Postdoctoral Researcher for the ECWA-NOR project (E.coli as Indicator for Sustainable Water Management): Sweden

Job description: In this project, ECWA-NOR, we will establish relationships between E.coli and environmental DNA (eDNA) that can be used to trace the origin of fecal pollution within watersheds of oligotrophic rivers in northern Sweden. We are now looking for a postdoctoral researcher for this project.

The research aims to assess different methods to identify the source and strain of E.coli in the water by combining traditional and new innovative research methods. The study area will be the catchment area of upper parts of river Indalsälven (upstream lake Storsjön, the fifth largest lake in Sweden), including the source area in the mountain region with the Norwegian border as delimiter to the west. Potential anthropogenic and natural sources of fecal pollution will be mapped and investigated in the project.

Work tasks: 80 % research, 20 % teaching in university courses/programmes. A large part of the research will be conducted in the field and in the laboratory. You will be responsible for the field work including strategic water sampling and the chemical and microbiological analyses. Field operations and the laboratory work will be carried out in close collaboration with our partner companies.

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