Field assistants at Tarfala Research Station (6 temporary employments)

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at the Department of Physical Geography . Closing date: 11 February  2022.

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 110 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and environmental management. The main research areas are: Geomorphology and Glaciology; Water, Permafrost and Environmental Systems; Climate Science and Quaternary Geology; and Landscape, Evironment and Geomatics. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department.

Tarfala Research Station (TRS), managed by the Department of Physical Geography, is remotely located in the Tarfala valley at ca 1130 m asl  just east of Kebnekaise and 24 kilometres from the nearest road in Nikkaloukta. The station has accommodation capacity for 40 persons, a fully equipped kitchen, lecture room, sauna, laundry, laboratories and a workshop. Scientists and students visit Tarfala Research Station to study glaciers and the arctic alpine environment. Stockholm university runs a long-term observational program which includes measurements glacier mass balance, glacial hydrology, mountain meteorology, permafrost and vegetation.

Main responsibilities
Field assistants help with field measurements on glaciers, in rivers, and lakes etc. The work also includes daily chores at the station, such as helping out in the kitchen, do laundry and clean common areas etc. The field work in alpine terrain and on glaciers can be physically demanding. Travel to and from Tarfala Research Station includes a hike of 24 kilometres in mountainous terrain. Bagage exceeding day-pack can be transported to TRS from Nikkaluokta by helicopter, though not necessarily upon the dates of arrival and departure.

The summer field season is divided in to three periods 2022:
Period 1: 1/7 – 26/7 (arrival 30/6, departure 27/7)
Period 2: 25/7 - 23/8 (arrival 24/7, departure 24/8)
Period 3: 22/8 – 16/9 (arrival 21/8, departure 17/9)

You can apply for all three periods, but no field assistant will be hired for more than two periods.

Qualification requirements
You have documented interest in natural science and research, and of working in mountainous and/or arctic environments. Good physical condition is required to conduct the fieldwork at and around TRS, Minimum age is 18 years. The staff at TRS is a small group, which is why we require good cooperation skills, flexibility, and responsiveness. Emphasis is placed on personal suitability where we value good attitude, good physique as well as a stable and kind mindset.  University studies with focus on glaciology, hydrology, arctic ecosystems, and/or remote sensing are a merit.

Terms of employment
Employments are temporary. The salary is 750 SEK per day. The cost of food and accommodation is included, but is subject to benefit taxation. Day of arrival and departure is outside the employment period and does not count as a working day. Travels to and from TRS (usually by train) are included and are booked for you by TRS. 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 TRS director Nina Kirchner, , or from HR responsible Susanna Blåndman, .

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 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: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 11/02/2022

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