Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå university, are looking for 7-8 Field Assistants for a project in old-growth forests. The employment is an intermittent employment, an hourly employment, read more below. Expected start date is May 2, 2023 or according to agreement. The deadline for applications is March 27th, 2023. Welcome with your application!

Project description
The project is looking to increase the knowledge of carbon sequestration and storage in Sweden’s old-growth forests. During the summer of 2023 we will visit ~12 forests across Sweden, from north to south.

Work tasks and practical information
In each forest we will measure carbon stocks and fluxes from soil, mycorrhiza, roots, understory vegetation and tree. Techniques and instruments include CO2-measurements with an IRGA (Infrared gas analyser), tree coring, soil sampling and installation of sensors and other equipment.

The working day length will vary due to the conditions/circumstances. Accommodation will vary, we will stay in tents close to our sites, or in hostels nearby.

We are searching for you with higher education with a focus on natural science or equivalent. You have documented experience of field work in various conditions, hiking in difficult terrain and camping in tent. Documented experience in forest inventory, soil sampling, using CO2 gas exchange analysers or coring trees is also a demand. The work requires people who is thorough, independent and flexible. You who should also have a good ability to work in a group and a problem-solving attitude. B driving license and fluency in English are also required for this employment.

Intermittent employment
An intermittent employment means that you can be offered scheduled employment occasions during a frame period of 9 months max. The employment occasions are time limited in accordance with LAS 5§ 1p. To be available this way means that you can accept or decline each employment occasion that you are offered and that a new employment enters each time you work. This practically means that you have an hourly employment.

The preliminary work period for these intermittent employments is 2023-06-26 – 2023-08-10, but with a frame contract on 9 months, for us to be able to offer work after the work period, if there is need for that.

You apply through our recruitment tool, Varbi. The application, written in Swedish or English, should include:

  • CV and a personal letter
  • Copies of grades and certificates
  • Contact information for two reference persons

Please contact us if you are interested, or have any questions regarding the project:
PhD student Hanna Axén, mail:, mobile: +46 90 786 55 43
Professor Daniel Metcalfe, mail:, mobile: 072-205 2795

About the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science:

Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
Contract type Full-time/Part-time
First day of employment 2023-05-02 or according to agreement
Salary Hourly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent -
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-404-23
  • Professor Daniel Metcalfe, 090-7865575
  • Doktorand Hanna Axén, 090-7865543
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 03.Mar.2023
Last application date 27.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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