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Research Engineer – Vegacenter ICPMS laboratory

Swedish Museum of Natural History
Stockholm, Sweden


The Swedish Museum of Natural History is a government agency with a mandate to promote knowledge, research and interest in our world. It is a prominent research institution and Sweden's largest museum. For more than 200 years, the museum has been collecting specimens and data and conducting research on life on earth. The collections contain more than 11 million plants, animals, fungi, environmental samples, minerals and fossils. All research and knowledge are shared in the exhibitions, Cosmonova and in activities at the museum and digitally.

The Department of Geosciences (GEO) at the Swedish Museum of Natural History hosts the NordSIMS-Vegacenter research infrastructure: a Swedish national facility for microanalysis and micro-imaging in Earth, environmental and planetary science, which comprises a range of state-of-the-art analytical and support facilities. The center is equipped with SIMS, TIMS, MC-ICPMS, HR-ICPMS instruments, two laser ablation systems, a gas chromatograph (GC), SEMs, and other supporting facilities (

The academic staff at GEO comprises an international team of research scientists who run externally funded projects and national and international collaborative research programs, manage and support infrastructure projects, and supervise researchers at PhD and post-doctoral level. Current research programs in isotope geochemistry are focused on crustal evolution, planetary sciences and low temperature geochemistry. The department also conducts mineralogical research and curates one of the major mineral collections in Europe.

Aufgaben und Einsatzfelder

Applications are invited for a full time position as a research engineer, at the Vegacenter laboratory for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS).

The research engineer will be responsible for operation and maintenance of both multi- and single-collector ICPMS instruments (Nu Plasma 3 and AttoM, Nu Instruments) and a laser ablation system (NWR193, ESI), as well as development and optimization of analytical methods. They will maintain good working relationships with users and instrument vendors, and enhance use of the facility by building collaborations with local and international academic and industrial clients. The candidate will also assist the TIMS laboratory team with operations. Prior TIMS experience is meriting, but not required.

The position offers the possibility of doing research in a field relevant to the department (up to 20% time allocation; not mandatory). Participation in general department tasks is expected, and the museum offers the opportunity to participate in public outreach activities.

More information about the Vegacenter can be found at: 

Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten

The successful applicant must hold at minimum an MSc degree (or equivalent) in geochemistry/inorganic chemistry or a related field. A PhD is meriting but not required. Experience with ICPMS operation is required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (in English) are essential.

The following aspects are considered meriting: experience with laser ablation ICPMS, clean-lab and wet chemistry experience, a significant record of method development, experience with GC and/or TIMS, experience with public outreach activities, a good publication record and experience with attracting research funding. The following personal characteristics are considered important: being well-organised, independent and meticulous, and having excellent collaborative skills.


Form of employment: Permanent employment

Scope: Full-time

Start date as per agreement. This is a permanent position with a six-month probationary period.


Last application date: 9/26/2023 11:59 PM

Reference number: 528-2023

You can apply for this job via: Send a digital application via this link. Applications (in English) should include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Summary of practical laboratory experience
  • Contact details of at least three reference persons (these will only be contacted if you are one of the final candidates, you will be informed beforehand)
  • Any other qualifications or information the applicant considers relevant.


Contact person

Ellen Kooijman

Head of Department of Geosciences

08-519 540 76

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