Research assistant, radiocesium in the environment

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 03 Aug 2022

Published: 2022-06-29

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is Sweden"s largest and most versatile
department of its kind with approximately 280 employees. Our activities are interdisciplinary and
combine natural science and technology with social science. We have research programs in air, water and landscape science (LUVAL); geophysics; natural resources and sustainable development; (NRHU); petrology, mineralogy and tectonics (MPT); paleobiology, and wind energy. By investigating the history of Earth, we understand how our planet has developed over time and how sustainable development benefits from this knowledge.

Within Mineralogy, Petrology, and Tectonics, we study Earth system processes and their interactions from the core to the surface and from crystal to plate-boundary scales. We target natural resources and hazards, magma plumbing systems, mountain building, and global chemical and geodynamic cycles. Our toolkit comprises field work, petrography and geochemistry as well as cutting-edge techniques. Our extensive knowledge and varied expertise foster a holistic understanding of our dynamic planet. For more information see: .

This project aims to investigate the impacts of climate change on radiocesium (137Cs) anomalies. We plan to investigate variations in 137Cs, temperature and rainfall with time and predict how climate change will interact with existing 137Cs anomalies for Scandinavia, Central Europe and Japan.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at Uppsala University.


Project duties for the research assistant:

  • Compile and investigate time series radiocesium (137Cs) data for Scandinavia, Central Europe and Japan.
  • Compare time series radiocesium (137Cs) data with meteorological records.
  • Assist in the gamma spectroscopy laboratory UGGLA, Ångström laboratories, Uppsala University.
  • Collaborate with the multidisciplinary research team of Earth Scientists, geochemists, nuclear physicist, radiochemists.


Required qualifications and competencies:

  • Hold at least a MSc in natural science (earth science, environmental science, physics, chemistry, biology).
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate, take initiative and problem solving analytical skills.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English.

Additional qualifications

  • Experience processing and interpreting geochemical data.
  • Environmental or Earth surface processes and hydrosphere-lithosphere interaction.
  • Experience with time management.

Please submit a covering letter, CV, degree certificates and transcripts and contact details for 2 references.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position, 8 months. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 of September 2022 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Abigail Barker +4618 471 2552,

Please submit your application by 3 of august 2022, UFV-PA 2022/2659.

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Placement: Department of Earth Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/2659

Last application date: 2022-08-03

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