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Dept of Philosophy, Linguistics & Theory of Sci.
Apply by: 2020-04-15

The University of Gothenburg announces a new doctoral position in the GRIPES project (Gothenburg Research Initiative for Politically Emergent Systems), recently funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg (MMW) Foundation. GRIPES is an interdisciplinary project whose purpose is to investigate the role of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence in promoting a form of manipulative political messaging called the “dogwhistle”.

Dogwhistles are political messages that are optimized to be understood with their original intent by some groups in the population but not others – a dogwhistle is “defeated” if everyone understands it. Dogwhistles are used to propagate publicly “unacceptable” opinions, such as racist or anti-scientific viewpoints, and deliver messaging advantages to the political factions that are using them.

The current state of AI technology and isolated scandals (e.g., the Cambridge Analytica affair) suggests that well-resourced private and state actors may be doing this kind of optimization behind closed doors using large computational resources. GRIPES seeks to understand the limits of these technologies and develop tools in the public interest to make the role of AI in political messaging more transparent.

The University of Gothenburg conducts leading research in computational linguistics, theoretical linguistics, journalism, media and opinion research through multiple units across faculties. GRIPES is hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science (FLoV) at the University is closely associated with the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP). It also has participation from the Society-Opinion-Media (SOM) Institute and the Department of Journalism, Media, and Communication (JMG). GRIPES is also part of the WASP-HS program, the humanities and social sciences section of the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program.

This PhD position is part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and Society (WASP-HS). WASP-HS aims to realize excellent research and develop competence on the consequences and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems for the individual person and society. This 10-year program is initiated and generously funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW) with 660 million SEK. In addition to this, the program receives support from collaborating industry and from participating universities.

WASP-HS includes an extensive national graduate school with up to 70 doctoral students, the creation of least ten new research groups across Sweden, support for twelve visiting professors to strengthen Swedish research and networking activities, and a number of research projects. For more information about the research and other activities conducted within WASP-HS, please visit http://wasp-hs.org/.

The WASP-HS graduate school provides foundations, perspectives, and state-of-the-art knowledge in the different disciplines taught by leading researchers in the field. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD students, researchers and practitioners in the field. It thus provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with societal relevance.

Subject area

Linguistics or computational linguistics or journalism, media and communication

Specific subject description

The application of techniques from computational linguistics, machine learning, theoretical linguistics, journalism, and/or opinion research for the creation of tools and resources to understand the properties of dog whistles, their political and social effects, their spread, their individual and group behavioral effects, their cognitive implications, all in terms of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and agent-based simulation.

Job assignments

This position involves different duties based on the background of the candidate. The winning candidate will enter either the Ph.D. programs in linguistics or computational linguistics at FLoV or the journalism, media, and communication program at JMG. 

We will fund one well-qualified and highly motivated candidate to work on establishing tools (e.g., software), techniques (e.g., algorithms, formal approaches), and/or data resources (e.g., experimental evidence, data collected from media and opinion research) for grounding simulations of the development of dog whistle communication and its effects on individuals (e.g., persons, organizations) and populations (e.g., identity/interest groups, electorates). We plan for this work to be done overall in an agent-based simulation paradigm, where the goal is to iteratively ground highly abstract simulations in increasingly concrete representations of political situations where dog whistle communication may be deployed.

There are many potential “angles of attack” for this work, to be discussed based on the interests and skills of the winning candidate. By way of example, this includes but is not limited to:

  • data collection using survey, experiment and interview techniques, particularly in the context of the SOM Institute’s LORE opinion research framework.
  • development of the agent-based simulation environment using techniques such as    reinforcement learning and generative adversarial networks.
  • use of natural language processing (NLP) techniques to detect patterns in news corpora reflecting patterns identified in a simulation environment.
  • integrating game-theoretic approaches into formal representations of dogwhistle use.
     

