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Postdoctor in Species identifications

  • Ort


  • Yrkesroll


  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    19 juni

  • Sök jobbet senast

    26 augusti

Om jobbet

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv) we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.

The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station that is run by the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure-Kristineberg.
The current position is placed at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science ( is the host of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre ( The Centre has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry. The research group of Alexandre Antonelli (Antonelli Lab, comprises ca fifteen persons including students, researchers and laboratory personnel, as well as ca twenty associated members in Gothenburg and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London ( The group works with several biodiversity-related questions with focus on evolution and biogeography. The working language is English. The group's research has had large international impact and received several prestigious grants, from the European Research Council ERC, the Swedish Research Council VR, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, among others.


Project description

The goal of this project is to advance solutions for the identification and logging of the world’s species using integrative bioinformatic solutions. The work may consist of several tasks, depending on the candidate’s strengths and own research interests:
  • Implement dynamic identification keys to enable identification of morphologically similar species
  • Use image recognition algorithms based on convolutional neural networks to identify plant species
  • Integrate geo-referencing tools to further improve the accuracy of automatic identifications
  • Coordinate a comprehensive image bank for plant species by citizens and volunteers
  • Assess the accuracy of classification using neural networks built from citizen-generated images as compared to an expert-vetted image bank
  • Estimate how biodiversity changes locally based on images taken on the same spot over different years

Job assignments

This employment includes the implementation of different bioinformatic solutions including, but not limited to, the points above. The solutions developed will be primarily implemented in the mobile app, funded by the European Research Council, the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. The researcher should either implement these solutions in the app directly, or (if required) work closely with, and supervise, a mobile app developer.

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