Researcher in analytical chemistry with focus on polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-05720/2019

The School of Science and Technology is seeking a researcher in chemistry for a fixed-term appointment at MTM Research Centre.

The Man Technology Environment Research Centre (MTM) at Örebro University focuses on applied research on chemical compounds of different origin in the environment and their relations to sustainable development.

Within MTM, we are now establishing the Environmental Forensic (EnForce) Laboratory. It is a new research effort funded by the Knowledge Foundation research profile program in collaboration with ten partners from trade and industry. The main goal of the EnForce Laboratory is to track and identify environmental pollutants with a better understanding of their effects. The objectives of EnForce are to develop and apply advanced analytical methods including metabolomics, bioassay technologies and speciation for effect-directed analysis and hazard assessment of the full spectrum of toxicologically relevant anthropogenic chemicals, mixtures, transformation products and metals in the bio- and technospheres.

Duties and responsibilities

We are seeking a researcher in analytical chemistry. The main duty is to lead and supervise the development of chemical analysis of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The successful candidate will be responsible for development of chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods for PFAS and novel compounds. Responsibilities also include general maintenance of advanced analytical instruments in our well-equipped laboratory, supervision of students, teaching, and to communicate research results with researchers and industrial partners.


To be eligible for a position as a researcher the successful candidate should have obtained a PhD degree in analytical chemistry or an equivalent degree.

Assessment criteria

Documented knowledge and experience in analytical organic chemistry and mass spectrometry is a requirement. Knowledge and skills in PFAS analysis, total oxidizable precursor (TOP) assay, total organofluorine analysis (TOF) and development of analytical methods for human and environmental matrices is also strictly required. The successful candidate should be ambitious, analytically oriented, seeking new research questions, and have the ability to both co-operate and independently work with research. Proficiency in written and spoken English is a requirement. General assessment criteria include good interpersonal skills and an ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to perform the duties well.


Our ambition is to create a workplace that is characterised by gender equality and diversity.


The position is a full-time position for a fixed term of one year starting in November or December 2019. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, please contact assoc. prof. Leo Yeung +46 19 30 14 21 (This is an email address). For information about EnForce and MTM, please visit or contact prof. Magnus Engwall +46 19 30 36 06 (This is an email address) or Head of Unit, Mattias Bäckström, tfn 019-30 39 65, (This is an email address)


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter
  • CV
  • An account of research qualifications
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references
  • Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 191021. We look forward to receiving your application!

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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.