Karlstad University / Faculty of Health, Science and Technology / Department of Environmental and Life Sciences

Sapere Aude—dare to be wise—is our motto. Our students and employees develop knowledge and expertise that enrich both people and the world around them. Our academic environment is characterised by curiosity, courage and perseverance. Gender equality, diversity and a democratic approach form the foundation of our organisation. We are located in an active and scenic region and we promote sustainable development in close collaboration with the wider society.
Karlstad University has a total of approximately 1,400 employees and 17,300 students spread across two inspiring campus environments in Karlstad and Arvika.
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We are looking for a project assistant for laboratory work in the genetics and ecology of insects. We offer a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a research environment as well as experience with a widely used model organism (Drosophila melanogaster), as well as the potential for field work with wild insects (Odonates) and being part of an expanding evolutionary ecology research group at Karlstad University. An example of the types of projects you will participate in can be found here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ele.14140


The main duties consist of: 1) routine maintenance of laboratory populations of fruit flies, such as preparing food and transferring flies to new containers according to a set schedule 2) assist in preparing and completing experiments and recording data, including long-term experimental evolution studies, and 3) assist in local field surveys of wild populations of Odonates (damselflies and dragonflies). Work will mainly take place in the laboratory at Karlstad University, but during the spring and summer there is an opportunity for local fieldwork, with a focus on studies of wild insect populations.

To contribute to a positive work environment and further the department’s activities, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.


Applicants are required to

  • Have a master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., a focus in ecology or evolutionary biology)
  • Have experience handling and working with insects. Prior experience working with fruit flies, and/or Odonates will be given high priority
  • Be proficient in both Swedish and English.
  • Clearly demonstrate an interest in evolutionary biology, genetics or ecology.

Considerable weight will also be given to

Personal qualities such as good cooperative skills, sound judgement, ability to take responsibility, show commitment and a positive attitude towards colleagues. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 

Meritorious qualifications

  • Experience with statistical computer programs such as R
  • Driver’s license.

Fixed-term position, 50% of full-time through December 2024. Start date in April 2024, as agreed by both parties. There may be a possibility for extension depending on external funding   

Further information
Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities, and life experiences. [JB1] 

Submit the application via the university’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi.

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • documented account of the applicant’s qualifications in relation to the duties of the position
  • copies of course transcripts, degree certificates, and other certificates
  • Contact information for two references, at least one of which is a current or former supervisor.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application. Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Application deadline: 2024-03-03

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 240401
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 50%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2024/25
  • Stephen de Lisle, 072-1562047
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 09.Feb.2024
Last application date 03.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET

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