Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

We seek a field assistant to support river and watershed research in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG).  The employment is on full time for 6 months. Starting date is March 1st, 2019 or according to agreement. Last day of application is 2019-02-11. We welcome your application!

Project description
This position is to assist and coordinate ongoing research into the ecology and biogeochemistry of boreal and arctic streams.

Job description
The field assistant will coordinate activities in both the field and laboratory.  Specific field-related duties include collecting benthic samples (invertebrates and algae) from streams at monthly intervals and maintaining a network of environmental sensors (e.g., that measure light and dissolved oxygen) deployed at field sites in Vindeln and Abisko.  In the laboratory, this person will be responsible for processing benthic samples, which will include picking and identifying stream macroinvertebrates and preparing samples for isotopic and fatty acid analysis.  Finally, the field assistant will be in charge of downloading and collating the continuous dissolved oxygen data from approximately 20 streams/rivers deployed across northern Sweden.   

Applicants should have a Master’s degree in Ecology, Biogeochemistry, or closely related field. We seek an individual with experience working in arctic or boreal stream ecosystems, under potentially challenging field conditions. Prior experience working with stream benthic samples (algae and/or invertebrates) is important. A valid driver’s license is a requirement.

Experience using or maintaining environmental sensors in aquatic ecosystems will also be valued. 

Your application, in Swedish or in English, should include the following:

  • A short description of why you are interested in, and suitable for this position
  • CV
  • Copies of education certificates
  • Name and contact information of two reference persons

Last day of application is February 11th, 2019.

Associate Professor, Ryan Sponseller:

Type of employment Temporary position 3-6 months
Employment expires 2019-08-31
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-03-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-93-19
  • Ryan Sponseller, universitetslektor, 090-786 65 50
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 21.Jan.2019
Last application date 11.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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