Researchers in Marine Microbiology
Stockholm University

Researchers in Marine Microbiology (3) 

Ref. No. SU FV-4807-20


at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. Closing date: 22 January 2021.

At the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University, research and education is conducted in an international environment. The subject areas are Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Some of the research has direct environmental and societal relevance and the approach is often broad and interdisciplinary. About 140 people are working at the Department, of which ca. 35 are teachers and researchers and 50 are PhD students.

Project description

The three positions are associated with the project “Microbial metabolism (MIME): How does meltwater from land and from sea ice affect marine microbial metabolic diversity, productivity and nutrient cycling in the Arctic Ocean?” supported by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, VR and Formas.

Main responsibilities

The positions involve

(1) field sampling of microbial communities from the ocean (0-4000 m depth) and from ice habitats,

(2) experimental incubations to assess gene expression (RNA) and metabolic rates (13C, 15N),

(3) incubations to assess primary productivity (13C-method),

(4) measurements of chlorophyll-a concentration (fluorometry),

(5) measurements of photosynthetic capacity (PAM fluorometry),

(6) sampling water and filtrations for other parameters such as stable isotopes, flow cytometry, salinity, and

(7) co-authorship of scientific publications.

The work is primarily performed in a team of four scientists, but it is part of a larger collaboration with all 39 scientists on board and sometimes helping hands are necessary in another project. The work is carried out in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland, the Lomonosov Ridge and the North-Pole area during the SAS-Oden 2021 expedition with ice-breaker Oden (seven weeks, see, and will be preceeded by medical examinations, safety trainings (shooting, fire-fighting, first aid), and two weeks of quarantine with regard to Covid19. You will be away from home from ca. 10 July until ca. 20 September 2021. All costs for travels, lodging and food during the expedition are covered by the project.

Qualification requirements

Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in (1) marine biology, (2) scientific field work in ice-covered sea areas, including drilling ice cores, (3) meticulous microbial laboratory work, including running multifactorial experimental set-ups and data and sample registration.

Special attention will also be given to previous experience of marine expeditions, especially in polar areas, and documented good communication skills, adaptivity and flexibility with regard to scientific team work and life on board. Necessary is a good physical condition as the field work can include heavy lifts.

Terms of employment

The positions involve full-time employment for three months from 1 July 2021 until 30 September 2021.

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 Pauline Snoeijs-Leijonmalm, telephone +46 704 932839,

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. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 22/01/2021


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