Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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Umeå University is looking for a senior research engineer for image analysis of electron microscopy (EM) data. The first research engineer will work with user support and method development at Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM). The position is financed by SciLifeLab. The employment is for 12 months. Application deadline is May 22, 2023.

Work tasks
As a senior research engineer, you will provide researchers with expert advice in the planning and execution of electron microscopy (EM) analysis. We are a large group of senior research engineers who together maintain end develop research infrastructure. For this position, we are looking for a person to take the main responsibility for sample preparation, operation and maintenance of scanning electron microscopy SEM and image analysis. Mainly for project in the research areas of chemistry and physics, but many of the projects supported at the facility originate from medical and biology research. You will be involved in teaching shorter methodology courses in EM and image analysis at doctoral level. You will also administer user support, as well as act as a contact person for the facility's users and collaborations between microscopy facilities in Sweden and internationally. The work is planned together with researchers and UCEM staff and is carried out independently or together with collaborators, students and researchers at other department or external entities. Our working language is English.

We are looking for a person with a PhD in chemistry, physics, engineering or biotechnology. You have extensive experience with EM (SEM and TEM) sample preparation, instrument operations, chemical characterization data analysis. EM imaging should have been your main method in earlier research projects. Very good computer skills with a focus on image analysis of 3D EM data is required.

You are independent and flexible and can take on new challenges, establish new methods and participate in several different projects in parallel. It is important that you have good collaborative skills and can receive and pass on expert skills, as well as that you have good communication skills, open to receive and pass on expert knowledge. You should be able to express yourself in English in speech and writing. You can take initiatives, be creative, have a service minded attitude towards the facility work, to help facility users and research groups with research projects and to achieve results.

Great emphasis is placed on technical competence, which for this employment includes operation of multi-purpose and multi detector SEM, in SEM micromanipulations with Focused Ion Beam (FIB-SEM), EM data analysis and digital visualization.

It is desirable to have an education in engineering, as well as experience of different types of EM methods, chemical and imaging analysis. Earlier work with research infrastructure, national and international collaborative projects are meritorious, as well as a service minded attitude and interest in technology development.

The employment is full-time and is limited to 12 months. Starting date as soon as possible or by agreement.

The application should include a personal letter with motivation for why you are applying for the position, references to research projects using EM, CV, degree certificate including doctoral degree, other relevant certificates and grades as well as names and contact information of at least two reference persons.

The deadline for applications is May 22, 2023. You apply via our e-recruitment system.

For further information, please contact UCEM coordinator Linda Sandblad, tel: +46 (0)709324936 or e-mail:

The position is at the Department of Chemistry, which is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology and has close to 200 employees, including about 40 doctoral students and a strong and expanding research. Three major research areas, Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Engineering Chemistry, bring together the department's research and education in chemistry. We are also a strong partner in KBC, the Chemical-Biological Centre. For more information, see

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Starting date according to agreement
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-771-23
  • Linda Sandblad, 0709-324936
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 27.Apr.2023
Last application date 22.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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