Mid Sweden University

Postdoctoral researcher in microbial ecology/environmental biotechnology

2024-06-24 (Europe/Stockholm)
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Department of Natural Science, Design and Sustainable Development

The department is located on both Campus Östersund and Campus Sundsvall, where we educate and conduct research within the department's subjects with a focus on sustainable development.


The EcoChemistry Group is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the research projects Fiber2Comp and Char-CC. The projects aim to improve co-composting techniques to remediate heavily polluted sediments and integrate biochar for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. The final goal is to transform organic wastes into valuable resources while contributing to climate change mitigation and pollution fight actions. 

The postdoctoral candidate will focus on understanding how operational factors impact the microbiome driving these processes, through the use of analytical chemistry and molecular biology methods. The aim is to explore how this knowledge can aid in increasing the degradation of target pollutants and mitigating emissions. 


The person who is to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow must be eligible according to the requirements described in Mittuniversitet's employment regulations

Applicants with a PhD degree in environmental biotechnology, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and other related disciplines are welcomed. A solid academic background and proficient experience in microbial ecology and the use of state-of-the-art molecular biology tools are required. 

Assessment grounds 

Expertise in molecular biology methods (rRNA sequencing analyses, metagenomic approaches, quantitative PCR, etc.) used in microbial ecology research. 

Ability to use analytical chemistry methods for the analysis of target pollutants in environmental matrices. Ability to design and operate bench-scale bioreactors. Experience in studying the functioning of microbial communities or microbiomes. Ability for independent data analyses and manuscript writing. Track record of subject-related primary contributions to peer-reviewed publications.

Personal Characteristics

We seek enthusiastic colleagues with strong social competencies and communication skills to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and multicultural research group. We expect our new colleagues to be flexible and capable of working effectively on diverse tasks, while being creative and highly proactive. 

Other assessment grounds

Good English communication and writing skills are required. Ability in the use of statistical analyses/bioinformatic tools will be highly pondered. 

The employment is prepared in accordance with Mittuniversitet's employment regulations.

Employment and access

The employment covers 100 % under two years starting on agreement but no later than 01-10-2024. 

The terms of employment are regulated in an agreement on limited-term employment as a postdoctoral fellow.

Place of employment: Sundsvall, Sweden. 


More detailed information is provided by the Head of Department, Madelen Olofsson (madelen.oloffson@miun.se), as well as by project leader, Gabriela Paladino (gabriela.paladino@miun.se). 


Application documents must be in Swedish or English. 
The application must contain: 

a) A cover letter, with a brief but clear overview of the applicant's scientific qualifications and the alignment with the job description. 

b) A reference list of subject-related peer-reviewed publications, scientific conference contributions or other communications. 

c) Contact information of at least two reference persons. 

d) A curriculum vitae with general educational background, scientific skills and working experience. 

e) Certified copies of relevant grades and diplomas. 

Welcome with your application via our recruitment system by 24-06-2024 at the latest. 

Mid Sweden University has two campuses; in Sundsvall and in Östersund, both located close to students, colleagues and the surrounding society. At the same time, it is located conveniently close to the sea, forests and mountains, which provides a great quality of life. Here, new knowledge is created by means of internationally successful research and education that contribute to the development of our society. This way, we actively contribute to a sustainable future and a better world.

Welcome to a university where people meet, get inspired and think in new ways. 

Mid Sweden University works actively for equal opportunities and strives to embrace the qualities that diversity and equality bring to the organization. Prior to any recruitment work, Mid Sweden University has taken a position on consulting support, recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore kindly ask media vendors, recruitment sites and the like not to contact us.

First day of employment Starting on agreement but no later than 01-10-2024 

Salary The salary is determined individually 

Full-time equivalent 100% 

City Sundsvall 

County Västernorrlands län 

Country Sweden 

Reference number MIUN 2024/1406 

Union representative

  • Per Bergman, Fackförbundet ST, 010-1428371
  • Börje Norlin, Saco, 010-1428594

Last application date 24.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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Postdoctoral researcher in microbial ecology/environmental biotechnology
Holmgatan 10 Sundsvall, Sweden
Application deadline
2024-06-24 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-06-24 23:59 (CET)
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