Research Engineer

at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry.

Closing date: 1 March 2018.

The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) at Stockholm University is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Science with about five units and 220 employees. The department has a strong focus on research (>100 peer-reviewed research articles per year), spanning from couplings between climate change and biogeochemical cycles (atmosphere-land-ocean) to the sources, transport and effects of environmental contaminants.

At the Unit for Biogeochemistry we are studying many aspects of the composition and functioning of the biogeosphere-atmosphere system, how it is affected by anthropogenic perturbations such as climate warming, and the natural cycles of carbon and other important elements and substances. Two research areas that attract large interests are (i) how the thawing permafrost in the Arctic affects large-scale carbon cycling, including triggering release of greenhouse gases, and (ii) how air pollution in Asia and Africa affects the composition of the atmosphere and the climate. Studying matrices such as air, soil, water and sediments, we analyze e.g. specific organic molecules (i.e., biomarkers), major and minor elements, isotope rations and the compound-specific isotope fingerprint, along with many other geochemical and geophysical parameters. The Unit for Biogeochemistry is now recruiting a Research Engineer to function as support to ongoing research activities, and be responsible for the long-term coordination of the analytical laboratory activities.

Main responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the organization and servicing of instruments and other equipment in the laboratories.
  • Be responsible for the organization and servicing of instruments and other equipment for field campaigns.
  • Introduce and mentor students, PhD students and guest researchers in sampling, extractions and other sample preparations, and analyses of samples, especially for organicmolecular analyses.
  • Be responsible for laboratory safety, risk assessments, and chemical inventorying.
  • Master and document our analytical methods to ensure continuity by serving as a knowledge-bridge to new colleagues.
  • Lead inventorying and storage of both field samples and analytical data.
  • Analyze samples and participate in field campaigns.
  • Contribute to development of analytical methods and research studies.
  • Contribute to development and maintenance of a safe physical work environment in the laboratories and in the field.
  • Participate actively to development and maintenance of a sound psychosocial work environment.

Qualification requirements

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D degree with focus on chemical analysis, or corresponding competence.
  • Practical experience of molecular organic analysis of complex matrices such as environmental samples, maintenance and trouble shooting of analytical instruments (especially GC-MS).
  • Experience of field sampling/campaigns is a merit.
  • Good organizational skills and high social competence.
  • Fluency in English (in speaking and in writing) is a requirement; basic knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, indefinite-term position with a six-month trial period. Salaries at Stockholm University are determined individually; therefore, please indicate your requested salary. Start date as peer 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, telephone: +46 70 324 7317,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (SEKO).


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published: 23 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.