This work will be done in the context of the GRIPES project and in a highly collaborative environment with other researchers from FLoV, JMG, and allied departments and research groups. It counts as a merit if the candidate as a background or accomplishments in any of the related areas: linguistics (construed broadly; e.g., sociolinguistics, theoretical/formal linguistics), computational linguistics (including machine learning/statistical approaches), and journalism, media, and communication studies. Additional weight will be given to education or work experience in data science, machine learning, natural language processing, agent-based simulation, or advanced statistical analysis methods in any of the GRIPES-related fields (linguistics, computational linguistics, or journalism, media, and communications studies).  

The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral dissertation in the areas mentioned above, and to complete obligatory course work. He or she may also undertake a limited amount of teaching, administration, or research not directly connected to his or her dissertation topic. Such duties extend the position accordingly.

The candidate is expected to participate in GRIPES and WASP-HS project activities and courses as well as their home department’s activities. The working language of the GRIPES project is English. There will be funds available for travel as well as computational resources and support for conducting experiments, as relevant. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements under Chapter 7, Section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance if he or she:

  1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 higher education credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements

The winning candidate will be admitted into third-cycle programs in either computational linguistics, linguistics, or journalism, media, and communications, depending on qualifications and interests. The admissions criteria for the relevant program will apply.

Admission requirements to the relevant programs are given in the following web links to the general doctoral syllabi:

Assessment

According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programs and on the Department’s supervisory resources. We will base this assessment primarily on the following:

  1. Theses, degree projects and any publications. These are assessed based on the following quality criteria, of which the final two have the heaviest weighting: Suitable subject definition, relevant questioning, suitable command of the subject and structuring of the thesis, suitable use of language, formalities, academic quality, and independence.
  2. A project plan of at most 4 pages excluding references in 11pt font in which the applicant stipulates a research domain that he/she would like to develop, justifies its relevance and discusses which theories, methods and materials would be relevant. The project draft is assessed on the basis of the following criteria: whether the research displays familiarity with previous and current research, whether the research questions are viable and grounded in current research, whether the draft is judged to be realistic, as regards its implementation at third-cycle level and whether the draft shows that it is likely the applicant will make a valuable contribution to research in the field. The project draft also provides supporting information for assessing the Department’s supervisor competence within the research domain stipulated.
  3. Other documents such as letters of recommendation.

Admission and selection are also conditional on the Department’s supervisory resources within the doctoral student’s research focus. Admission may also include an interview in addition to a review of qualifications submitted. Admission decisions are made by the Head of Department following preparation at the Department.

Employment

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science or Department of Journalism, Media, and Communication, Gothenburg

First day of employment: 2020-08-15

For further information please contact:

Asad Sayeed, project leader, asad.sayeed@gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

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.

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent in two copies to the following address and marked with reference number. University of Gothenburg, Att: HR Administrator, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.

Applications should be written in English. For the application to be considered complete it must include:

  1. An introductory letter of 1.000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages), preferably shorter. The letter should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a short presentation of yourself, b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a short presentation of the intended research project and d) a short account for why the GRIPES project is of interest to you.
  2. A CV, including a list of publications (if applicable).
  3. Theses, degree projects and any publications. These are assessed based on the following five quality criteria, of which the final two have the heaviest weighting: Suitable subject definition, relevant questioning, suitable command of the subject and structuring of the thesis, suitable use of language, formalities, academic quality, and independence.
  4. A project plan of at most 4 pages excluding references in 11pt font in which the applicant stipulates a research domain that he/she would like to develop, justifies its relevance and discusses which theories, methods and materials would be relevant. The project draft is assessed on the basis of the following criteria: whether the research displays familiarity with previous and current research, whether the research questions are viable and grounded in current research, whether the draft is judged to be realistic, as regards its implementation at third-cycle level and whether the draft shows that it is likely the applicant will make a valuable contribution to research in the field. The project draft also provides supporting information for assessing the Department’s supervisor competence within the research domain stipulated.
  5. A short list of 2-3 academic or employment references (optional).

Closing date: 2020-04-15

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. 

