Research engineer in Limnology/Aquatic Ecology

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 13 Jan 2023

Published: 2022-12-14

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The Department of Ecology and Genetics is an international environment with staff and students from all over the world. Our research spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. For more information, see . A position as a research engineer in Limnology/Aquatic Ecology is available at the Erken Laboratory, the field station of the department, see

The Erken Laboratory is part of SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science, ), which has the aim to provide access to unique infrastructure and support for national as well as international researchers. The Erken Laboratory maintains an extensive long-term monitoring programme of lake Erken, including different sensor systems, and has infrastructure to conduct experiments in the lake in enclosures, or so-called mesocosms. The Erken Laboratory also coordinates the thematic programme SITES AquaNet ( ). SITES AquaNet  is a standardized and harmonized infrastructure for aquatic mesocosm experiments with installations at several SITES stations. SITES AquaNet is a partner in the EU-project AQUACOSM-plus ( ), where one of the main aims is to offer researchers access to leading European mesocosm facilities. The position will focus on a range of working tasks related to both SITES and AQUACOSM-plus.

The position is placed at the Erken field station close to Norrtälje, but some working tasks can also be located at the Limnology Programme in Uppsala. Shorter visits to other SITES AquaNet stations can also be part of the position.

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The candidate will conduct and support measurements in Erken and in mesocosms. An important task is the coordination of distributed mesocosm experiments which are going to be conducted in 2023 within AQUACOSM-plus at several SITES AquaNet stations, including the coordination of measurements that are carried out in a standardized way across mesocosm experiments. Maintenance of autonomous sensor systems and installations, data management, field measurements as well as administrative tasks such as reporting, communication with visiting researchers etc. are also part of the position.

Qualifications required
An Academic degree in ecology, limnology or related disciplines. Previous experience with field measurements and/or experiments in aquatic systems is required as well as experience with lab work. The candidate should be an enthusiastic, independent, practical, flexible and well organized person with excellent communication and project management skills. The candidate needs to work accurately to meet the high quality standards within SITES. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English. A driving license is required.

Qualifications desired
A PhD degree within a relevant field, extensive previous experience working with mesocosms, sensors and handling of high-frequency data and using R. Previous experience with project leadership.

About the employment: Individual salary. Starting date 2023-02-01, or as agreed. The position is available until 2023-11-30. Scope of employment: 100%.

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Silke Langenheder,, +46 18 471 27 10.

Application: The application should include 1) a letter of intent describing yourself and why you want this position, 2) a short description of your education, 3) a CV and 4) the names and contact information to at least two reference persons (e-mail address and phone no.). The application should be written in English.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 13 January 2023. UFV-PA 2022/4794.

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Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position 3-6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Norrtälje, Erken Laboratory

County: Stockholms län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/4794

Last application date: 2023-01-13

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