Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Science

University of Gothenburg Department of Earth Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Science, specializing in Environmental Science / Contaminant Hydrogeology

Ref PAR 2021/1590


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The Department of Earth Sciences has around 70 employees. We have bachelor and master programs in Earth Sciences and in Geography as well as third-cycle education in several Earth Science subjects. Our main research themes are “Climate and Climate Change”, “Earth Surface Processes” and “The Geosphere” and the research strategy of the department emphasizes on further development of Earth System Science.

The Hydrogeology research group ( at the Department of Earth Sciences belongs to the “Geosphere” theme and is involved in fundamental research, teaching, and stakeholder activities in the field of hydrogeology, contaminant hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry. The Hydrogeology Group focuses on two main research topics including a) fresh water resources under changing environmental and climatic conditions and b) the behavior of contaminants in the subsurface. The hydrogeology group has strong relations with international research groups and private companies in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, USA and France. The group also host a large pool of state-of-the-art equipment for stable isotope and elemental analyses.

Job assignments

The hydrogeology group at the Earth Science Department aims to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the project: “Plastic and pesticides in agricultural soils – A hazardous combination for groundwater systems and drinking water supplies worldwide?” This project will be embedded in the contaminant hydrogeology research field of the Hydrogeology group at the Earth Science Department.  The successful postdoc candidate will investigate the interactions of plastic particles and pesticides in agricultural soils and if plastic particles enhance the transport of pesticides into underlying aquifer systems. The research work will include field- and laboratory work as well as numerical modelling. The research will also include the development of new methods to detect plastic particles in the sub-micrometer range in complex soil matrices.


To be successful in this position the applicant will need:

  • A PhD degree in environmental geology, contaminant hydrogeology, environmental chemistry or a related field
  • Experience in carrying out field and laboratory work
  • Experience in numerical simulations
  • Excellent oral and written English skills including the ability to publish research results and to make scientific presentations
  • Open-minded, capable of working in an international and multi-disciplinary team


The postdoc position is temporary for three years, full-time (100%) at the Earth Science Department of the University of Gothenburg.

First day of employment: July 1, 2022 or on agreement.

For further information regarding the position

For further information regarding the position, please contact Dr. Philipp Wanner,


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The application should include:

A cover letter with a motivation that describes the applicant’s suitability for the position (maximum one A4 page)

A Curriculum vitae including education, qualifications, and previous experience

A copy of examination certificates

A publication list

A copy/link of/to the PhD thesis

Other documents deemed important by the applicant

Contact information for at least two references that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications

Closing date: 2022-01-31

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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