Senior Lecturer in Late Holocene Marine Geology University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences Sweden

Senior Lecturer in Late Holocene Marine Geology


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PAR 2018/501
Employment level:
Permanent employment
Department of Marine Sciences
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Senior Lecturer in Late Holocene Marine Geology


The Department of Marine Sciences ( is Sweden's most complete environment for marine research and education and is one of only a few such organizations in Europe. The University of Gothenburg has excellent marine infrastructure facilities including state-of-the-art instrumentation, two large research stations, and a new 49-m research ship that will come into service during 2018 ( The ship will be equipped with modern sediment coring infrastructure and state-of-the-art hydro acoustic instrumentation including ADCP and Multibeam, AUV and sub-bottom profiler. The Department of Marine Sciences, which was formed in 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, marine chemistry and marine conservation. Hence, the Department enjoys excellent conditions for addressing the challenges of the future within marine research and education. The strategy of the Department of Marine Sciences includes developing collaboration between different specialisations within marine sciences and to continue developing the marine infrastructure as a national and international resource for research and teaching. The Department is host to the Centre for Sea and Society (, an entry point to all marine and maritime activities within the University of Gothenburg. The Gothenburg area is a national hub for management of the sea, including being the location of the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (, hosted by the University of Gothenburg, and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (


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


Subject area

Late Holocene Marine Geology


Subject area description

Marine geology includes studies of seafloor geology, which includes the temporal and spatial distribution of sediments on the continental shelf and in coastal areas, and to use these sediments as an environmental archive for natural and anthropogenic processes in the sea. Marine geology includes the relationships between sedimentological, physical, climatic, hydrographic, chemical, geochemical and biological processes in the water mass as well as in the sediments. The subject area also includes applied marine geology, which includes sea floor and sediment mapping, environmental monitoring, and surveying of sea floor structures for engineering purposes. The successful candidate will have a background in late holocene marine geology such that she/he has specialisation in one or more of the following fields: sediment mapping techniques, spatial data analyses, GIS, environmental and applied geology, benthic processes, morphological structures, marine micropaleontology, stratigraphy, isotope geology, and sedimentation processes in addition to a basic knowledge in oceanography.


Job assignments

The candidate is expected to develop a research program in her/his selected research area within late holocene marine geology. The research shall be conducted in independent projects initialised and led by the candidate, as well as contributing to projects led by other researchers at the Department or national and international collaborators. The candidate is expected to form a research group within a relevant research area and attract external research funding.


The candidate is expected to be actively involved in teaching up to 30% of full time within marine sciences and geology. In addition, the position includes supervision of bachelor and master students in their degree projects, as well as doctoral students.


Other duties include creating and maintaining contacts with the surrounding society and may include serving on committees at the University.


 The successful candidate is expected to teach in Swedish within two years. The candidate without university teacher training is also expected to undergo courses in teaching and learning in higher education. The university offers courses in Swedish.



The qualifications for academic positions are given in the Higher Education Ordinance. A doctoral degree in an area relevant for the position is required. In addition, the ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement.



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


In assessing the scientific skill, special attention is paid to the skills of late holocene marine geology, within the research areas specified in the subject description. The scientific proficiency is assessed through well-documented scientific competence, including publications in leading international journals, the ability to attract external research funding, supervision of PhD students. The ability to develop and lead research activities will also be assessed.


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


The overall assessment will include how the candidate’s research plans contribute to the strategy of the department. It will also take into consideration the ability to perform other duties associated with such appointment, collaborate with others and contribute to a positive impact on the general activities of the department.



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


Appointment procedure

The selection process will include evaluation by experts from outside the department, interviews, guest lectures, and/or research seminars. Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave) will be taken into account in the assessment of qualifications and experiences.


For further information:

Regarding the position, please contact professor Henrik Pavia, Head of Department, +46 (0) 31 786 9685 eller +46 (0) 766 22 9685 and Kjell Nordberg, professor in marine geology, +46 (0)31 786 28 61 or +46 (0)704 97 55 88,



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply


In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Together with your application the following should be attached:

  • CV, list of publications, record of received research grants (with amounts).

  • Description of scientific expertise, and no more than 10 scientific publications that you want to refer to and a motivation for choosing these.

  • A research plan (maximum 3 pages) with a description of current and planned research as well as other planned activities relevant to this position.

  • Description of pedagogical expertise, including information about the extent and level of teaching done and evaluations of its quality.

  • Description of your experience of leadership, administration and cooperation with the surrounding community.

  • Other documents that you wish to be considered.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in three copies to:


Faculty Office for Science 
Attn: Jessica Selin 
University of Gothenburg 
Box 460
S-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden


The application is to be written in English.


Closing date: 2018-12-10


Additional information

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


Salary is determined on an individual basis.


Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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