The position will be associated with the project How does bottom trawling affect seafloor integrity, water quality and protected areas in the Baltic Sea? Benthic sediments and their associated fauna may be severely disturbed by bottom trawling and suspended sediment can increase turbidity and be transported by currents into other less disturbed areas. However, these processes have not been quantified in the Baltic Sea, despite this information being essential in the effective planning of MPAs, ecosystem-based sustainable fisheries management and assessment of seafloor integrity and ecological status of benthic ecosystems in the Baltic. The three year project is a collaboration between ecologists, geologists, geochemists, fisheries scientists, ecotoxicologists and modellers.
The position involves research into how sediment biogeochemical properties, processes and fluxes might be altered by bottom trawling. The project will involve both fieldwork and lab experiments.
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills and scientific proficiency. In particular, experience of using a range of methodological approaches to quantify benthic biogeochemical processes is essential, as is experience of working at sea. Applications will be assessed based on the CV and supporting material, and interviews for those selected for the shortlist.