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Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment (www.slu.se/aquatic-sciences) is a centre of excellence for applied environmental research, with a national responsibility for monitoring the environmental condition of Swedish lakes and watercourses in terms of water chemistry, environmental pollution, and aquatic biota. The research at the department focuses on geochemical and hydrological processes, aquatic ecology and biodiversity, aquatic ecotoxicology, and environmental chemistry. The department has over 130 employees, of whom around half are researchers/doctoral students and the other half technical and administrative staff. We are part of SLU's Soil-Water-Environment Center (MVM) at Campus Ultuna in Uppsala. The wide range of competences among the 300 people in the cluster, in combination with a well-equipped infrastructure creates a unique platform for high-quality research, as well as for environmental monitoring and evaluation. The department's biodiversity laboratory are used for aquatic biota, and these data are used to monitor long-term changes in the environment, develop assessment criteria and classify ecological status in order to plan measures.
Our biodiversity laboratory, which analyses samples from Swedish monitoring of lakes and watercourses and from research projects, needs to be strengthened with a phytoplankton taxonomist. You need to know the basics and enjoy microscopy. Species identification takes place mainly with keys in English and German. Fieldwork and writing reports may be required. Analyses of other groups of aquatic organisms will also be undertaken in the future.
Your closest colleagues will be our other taxonomists who analyse phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthic diatoms and invertebrates in freshwater.
Your main duties:
• Analyse phytoplankton, mainly from national environmental monitoring, and report to the data base for publication in the web portal Miljödata MVM
• Quality-assure data
• Stay up to date on relevant taxonomy
You have a university degree (in biology) or experience that the employer deems equivalent such as well-documented knowledge and ability in analyses of plankton. Previous experience of analysing mainly phytoplankton, but also zooplankton or non-motile diatoms is an advantage.
Language requirements: English and/or Swedish
As a person, you are accurate, efficient, flexible, and interested in morphological details and species identification. Great emphasis is placed on personal characteristics.
Place of work:
Form of employment:
Permanent employment. SLU uses probationary employment.
According to agreement.
We welcome your application no later than 2022-04-30, use the button below.
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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.
SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.