Environmental Specialist - eDNA

Updated: 3 months ago

The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment (www.slu.se/aquatic-sciences ) is working with applied environmental science, with a national responsibility for assessing the condition of Swedish surface waters with respect to water chemistry, pollution and aquatic biota. The department has some 140 employees. The research focuses on geochemical and hydrological processes, aquatic ecology and biodiversity, microbial ecology as well as on environmental chemistry and aquatic ecotoxicology. The department is part of a Soil-Water-Environment cluster, a competence centre for landscape-level processes placed in Uppsala. The breadth of expertise among the 300 members in combination with a well-equipped infrastructure creates a unique platform for high quality research as well as environmental monitoring and assessment.

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As an environmental analysis specialist, you will have an active and leading role in the department's work to develop tools, processes and an organization for environmental DNA-based environmental monitoring (eDNA) of biodiversity, invasive species and aquatic ecosystem status. The holder of this position will primarily be responsible for establishing a robust and flexible laboratory infrastructure with efficient processes and relevant methods. The duties also include design of national and international environmental monitoring programs, compilation and analysis of various types of environmental data as well as project reporting and information exchange with researchers and stakeholders.


Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent with a focus on aquatic ecology, environmental science or a related field is required. We also expect applicants to have a very good understanding of modern DNA-based methods and practical experience of using this methodological approach for mapping biodiversity. You should have good organizational skills, be structured, driven and find it easy to compile collected information in written report form. Good ability to communicate in Swedish and English, both written and oral, is a requirement. Other merits that will be considered in this recruitment are practical experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and competence in ecosystem research.

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Form of employment:

Permanent employment. SLU uses probationary employment.



Starting date:

2024-01-15 or according to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2023-12-08, please use the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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