Laboratory Technician in Marine Microbiology: Sweden

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.

The current opening as a laboratory technician is part of a research group in marine microbiology where focus is on diversity, distribution and activity of marine N2 fixing planktonic microorganisms.

Main responsibilities

Principal responsibilities include general management tasks e.g. chemical and reagent inventories, ordering, organizing group meetings, and laboratory work including nucleic acid extractions, making media for cultivation of marine microalgae, molecular method development and optimizations, single cell type assays and preparing samples for high throughput sequencing (e.g tagged NGS).

Qualification requirements

The laboratory technician is appointed primarily for purpose of research and must hold a Swedish Master’s degree or an equivalent degree from another country – or experience that the employer deems equivalent – in microbiology or related field. The applicant should have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  1. Basic molecular methods including nucleic acid extractions, PCR, cloning and sequencing.
  2. Knowledge of statistical approaches for analysis of biological data including routine sequence comparisons (e.g. BLAST).
  3. Experience in media making, sterile techniques, and cultivation.
  4. Experience working at sea or willingness to go to sea for specified periods of time in excess of 30 days.
  5. Excellent skills in both spoken and written English, and be a good collaborator.

Terms of employment

This is a part-time (50 %) employment for six months, with the possibility of an additional twelve months’ employment. A further extension of the employment and a full-time employment are possible if enough funding is secured. Salaries at Stockholm University are determined individually; therefore, please indicate your requested salary. Start date immediately.

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 Dr. Rachel A Foster, telephone: +46 8 16 12 07,

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