The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 135 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental management. The main research areas are: Biogeography and Geomatics, Climate science and quaternary geology, Environment, resource dynamics and management, Geomorphology and glaciology, and Hydrology, Water resources and permafrost. 

Each year scientists and students visit Tarfala research station to study glaciers and the subarctic alpine environment. Tarfala Research Station is remotely located just east of Kebnekaise and 24 kilometres from the nearest road in Nikkaloukta. The station has accommodation capacity for 36 visitors, a fully equipped kitchen, lecture room, sauna, laundry, laboratories for field experiments and a workshop.

Main responsibilities
Field assistants help with field measurements and daily tasks at the station, such as helping out in the kitchen, laundry and cleaning of common areas and toilets. The work as a field assistant in alpine terrain and on glaciers can be physically demanding under varying weather conditions during long hours.

The field season is divided in to three periods:

18/6 – 20/7 (arrival 18/6 departure 21/7)

19/7 - 20/8 (arrival 18/7 departure 21/8)

19/8 - 21/9 (arrival 18/8 departure 21/9)

You can apply for all three periods, but no field assistant will be hired for more than one period. Travel to and from Tarfala Research Station includes a hike of 24 kilometres in mountainous terrain.

Qualification requirements
Main focus will be on personel characteristics since the work is carried out in a demanding environment. The staff makes a small unit that must be able to work together as a team to run the daily business. It requires good interpersonal skills, flexibility and responsiveness. Applicants should be interested in science and research and have experience from mountain environments. University studies in environmental related science and experience of working in similar environment are qualifying. To cope with the work at the station is required for the field assistants to be in good shape. Minimum age for employment: 18 years.

Terms of employment
Employments are temporary. The salary is 400 SEK per day for field assistants. The cost of food and accommodation is included but is subject to benefit taxation. Arrival and departure days do are not considered as working days. Cost for travel to/from Tarfala is reimbursed with up to max 3,000 SEK.

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 Superintendent Torbjörn Karlin, telephone: +46 8 16 42 20,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. 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.

Only include the cover letter and CV in your application. Bring copies of grades and certificates if you are called to an interview.

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

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