Researcher in Exposomics (temporary employment)


Ref. No. SU FV-2177-22

at the Department of Environmental Science. Closing date: 27 June 2022.

The Department of Environmental Science (ACES) is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Science. The department consists of four units with more than 190 researchers, teachers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff from over 30 countries. Research and teaching focuses on chemical contaminants, atmospheric science, biogeochemistry and (eco)toxicology. As an employee at the Department of Environmental Science you will be part of a dynamic environment with research in leading research areas and with a strong international profile.

The National Facility for Exposomics is a new pilot facility at Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab), hosted by ACES. SciLifeLab is a national research infrastructure with a mission to provide cutting-edge, unique, and enabling molecular technologies to the Swedish research community, including to support large-scale initiatives addressing societal grand challenges. The exposome concept promises to reveal environmental causes of toxicity and disease, and the chemical component of the exposome is increasingly accessible to scientists through high resolution mass spectrometry and computational workflows.

Project description
A PhD-level scientist with previous post-doctoral experience is sought to manage new and existing projects at the National Facility for Exposomics. The projects are based on LC- and GC-Orbitrap mass spectrometry analysis of biological and environmental samples, with data processing by open science nontarget workflows.

Main responsibilities
Main responsibilities are to coordinate and participate in daily work at the National Facility for Exposomics, including to manage interactions with user researchers, and to actively participate in technology development with regards to hardware, analytical methods and software applications. You will work closely with the Facility Scientific Director (Jonathan Martin) and the Metabolomics Platform Management Group. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Establish projects with external users, communicate facility capabilities and prices, and coordinate project logistics from sample receipt to data delivery
  • Supervise and participate in sample preparation and extraction in the laboratory
  • Supervise data acquisition strategies and take leadership in data analysis
  • Responsibility for data delivery and data security, maintaining documentation, and adhering to best practices in quality assurance and quality control
  • Allocate budgetary and personnel resources to projects, and manage internal timelines
  • Lead workshops or contribute to courses to facilitate open science data analysis workflows in exposomics
  • Proactively work on facility collaborations, and initiate internal or external grant applications in support of facility infrastructure and technology development
  • Actively participate in the Metabolomics Platform Management Group
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with SciLifeLab National Bioinformatics Infrastructure (NBIS), and SciLifeLab Data Centre
  • Take initiative for the timely procurement of equipment and resources used at the facility.

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 analytical chemistry, qualitative and quantitative quality control, high resolution mass spectrometry, knowledge and working experience with open science resources and software for nontarget analysis, metabolomics or exposomics. Demonstrated skills in R, Python, and multivariate statistics are also key considerations, as are strong communication abilities in English speech and writing. Previous postdoctoral experience in high resolution mass-spectrometry based exposomics or metabolomics is mandatory. The successful candidate must have strong practical and theoretical knowledge of sample preparation, GC- and LC-based separations, and high-resolution mass spectrometry analysis. 

Terms of employment
This is a full-time employment with a fixed term of one year (temporary substitute employment). Start date 2023-01-01, or as per agreement.

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 Jonathan Martin,  telephone: +46 72 146 27 73,

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
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 27/06/2022

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