Research engineer in Limnology/Aquatic Ecology

Uppsala University
Full Time
3 weeks ago

A position as a research engineer in Limnology/Aquatic Ecology is available at the Erken Laboratory, the field station of the Department of Ecology and Genetics, see

The Erken Laboratory is part of SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science), which has the aim to provide access to unique infrastructure and support for national as well as international researchers. The Erken Laboratory maintains an extensive long-term monitoring programme of lake Erken, including different sensor systems, and has infrastructure to conduct experiments in the lake in enclosures, or so-called mesocosms. The Erken Laboratory also coordinates the thematic programme SITES AquaNet, and plays a major role in SITES Water. SITES AquaNet is a standardized and harmonized infrastructure for aquatic mesocosm experiments with installations at several SITES stations. SITES AquaNet is a partner in the EU-project AQUACOSM-plus, where one of the main aims is to offer researchers access to leading European mesocosm facilities. SITES Water collects background information on lake climate and biogeochemical processes that can support research projects and document long-term changes. The position will focus on a range of working tasks related to both SITES and AQUACOSM-plus.

Duties: The candidate will conduct and support measurements in the lake and in mesocosms. This includes maintenance of autonomous sensor systems and experimental installations as well as data management (e.g. QA/QC). Another important task is the coordination of a distributed mesocosm experiment which is going to be conducted in 2022 within AQUACOSM-plus at several SITES stations. Administrative tasks such as purchases of equipment, reporting, communication with visiting researchers etc. are also part of the position.

Qualifications required: An Academic degree in ecology, limnology or related disciplines and previous experience with field measurements and/or experiments in aquatic systems is required. The candidate needs to work accurately to meet the high quality standards within SITES. The candidate should be an enthusiastic, independent, practical, flexible and well organized person with excellent communication and project management skills. A driving license is required. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English.

Qualifications desired: A PhD degree within a relevant field, extensive previous experience working with mesocosms, sensors, handling of high-frequency data, and programming skills (e.g. Python, R) are desired qualifications. Specific knowledge of Campbell Scientific data logging systems and basic knowledge of electronic measurement principles would be desirable.

Temporary employment, 24 months.

Starting date: 15 June 2021, or as agreed.

Application deadline: 15 April 2021