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 7 400 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 Lithosphere and Biosphere Sciences.

The Department of Geology (see presently has c. 40 researchers/teachers, c. 20 PhD students and c. 25 technical/administrative staff. At the department research and education within the entire field of geology is carried out. A particular focus is on chronology and the dating of geological material, and at the department there are several dating laboratories, including for 14C, Ar-Ar, dendrochronology, palaeomagnetism and luminescence.  This position is placed at the luminescence laboratory to which a small research group is associated, and in which the laboratory assistant will be a key part.

Job assignment

The position, which is at 50%, is connected to a three-year research project at the Lund Luminescence Laboratory at the Department of Geology. The main tasks are preparation, measurement and handling of geological samples for luminescence dating, which includes grain-size analyses, crushing, mineral separation, acid treatment (incl. HF), measurement of samples in an OSL-reader as well as sample archiving and documentation in the laboratory’s data bases. Other treatments or measurements of sediment samples may occur, as may supervision of students or visiting researchers in the laboratory, the latter together with the lab manager. A large part of the work is carried out in a darkroom and partly in an environment with a weak radiation source. The person is expected to be in charge of the daily running of the laboratory, including maintenance, purchasing and other general laboratory work, and together with the laboratory manager plan and develop the work in the laboratory.


We are looking for a person with previous experience of laboratory work and preferably also a background in geology.

The following qualifications are required:

  • Training and/or significant experience of laboratory work.
  • Good knowledge in Swedish/Scandinavian and/or English, written and oral.
  • Good competence in common office software, particularly Excel.

The following qualifications are desirable:

  • Geological education and experience of geological analyses are considered strong merits.
  • Experience of geochronology, particularly luminescence dating and work with a Risø TL/OSL reader.
  • Education in and knowledge of radiation protection.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment of chemicals and laboratory work.
  • Experience of laboratory management including documentation.
  • Careful, orderly, responsible and capable of independently planning and organising a flexible work are highly desirable personal qualities.

Relevant training/experience should be documented.

Probationary period of six months may be applied.

Type of employment Probationary period
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment As soon as possible or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/2484
  • Helena Alexanderson, Professor, +46-222 44 83,
  • My Geborek, Human resources officer , +46-222 95 62,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46-222 93 66,
Published 08.Aug.2017
Last application date 08.Sep.2017 11:59 PM CET

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