Post-doc Scholarship (2 years) studying Microbial Transformations of Pollutants in Marine Environments

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This project will be implemented in a creative research environment including scientists from the fields of ecology and chemistry within the Chemical Biological Centre ( The scholarship is linked to the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science ( and the Department of Chemistry (, departments carrying out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science, physical geography, and chemistry.

We are looking for an outstanding post-doc fellow to participate in research on the microbial transformation of pollutants in marine environments (the Baltic Sea). The occurrence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a wide variety of environments has been well documented, as has their toxicity. However, the detailed understanding of the transformation of environmental pollutants (both abiotic and, especially, biotic) is currently lacking.
Furthermore, the few studies that do exist seem to suggest that metabolite compounds, formed via biotic transformations, are often more water soluble and highly toxic. The Baltic Sea is a large and brackish water inland Sea with a long water retention time and numerous gradients (e.g. DOC, salinity, temperature). Due to these factors, the Baltic Sea is highly susceptible to the effects of climate change, and to the accumulation of pollutants within water, sediments and food webs. To study such effects, we aim to use a variety of environmental sampling techniques, laboratory methods and analytical techniques to address the following questions: I) Which are the metabolites formed and what are their toxicities?; II) Which are the microorganisms responsible for pollutant metabolism?; and III) How do these metabolites respond to predicted climate change scenarios? The successful applicant will carry out research within a diverse team of microbiologists, ecologists and environmental chemists within the Ecochange research project ( The fellowship will be financed through a personal stipend from the Kempe foundations.

To be eligible for the post-doc scholarship you should have a PhD degree or equivalent and priority will be given to candidates who are less than 3 years outside of their PhD. The successful candidate is expected to have a background in either environmental chemistry or microbiology, and must show an aptitude for environmental sampling, laboratory activities, and data analysis.

Applicants should submit, electronically or in hardcopy form:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • A description of previous research achievements and why you are interested in the scholarship
  • A publication list
  • Copies of relevant articles (maximum 5)
  • A list of 3 referee persons (with contact details)

All documents submitted in hard-copy form should be in two copies, and all electronically submitted material should be in MS Word or PDF format.

For further information, please contact Assistant Professor Owen Rowe ( or Professor Peter Haglund (

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 223-2317-12 should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive November 12, 2012 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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