Senior Research Engineer (11 months)

Updated: 3 months ago

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We are announcing a Senior Research Engineer position in soil acoustics in a project focused on using soil sounds to infer environmental processes. The full-time position is limited to a duration of 11 months. The deadline for applications is 1 December, 2023 and the position is expected to start 1 Jan 2024 or according to agreement.

Project description
Can sensitive microphones detect biological processes ongoing at depth in soils? We think so and have initiated this project that aims to develop a sound-based monitoring system that can be used to study belowground processes. We are now searching for someone willing to join our team and help us construct acoustic sensors and evaluate their performance in a context of soil ecology.

We are searching for a person with a PhD in Biology or equivalent and with experiences of acoustic sensors designed to record sound and/or vibrations of soil fauna. Experience of handling acoustic data using software such as Raven pro or Python code are considered a strong merit.

How to apply
The application should contain the following, written in English (preferably) or Swedish:

A personal cover letter including a summary of previous research experience. CV with academic qualifications and a description of the main research focus.

  • A certified copy of doctoral degree certificate.
  • A list of publications, with the three most relevant marked in red

Any additional questions about the project or application should be directed to Jonatan Klaminder, Umeå University ([email protected]).

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science carries out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department has about 150 employees. For more information, visit:


2024-01-01 or according to agreement

Application deadline


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1846-23


Jonatan Klaminder


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