Postdoctoral researcher in chemistry

 The subject area for this position is chemistry, with specialization in Environmental Analytical Chemistry.


The Man-Technology-Environment (MTM) Research Centre focuses on toxicant screening, as well as discovery and hazard assessment of toxic chemicals using molecular toxicology, epidemiology, and analytical chemistry together with industry, government, and academia. The research areas are metabolomics (exposome-disease studies), mixture, epigenetic and particle toxicology, applied environmental chemistry, occupational health, and microplastics. MTM has in the last years built a solid research environment with state-of-the-art modern infrastructure for projects in analytical chemistry and toxicology using for example effect-directed analysis (EDA) and high-performance separation methods.

We are now looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our team and work on an ongoing research project about screening of hazardous substances in sewage sludge. The overall focus of the project is developing a broad and cost-effective characterization of hazardous substances in sewage sludge using effect-based analysis and non-target analytical methods.

Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills.

The successful candidate will mainly work with suspect and non-target screening of sewage sludge using high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS), foremost hyphenated with gas chromatography but other separation techniques might be relevant. Matrices such as soil and crops are also important and included in the project. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with environmental toxicologists responsible for the effect-based analysis. The work will also to a minor part consist of analysis of microplastics in sludge according to existing protocols.


Those qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants who at the time of appointment hold a doctoral degree or have a degree from abroad deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. Applicants with doctoral degrees that have been awarded no more than 3 years prior to the application deadline are to be considered first. The applicant may not previously have held a position as a postdoctoral researcher for more than one year in the same subject and at the same higher education institution. The position is for a term of at least 2 years initially but may be extended for a further 1 year. If the person during the period of employment has been on parental leave, the period of employment is to be extended by the corresponding number of days. The period of employment may also be extended in the event of absence due to illness.

You must have a good ability to express yourself in speech and writing in English. The ability to work both independently and in groups, as well as work quality-consciously and be responsible, is a requirement. Great value is on the candidate’s expressed ambition to learn and take responsibility for the work.

Assessment criteria

A basis for the assessment is the applicant’s ability to disseminate information and communicate; collaborate and engage with the wider community; and facilitate utilisation of the university’s research. In addition, the applicant’s suitability for the position will be assessed. Suitability refers to the applicant demonstrating the personal qualities required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities at hand, the ability to cooperate with other members of staff, and the ability to contribute to the development of the operations.

Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia.

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, or related subjects. You have documented and practical experience of analysis using high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). Experience with suspect and non-target screening workflows is an advantage. Interest and experience from analysis of microplastics in environmental samples and knowledge of FTIR spectroscopy is a merit. Interest of, or experience with effect-based methods is also a merit.


This is a full-time position for two (or three) years. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. For more information about the position, contact principal investigator, Anna Rotander, email: or Head of Natural science unit, Ingrid Ericson Jogsten, email:

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Account of research qualifications and experience
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian, or Danish can be reviewed. More information for applicants will be found on our career site:

The application deadline is 2023-03-15. We look forward to receiving your application!

As we have already made our choices in terms of external collaboration partners and marketing efforts for this recruitment process, we decline any contact with recruitment agencies and advertisers.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.

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