The position

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, The Faculty of Natural Sciences and CAGE, Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate, At UiT, The Arctic University of Norway collaborate to establish a new advanced low temperature microbiology laboratory. The main aim is to study the microorganisms that produce and consume methane under Arctic conditions. This is a long-term initiative where the announced position is planned to cover a key role both for the establishment of the laboratory and work planned for the coming years. The engineer will be involved in the acquisition and establishing of equipment and protocols for the laboratory. Furthermore, the engineer will be involved in developing and running experiments together with students and researchers in the lab. Most of the current work will be related to two ongoing projects: “Cells in the Cold”, which focus on the Time-dependent climatic regulation of cold CH4 emitting microbial ecosystems, and “Climagas”, which focuses on methane seeps in the Arctic tundra on Svalbard. In these projects we use a combination of process rate measurements, biochemical and molecular methods including metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to study methane oxidizing microorganisms. In the laboratory, we are establishing bioreactors and analytical equipment for real-time monitoring of methane dynamics. The engineer will be responsible for maintaining this equipment and running experiments related to these activities. The Engineer will be assigned administrative tasks for the group and also be involved in fieldwork activities.


We seek a candidate who is motivated for advanced experimental laboratory work in an international research environment in northern Norway. A Master in molecular biology or microbiology is an absolute requirement. Experience with establishment and maintenance of experiments with pure cultures of microorganisms or microbial microcosms is a requirement to apply. Experience with anaerobic fed-batch and closed-batch incubation systems is considered a substantial advantage. Laboratory experience that includes analytical work such as gas chromatography, laser spectroscopy, mass spectrometry or similar methods is also considered a substantial advantage. Experience with molecular work such as DNA and RNA extraction and PCR is considered an advantage. The same is true for fieldwork experience that includes sampling of soil and water samples for molecular work and methane and carbon dioxide measurements. Collaboration skills and the ability to work independently will be emphasized. Applicants must have a good command of English, both written and verbal, in accordance with these guidelines.The position will be part of an international project where the working language is English.

Conditions of employment

We are offering a fulltime position for 2.5 years. The position will be located in Tromsø, northern Norway.

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Further information

Additional information about the position can be obtained from: 

Alexander Tøsdal Tveit:

Mette Marianne Svenning: 



Application deadline:
Start date: Flexible
Location: UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway