We are looking for a researcher who will contribute to our work with performing and developing status assessments for coastal and offshore fish species in the Baltic Sea within an EU-financed research project (HELCOM BLUES). You will be part of our team at the Department of Aquatic Resources in Öregrund focusing on ecosystem analysis and indicator development for coastal fish.

Do you want to work in an inspiring environment and contribute to the sustainable use of our oceans, lakes and watercourses? We at the Department of Aquatic resources (SLU Aqua) are passionate about our vision “Viable fish stocks in healthy waters “. We´re expanding, searching for employees who want to develop themselves and make a difference together with us. The Department of Aquatic Resources conducts environmental monitoring and assessment, consulting, research and education in aquatic ecology with focus on fish and shellfish. The department is SLU’s largest and has more than 180 employees at three main locations: Lysekil, Öregrund and Stockholm (Drottningholm), as well as four field stations. The department is highly focused on data collection and analysis of fish, fisheries and ecosystems, and is characterized by intensive collaborations with industry, public agencies and NGO:s. This creates a vital research environment and gives us unique opportunities to develop knowledge with high societal impact. We look forward to receiving your application For more information about the department: https://www.slu.se/en/departments/aquatic-resources1/


You will develop and perform status assessments for coastal and offshore fish species in the Baltic Sea by, applying already existing methodology on abundance data for species that currently lack quantitative management targets, and contributing to the ongoing development of indicators and assessment methodologies for the size-structure of fish populations. The work is part of a larger EU-project (HELCOM BLUES) lead by the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) aiming at improving the status of the Baltic Sea environment. The work will include cooperation with other researchers and feed into the upcoming assessment of the Baltic Sea ecosystem health as outlined in HELCOM’s Baltic Sea Action Plan and in EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive. 

The work within this position specifically focus on collating and organizing data from national and regional data bases that describes the abundance and size structure of a suite of fish species in the Baltic Sea. Following this, the candidate should use developed R-scripts and the perform statistical analysis on fish data and relevant environmental variables. The outcome of the analyses will be published in scientific journals and summarized in shorter reports to HELCOM.


We are looking for a person holding a PhD-degree in limnology, ecology, fish biology or environmental sciences. Documented experience in handling and collating large data sets in Excel, statistical analysis using R, and scientific writing and publishing is required. You are also fluent in written and spoken English. Documented experience of proven initiatives (for example authorship of scientific publications and approved research applications), and knowledge on marine ecosystems, fish and the Baltic Sea are advantageous. We will put emphasis on the candidate’s personal characteristics and experience for cooperation with other researchers.

Eligibility: PhD-degree in limnology, ecology, fish biology or environmental sciences.

Place of work: Öregrund

Forms for employment: Temporary employment during 12 months.

Extent: 100%

Starting date: 15th of February 2021, or as otherwise agreed.


The application should be written in English or Swedish and include a short motivation, CV and documentation of experience of the requested skills. Welcome to submit your application, using the application button below, no later than 15th of January 2021.

Further information:

Researcher Jens Olsson,

jens.olsson@slu.se, +46 (0)10-478 41 44

Docent Örjan Östman,

orjan.ostman@slu.se, +46 (0)10-478 41 53

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.


SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Jens Olsson


010-478 41 44


Örjan Östman


+46 (0)10-478 41 53



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