Research Engineer - technical system for separation and analysis of greenhouse gases

at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. Closing date: 3 June 2019.

Research in the environment and climate field is one of the strongholds of Stockholm University. The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) is one of the larger departments in the Faculty of Science with over 200 employees. We are located in the Geoscience Building, together with other departments in the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, on the beautiful park-like campus Frescati in the northern reaches of Stockholm. Several projects in the ACES Biogeochemitry Unit is focused on using isotopes to fingerprint the sources of greenhouse gases in seawater and the atmosphere (incl. with financing through a European Research Council - Advanced Grant). One important component is the development and establishment of techniques for both sampling and for subsequent preparation of samples for isotope analyses. We now look for a technically-focused person to contribute to developing these systems.

Main responsibilities

This position is primarily dedicated to develop a system for isolation of methane and carbon dioxide from seawater and atmosphere samples and for preparation of these for isotope analyses. Under guidance of our senior research engineer, you will design, perform and evaluate tests to characterize the module components that will be part of the full system (e.g., oxidation steps, absorbents, cold traps, programming of walves etc). We have for thus system development a dedicated advanced measurement instrument for methane and carbon dioxide (a laser-based Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer along with several well-equipped laboratories). Additional tasks include optimization of sample methodology for methane in seawater (i.e., purge-and-trap), as well as a pre-concentration device to be hyphenated with a GCirMS for determination of natural abundance 14C measurements of methane in air.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for you who have substantial practical experience of development and trouble-shooting of technical systems for separation and processing of gases or liquids, and/or for measurement systems for gases. Your background may be from an academic research environment but equally well from an instrument-analytical or other high-tech company. You should have experience from analytical instruments and laboratory work with respect to gases.

You should be careful and have well-developed skills for organization and documentation of your work. The employment demands flexibility and good ability to collaborate. Personal suitability is an important value.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time temporary position for 12 months. Starting as soon as possible yet per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Örjan Gustafsson,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Only include the cover letter (including contact information to reference persons) and CV in your application. Bring copies of grades and certificates if you are called to an interview.

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions - Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 03/06/2019

published: 17 May 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.