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

Post expires on Wednesday April 15th, 2020

PhD student in marine chemical ecology

Diary id: PAR 2019/1511
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Department of Marine Sciences
Apply by: 2020-01-31

Institutionen för Marina Vetenskaper, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Göteborgs Universitet, har nyligen bildats (1 juli 2015) i syfte att uppnå visionen om “Ett universitet med marin forskning, undervisning och samarbete med omgivande samhälle av högsta internationella klass”. Institutionen har ca 110 anställda – forskare, lärare, doktorander, tekniker och administratörer. Institutionen bedriver undervisning och forskning inom olika marina inriktningar såsom biologi, oceanografi, kemi, maringeologi, kulturvård och miljövetenskap. Forskningen bedrivs både inom specialiserade individuella projekt samt inom större tvärvetenskapliga program. Institutionen finns i Göteborg och vid universitetets forskningsstationer på Tjärnö och Kristineberg. Den aktuella tjänsten är förlagd till Göteborg. Mer information om Institutionen för Marina Vetenskaper finns på www.marine.gu.se.

Project description                                  

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student in marine chemical ecology. Chemical sensing is the key sensory modality in the ocean but we still know very little about it in marine plankton. What compounds are the signals? How can they be recognized and interpreted? How do they transmit between organisms? How do organisms and ecosystems respond? This project is centred around novel chemical alarm-signals between marine plankton, a group of lipids discovered in our lab named copepodamides. Phytoplankton sense copepodamides and respond with defensive traits such as toxin production, altered swimming behaviour, increased bioluminescence. The project will be tuned to the interest and background of the successful candidate. You could e.g. focus on the chemical aspects (structure elucidation of hereto unknown signalling molecules, field measurements etc), the biological (the effect of copepodamide signalling in cells, between organisms, and on the ecosystem level), or the physical (how do signalling molecules spread at the turbulent microscale?). Irrespectively, you are likely to work with different zooplankton and phytoplankton organisms and be involved in fieldwork on marine stations and research ships. You will also have access to a fully equipped chemical ecology lab including culture facilities and GC/LC-MS instruments.

Experience with motion analysis, image analysis, analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, scientific writing, plankton ecology, social skills, and programming are meriting. The successful applicant will be self-motivated, solution oriented, curious and passionate about science. You should have a relevant exam in biology, chemistry, physics, or equivalent. We are a transdisciplinary group and welcome applicants from biology, chemistry and physics. The project is 50% funded by the Swedish research council (VR), and 50% departmental funded which allows for some more degrees of freedom than fully externally funded projects. Interested? Check out our homepage http://pelagial.se/, and feel free to contact us for further information.

Key references:

Prevett, A., Lindström, J., Xu, J., Karlson, B., & Selander, E. (2019). Grazer-induced bioluminescence gives dinoflagellates a competitive edge. Current Biology, 29(12), R564-R565.

Selander, E., Berglund, E., Engström, P., Berggren, F., Eklund, J., Harðardóttir, S., . . . Andersson, M. (2019). Copepods drive large-scale trait-mediated effects in marine plankton. Science Advances, 5(2), eaat5096.

Heuschele, J., & Selander, E. (2014). The chemical ecology of copepods. Journal of Plankton Research, 36(4), 895-913.

Selander, E., Jakobsen, H. H., Lombard, F., & Kiørboe, T. (2011). Grazer cues induce stealth behavior in marine dinoflagellates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(10), 4030-4034.

Assignments

As a PhD student at the department of Marine Sciences you will:

  • Design, perform, and analyse experiments in plankton ecology.
  • Dissiminate results in peer reviewed journals and elsewhere.
  • Write a thesis
  • Teaching may be included

Background

You should have an exam in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or equivalent.

Meriting skills

Experience from any of the following is meriting: Plankton ecology, analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, image analysis, motion analysis, fluid dynamics, programming (e.g. matlab or R), scientific writing, field work in the marine environment.

Övrigt – text nedan hamnar i högerspalt på webb-sidan.

Kontaktuppgifter för anställningen

Erik Selander,

Tel.nr. 031 7862627     

Employment: 4 years, 100%     

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Post expires on Friday January 31st, 2020