Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology / Department of Environmental and Life Sciences

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The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology has an opening for a project assistant in biology, emphasis aquatic ecology. The project will specifically focus on “Expanding the river rehabilitation toolbox: dam removal and fish-friendly turbines”, funded by the KK-foundation and Karlstad University.

The River Ecology and Management Research Group (RivEM), a research environment within the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences at Karlstad University, conducts both basic and applied research in and along rivers and lakes and their surrounding landscapes. The group is interested in the sustainable use of natural resources in watersheds, working for solutions to environmental problems that benefit both society and nature. Areas of research addressed by RivEM include river connectivity and the effects of hydropower, aquatic-terrestrial interactions and habitats, winter ecology under global climate change, endangered species, conservation biology and social-ecological research relating to river regulation and recreational fishing (www.kau.se/biology/research; http://www.nrrv.se). Within many of these topics, research is conducted in collaboration with stakeholders from industry, administrative agencies, interest organizations and landowners. RivEM was selected as a ‘Strong Research Environment’ by Karlstad University, and has received directed funding to further develop the research profile. This project assistant position is part of the strategy to develop the group, focusing on one of the core interests of the research group.


Duties involve fieldwork, laboratory work, fish experiments, data analysis and compilation in collaboration with other group members. The project assistant is expected to contribute independently to articles and reports.

Qualification requirements

Eligibility requires good knowledge of ecology in regulated streams, experimental design, sampling methods in streams, fish experiments, statistics, data analysis and the ability to use the statistical software R for these analyses. In addition, a doctor's degree in ecology is required and the applicant is expected to have a good command of English and a demonstrated ability to write scientific articles. A driver’s license is a requirement.

Assessment criteria

We are seeking a motivated person with experience in the fields of fish and river ecology. In the selection process, special weight is given to experience of the above mentioned methods, where the analysis “time-to-event” is of particular relevance for the project. Considerable weight is given to knowledge of population genetics and isotope analyses. We highly value interpersonal skills, such as the ability to establish good relations with others and the ability to take initiative, facilitating rapid integration into the research team.

Terms of employment

The position is a fixed-term employment 75-100% for 12 months, with possible extension. The starting date is 1 January 2020 or by agreement. Duties require some travelling and fieldwork.

Contact persons

Olle Calles, Associate professor, project leader, olle.calles@kau.se +46 54 700 1454

Liselotte Englund, head of department, liselotte.englund@kau.se, +46 54 700 1988


is submitted via the University´s recruitment tool Varbi and should include an application letter, CV, copies of degree diplomas and certificates, and documented description of qualifications in relation to the duties and requirements of the position.

Last day of application: 15 November 2019

We look forward to your application!

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 1:e januari, 2020
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 75-100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2019/220
  • Olle Calles, +46 (0)70 177 1144
  • Liselotte Englund, prefekt, +46 (0)54 700 1454
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
Published 22.Oct.2019
Last application date 15.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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