Project assistant in environmental science

Linnaeus University

Kalmar, Sweden 🇸🇪

Welcome to Linnaeus University! We meet the societal challenges of today and tomorrow in a spirit of openness, curiosity and creativity. By creating arenas for exchange of knowledge from different subjects, fields and cultures, we open up for new ideas and create new opportunities for long-term sustainable societal development. Linnaeus University – where people grow.

The Department of Biology and Environmental Science is part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The research activities within this multidisciplinary department include the areas of aquatic ecology, cell and organism biology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, environmental science and environmental engineering as well as disease ecology.

The Department of Biology and Environmental Science in Kalmar seeks a project assistant for studies on microplastic contamination and separation from water and sediments.

Field of subject for the appointment                                                               

Environmental Science, with emphasis on microplastic contamination

Placement city                                                                                                                   


Terms of Employment                                                                                                 

The employment is 100% and lasts 4 months. Access as soon as possible.

Project description                                                                                                     

There have been large amounts of microplastics (MPs) entering aquatic environments through treated and untreated stormwater. Strategies for effectively removing MPs from stormwater, therefore, is a topic that is gaining more and more attention. Our project aims to evaluate one possible solution to remove, and therefore diminish the quantity of MPs discharged into aquatic environments via stormwater. More specifically, we will conduct a series of tests to check the efficiency of a technique involving particle separation from water by generating multiple vortices. We will also separate MPs from sediments and water and sort them according to existing techniques. This technology has been successfully used to separate biological microscopic components in body liquids.

Entry requirements                                                                                                         

A person fulfils the general entry requirements if she/he has:

  • Undergraduate studies in a related field: environmental science, geology, biology or engineering.
  • Experience in fieldwork and laboratory practices.
  • Documented experience on microplastic classification and separation in environmental samples.

Other assessment grounds

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge in Swedish language (beginner level) will be an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently to solve problems.
  • Capacity to interact well in a research group (i.e. team work).

For more information, please contact                                                                   

Professor Marcelo Ketzer, tel:0480-44 62 55, E-mail: 

Head of Department Jonas Waldenström, tel:0480-44 61 95, E-mail:

Human resources consultant Marianne Palmér, tel:0480-44 73 03, E-mail:

Welcome with your application no later than January 4, 2023.

The application in English should contain a CV (with the applicant’s phone number and e-mail and contact details including phone number and e-mail of two reference persons), documentation of exams and grades, an application letter describing personal motivation and experiences relevant to the research project,copy of passport and any other documentation that the applicant would like to present. 

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. The credentials you invoke must be verified with certification and they must be attached digitally in your application. The application and other documents to be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.

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