Meet our personnel

Meet some of our knowledgeable and committed employees, who will tell you about their day-to-day work at the Swedish Research Council.

Tomas Andersson, Senior Research Officer

Tomas Andersson

Photographer: Anders Norderman

Tomas Andersson has a PhD in Materials Science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He then started working as Senior Research officer at the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences, which merged with four other research councils in 2001 to form the Swedish Research Council.

Every year, I work with the review process for assessing the applications from researchers. The process also includes discussions on rules and practice with the researchers appointed in order to ensure the Swedish Research Council’s policy is complied with. Apart from this, my tasks have varied over the years. I have had many international assignments. For example, I work with bilateral calls together with China and India. I also work with a network of stakeholders to develop collaboration in research within the countries around the Baltic, and with researcher networks of European research councils supporting the EU’s flagship programme.

I am also the Swedish Research Council’s representative on EISCAT (radar system for studying the upper atmosphere), an international research infrastructure that we support, and that is just now facing a very interesting development.

What do you appreciate most?

My inner driver has always been to gain understanding of how the research system works, and to form an opinion on how it can best be developed. For this, the Swedish Research Council is the perfect place to work. Fundamental to enjoying your workplace is of course also having pleasant colleagues – which has always worked well at the Swedish Research Council. When you are familiar with the Swedish research system, it is also very stimulating to get an insight into how it works in other countries. And then the contacts you make are a further bonus. These days, I have friends all over the world.

Lena Hed, Communicator

Lena Hed

Photographer: Anders Norderman

Lena Hed studied history of ideas and media and communication studies, and has worked as a communicator within the private sector and within national and local government.

An ordinary day for me is often about familiarising myself with various issues, planning and producing documentation ahead of work meetings on several different projects. They might concern drawing up communication plans, making stakeholder analyses and activity plans, and implementing various communication inputs in the form of text production, meetings or seminars.

What do you appreciate most?

I like the strategic perspective – juggling ideas with highly skilled colleagues on how to handle a challenge or highlight a result in various ways, so that the issue receives notice in the right circumstances. Lots of very knowledgeable persons work here, and through my work tasks I am constantly learning new facts about the conditions for research, societal development and communication. We learn from each other. It is inspiring and fun to contribute by adding something new, improving the way we work, or bringing together different perspectives on an issue. If you are curious and good at collaborating in varying and ever-changing constellations, keeping your own projects going while at the same time being part of a larger department, then you will like it here.

Maud Quist

Maud Quist, Analyst

Maud Quist started out as a researcher in plant ecology. She then worked as an investigator for the then Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, and is now an analyst at the Swedish Research Council. She has also worked as a desk officer at the Ministry of Education and Research.

I work mainly with various types of interesting evaluations and inquiries. The assignments cover very diverse areas within research and research policy. We often receive Government mandates, as the Swedish Research Council also has the task of advising the Government on research-related issues. My work has included the Swedish Research Council’s input to the Government bill on research and innovation.

The work I do may relate to following up targeted research initiatives, evaluating the scientific quality and and impact of research in society, developing proposals for models for follow-up and evaluation, and responding to Government proposals being circulated.

What do you appreciate most?

Having very interesting, varied and stimulating work to do! We often work in project form, which suits me. It is fun to collaborate in various constellations, with personnel members with varying backgrounds, towards a common goal. We often work together with external groups of international subject experts, so a lot of the work is done in English. I also like the actual craft involved in reading, writing and analysing.

Having good opportunities for professional development is also a plus. It is important to stay updated within current research policy issues and methodology development, for example through contemporary environment monitoring and relevant conferences and seminars.



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