Laboratory technician position at the Department of Biology, Terrestrial Ecology Section

A position as skilled laboratory technician is available at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology, Terrestrial Ecology Section, commencing 01.08.2022 or shortly thereafter.

Description of the environment

The Department of Biology is one of the largest departments at the University of Copenhagen, with approx. 500 employees, covering technical staff, scientific staff, PhD's to Professors, plus administration and teaching support. The Department's research activities cover everything in the biological world – from the smallest constituents of life, DNA and proteins, to the diversity of the plant and animal kingdom. The Terrestrial Ecology Section links ecology with biogeochemistry, soil biology and ecosystem-atmosphere interactions, and embraces field as well as laboratory approaches. The section is a diverse, international and ambitious group, comprising research and teaching staff members, laboratory technicians, PhD candidates and MSc and BSc students, with focus on many aspects of plant and microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and global change.

Main tasks and responsibilities

The tasks of the successful applicant will include the support of staff and students in the laboratory, including for example molecular work, microbial ecology work (e.g. culturing, microscopy), gas chromatography (GC), GC-Mass Spectrometry, Proton-transfer-reaction mass-spectrometry, nutrient and carbon analyses. Assistance in teaching, maintaining laboratory work flows and running small, independent projects are also a part of the responsibilities of the successful applicant.

Skills and qualifications

We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague with interest in method development, in assisting and running ecological experiments, and with good computer - and basic data processing skills. Good English skills, written and spoken, are an advantage, as we house people from many different countries.

We are aware that we cannot find a candidate with all the skills matching our needs, but candidates with skills in several of the areas mentioned above will be preferred (see main tasks and responsibilities above). Willingness to acquire new skills is expected.

Terms of employment

The employment is made in accordance with the Collective Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Organizations of Public Employees – governmental institutions (the OAO-S collective agreement) and the Professional Agreement for clerical employees, laboratory technicians and IT-officers in the state.

You will be employed as a laboratory technician at salary grade 4. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  The working time is 37 hours per week on average.

Application procedure

If you find the job interesting, please send an electronic application with attachment via Jobportalen (click on the link "Apply Now" at the bottom of the post) no later than 02.06.2022.

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • CV incl. a brief outline of previous work
  • Reference letters

The University of Copenhagen seeks to reflect society and encourages applications irrespective of personal background.

Further questions

Any questions about the position may be directed to head of section Riikka Rinnan (, 51827039) or laboratory technician Gosha Sylvester (, 40458144).

The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Denmark's largest science research and education institution with 4,000 employees and 9,700 Bachelor and Master's students in 12 departments. The Faculty has an annual budget of DKK 3 billion.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 02-06-2022
Employment start: 01-08-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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