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Job Alert -_ Stockholm University

Deadline 01 March 2021

Department of Environmental Science
Stockholm University Visiting address: Phone: +46 70 3247317
Department of Environmental Science
106 91 Stockholm

Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Telefax: +46 8 674 7638

Research engineer with focus on
molecular analytical techniques
at the Department of Environmental Science. SU FV-0097-21, Closing date: 1 March 2021.
The Department of Environmental Science is one of the largest departments in the Faculty of
Science at Stockholm University. The department consists of four units with more than 170
researchers, teachers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff from over 30
countries. Research and teaching focus on chemical contaminants, ecotoxicology, atmospheric
science and biogeochemistry. The Biogeochemistry Unit has a strong, externally-funded
research with focus on the composition and functioning of the biogeosphere-atmosphere
system, how it is affected by anthropogenic perturbations such as climate warming, and the
natural cycles of carbon and other important elements and substances. Two research areas that
attract large interests are (i) how the thawing permafrost in the Arctic affects large-scale
carbon and nitrogen cycling, including triggering release of greenhouse gases, and (ii) how air
pollution in Asia and Africa affects the composition of the atmosphere and the climate.
High-quality analysis of natural organic molecules in environmental samples from air, soil,
water and sediments is since long central to our research. This can range from simple
molecules such as methane, halocarbons (other VOCs) to lipids, amino acids and complex
fractions of structural components such as lignin and cutin, as well as organometallic
compounds. A key common denominator is the use of various gas chromatography-mass
spectrometry (GC-MS) techniques, incl. extraction and sample preparation stages and data
analysis. This “molecular biogeochemistry” is a core component of contemporary
We are now seeking a full-time Research Engineer to function as support to ongoing research
activities, and be responsible for the long-term coordination of the organic analytical
laboratory activities.
Main responsibilities
– Analytical laboratory management, including
o Maintenance and troubleshooting of the unit’s gas chromatography systems:
several GC-MS, GC-FID/ECD, a preparative GC-FID coupled to a sample
collector for compound-specific 14C analysis, and a GC-TQ-ICP-MS system.
o Quality assurance and continuity of all organic-molecular methods, incl. handover between generations of PhD students and post docs, as well as inventories of
samples and standards.
o Management of the unit’s GC instrumental and organic wet chemistry research
laboratories incl. lab safety and chemical inventories.
– Development and adaptation of analytical methods to target a widening range of organic
compound classes, and development of more efficient and environmentally-friendly
techniques for existing target substances.
– Wet chemical training and analytical support for incoming master students, PhD students
and post docs, and support with risk assessment.
– Preparation for and participation in field-based research
– Contribute actively to develop and maintain a good psycho-social work environment
We seek a well-organized and service-oriented person with a great aptitude for both learning
and mentoring new techniques, and with:
– M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree with focus on organic analysis, or corresponding competence.
– Several years of laboratory work experience, after finishing degree/education, in the
analysis of organic molecules in complex matrices
– Documented experience of laboratory QA and data management
– High ability to work efficiently both in groups and individually
– Fluency in English in speaking and in writing; basic knowledge of Swedish is an
advantage (may otherwise be obtained in first two years).
Terms of employment
This is a full-time, indefinite-term position with a six-month trial period. Salaries at
Stockholm University are determined individually; therefore, please indicate your requested
salary. Start date immediately or per agreement.
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal
opportunities for all.
Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Örjan Gustafsson +46-
70-3247317, or Marcus Sundbom, Unit Head, +46-(0)8-674
Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro
Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,,
and (SEKO).
Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system:
Only include the cover letter and CV in your application. Bring copies of grades and
certificates if you are called to an interview.
The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.
You are welcome to apply!

August 2020 Posts

**NEW** PhD Opportunity starting September 2020

Controls on the Distribution and Type of Organic Rich Facies and its ultimate
maturation to yield hydrocarbons in an evolving sedimentary basin: A case
study Offshore West of Ireland

University of Manchester

Full scholarship: 3.0 years funding, includes all fees, living allowance and field expenses.
Apply online :

Please use this advert as the research proposal.
Application Deadline: August 28, 2020
Online Interviews: September 4, 2020
For further information contact: Prof Jonathan Redfern


Fully funded PhD studentship
Host University:University of Manchester
Supervisors:Prof Jonathan Redfern, James Armstrong
Duration:3.0 years
A fully funded PhD studentship to start in Sept 2020. The project has access to a large offshore database toexamine the controls and processes that are active in an evolving sedimentary basin that impact on thedeposition of organic rich mudrocks, working towards developing a predictive model for source rockdistribution.
The project will access 2D (and possibly3D) seismic lines, well data and the comprehensive suite of samples,plus integrate recent geochemical, stratigraphic and related studies compiled by PIP (Petroleum InfrastructureProgramme) for the West of Ireland. There are three objectives, the first being to create an up-to-dateassessment of the distribution, organic richness, source rock kinetics and type of mudrocks in the sedimentarysection in the basins West of Ireland. This will be integrated with a study of the basin style and evolution toaddress the mechanisms that control organic richness and its location (both temporal and spatial). This willthen be integrated with an evaluation of the basin style and evolution to better understand the control andprocesses that are active, allowing development of a predictive model for the source rock distribution. Thestudy will conclude with extensive 1D basin modelling to address timing, type and volume of fluid charge toallow an understanding of hydrocarbon generation/expulsion from multiple locations within basins offshorewest of Ireland.
The project offers access to an important dataset as a case study for developing improved workflows andmodels to address organic facies prediction in sedimentary basins. The student will work closely with a largegroup of researchers in the Basins Studies Group at the University of Manchester, with access to unrivalledworkstation, software and laboratory facilities. This project, funded by PIPCO, also offers the student with anopportunity for close links to industry.
The PhD candidate should be from the UK or EU, and have a good 2.1 or 1stis Geology / Geochemistry, withstrong background in basin studies. Experience of interpreting seismic data and of undertaking basin modelling
would be an advantage. We would like to start the PhD in Sept 2020 or soon thereafter.

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