Research Engineer in Biodiversity Informatics

Published: 2018-06-15

Project description
The position will be associated with the Biodiversity Atlas Sweden (BAS) project (, a research infrastructure project funded by the Swedish Research Council. Biodiversity and ecosystems research are rapidly developing into big-data sciences, modeling processes that affect entire biotas and predicting system-wide effects of environmental change. BAS is designed to be the key driver and facilitator of biodiversity data in Sweden, providing data and analysis services for innovative, interdisciplinary research on biodiversity and ecosystems. BAS is based on the Atlas of Living Australia web-based infrastructure for mobilizing, collecting, managing and analyzing biodiversity data.

Main responsibilities
The position will involve the processing, storage and mobilisation of molecular biodiversity data (from metabarcoding and metagenomics surveys). The Research Engineer will work in a team of bioinformaticians/programmers from Swedish universities and organisations within the BAS collaboration, and within the international Living Atlases Community. SciLife Lab at Karolinska Institutet is the main workplace, but you will work part time at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University.

Qualification requirements

  • Degree in bioinformatics/computer science/system development or corresponding competence
  • Excellent programming skills, experience with Python, Perl, Java or C/C++
  • Experience with version control software, such as Git.
  • Experience of using Linux/UNIX systems
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English


  • Experience in bioinformatics, sequencing and working with large volumes of data (e.g. NGS data)
  • Experience in biodiversity research
  • Experience in web application development
  • Experience in database development

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to the merits relevant for the qualification requirements listed above.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of one year, with the possibility of extension. Start date as per agreement.

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 Anders Andersson,


Read more and apply via the Stockholm University website.

Ref. No. SU FV-2191-18