Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Geology has a long and successful history of research with an international reputation throughout the entire geological field and offers nationally leading undergraduate programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. About 40 researchers/teachers and 20 research students are active at the department, which consists of two sub-departments: Quaternary Sciences and Bedrock Geology.

It is widely recognized that the evolution of diatoms in the oceans has resulted in massive changes in the global biogeochemical cycles of silica, carbon and other nutrients. These elements also regulate ocean productivity and ultimately climate on Earth. However, little is known about how dissolved Si concentrations from biological uptake has changed in the oceans with the evolution of diatoms. The major goal of this research project is to investigate the role of geobiology and its effect on global biogeochemical cycles and how they have evolved through Earths history.

The research will utilize stable isotope measurements in fossil material from deep time together with supporting geochemical and geological proxies measured in sediments/rocks. The geochemical data will be used to explore the changes in the environment and oceanic dissolved Si concentrations through time and how they have effected the oceans and ultimately climate.

Job assignment

The position will be part of a creative and varied environment in a dynamic interdisciplinary research group which studies the effect of geobiology on global biogeochemical cycles (ca. 12 people). The Research Engineer will be responsible for the operation of the Biogeochemistry laboratory, which includes responsiblity for lab safety, risk analysis and the handling of chemical wastes according to Lund Universitys guidelines, and for ordering supplies for the group.

The Research Engineer will preform laboratory analysis to support the research project and will be responsible for a SmartChem discrete analyser and for measurements of 210Pb using gamma spectroscopy. The Research Engineer, in addition to documenting data in the project, will be involved in the analysis and discussions of the results with other researchers.

The Research Engineer should be able to take initiative, work well with other people, is structured and flexible. The position offers possibilities for professional development and for the acquisition of new skills. In our research we will use new approaches, which encourages independent thinking.

Desirable skills and qualifications

The research engineer should have the following qualifications:

  • a higher degree (at least MSc or equivalent) in (bio)-geosciences, chemistry or other related fields.
  • the ability to manage and lead the laboratory so that it functions satisfactorily.
  • practical experience of laboratory work, especially wet chemistry, which includes the use of corrosive fluids.
  • experience of different analysis techniques such as heavy liquid floatation and handling of instruments such as Spectrometers are an advantage.
  • good knowledge of English, in both speech and writing.
  • be able to speak Swedish.
  • good at communicating and being able to collaborate with researchers in the group.
  • be able to work independently.

Type of employment Probationary period
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-10-01
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/2127
  • Daniel Conley, Professor, +46462220449,
  • Vendela Breeze, HR administrator, +46462223085
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46462229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46462229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46462229366
Published 24.Jun.2019
Last application date 21.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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