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The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science carries out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department has about 160 employees, about 20 of whom are post-docs. For more information, visit

Project description
We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow (2 years) for a research project examining restoration of streams after timber-floating. The aim of the project is to predict how the result of stream restoration in terms of biodiversity varies within a catchment or landscape and which geomorphological and biological factors can explain this variation. The project is led by Professor Christer Nilsson, whose research interests include landscape ecology, riparian ecology, and stream restoration, and Dr. Lina Polvi Sjöberg, who specializes in fluvial geomorphology and ecological-geomorphic feedbacks. Possible research focuses are how potential geomorphic complexity and landscape-scale controls affect restoration success and how regional land use or plant colonist sources dispersed by air or water determine restoration success. Based on our research results, we will develop a framework for predicting the result of restoration projects within a catchment.

The appointment is full time for two years starting in March 2017 or according to agreement.

To be eligible for this position, you will have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree in ecology, physical geography, or similar field. To be eligible you should have completed your doctoral degree a maximum of three years before the end of the application period. Previous research on stream ecosystems is a demand, including experience with field work, botany, GIS analyses (e.g., DEMs and landuse data), and restoration methods. You must have a very good command of written and spoken English. A successful candidate must be able to show documented capabilities of autonomous scientific research work and skills in writing scientific publications and reports in English. You must have a driver’s license for cars.


Your application must include:

  • a short summary of your previous research experience (2 pages)
  • a short description of your research ideas as they relate to this project (2 pages)
  • a copy of your PhD thesis
  • a curriculum vitae with a list of publications
  • names and contact details of three reference persons

The application can be written in English. You apply by following the link below to our recruitment network, Varbi.


For more information, contact Professor Christer Nilsson, tel: +46-(0)90-786 6003, e-mail:

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


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment March 2017
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1714-16
  • Professor Christer Nilsson, 090-7866003
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 07.Dec.2016
Last application date 16.Jan.2017 11:59 PM CET

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