Swerea has more than 500 employees, including both recent graduates and people with extensive industrial experience. Read about our employees' experiences from working at Swerea.
Martin Risberg, Swerea SWECAST
When I started at Swerea SWECAST in 2007, I had worked with development of cast components as a calculation engineer and wanted to learn more about research and how the production processes affect the final product.
There are many opportunities for development at Swerea. There aren't that many levels in the organisation, hierarchically, but there are excellent opportunities for working with what you like. If you have a good idea and can find financial backing, you can fully devote yourself to that particular field. Research focuses on benefits to industry and the results are intended to promote Sweden's competitiveness in the global market. That inspires me.
We work both with foundries and end-users of cast goods. Working together with businesses and other financial backers has given me a very interesting contact network. I've been able to move up at the company and now serve as a project manager for EU projects with responsibility for coordination.
Angelika Bachinger, Swerea SICOMP
I began working at Swerea SICOMP after earning my doctorate in materials chemistry. At Swerea I was able to gain a good understanding of how my research can be used to develop a sustainable future society. Ideas for new projects mostly originate from industrial or societal needs, but even those crazy ideas (we call them innovative) are welcome and they are discussed with no preconceived conclusions.
The projects I work with offer considerable variety, with both national and European research projects as well as industrial assignments. This makes my research extremely varied, spanning the range from innovative research to industrial implementation.
At Swerea SICOMP there are different opportunities for development, depending on personal preferences and expertise. Myself I prefer variation. This is why as early as my second year, I began working with project management, marketing and safety issues in addition to my research. I became a group manager in 2014, which entails ensuring that my staff has the best possible conditions for doing their jobs.
Kjell Arne Persson, Swerea KIMAB
I'm interested in research and have specialised in welding. In the nearly three and a half years I've worked at Swerea KIMAB, I've had the opportunity to concentrate on exactly the kinds of things that interest me.
As a research administrator, each project gives me new experiences and knowledge, both through the technical content and the close contacts with various companies, universities and institutes. Some projects involve international collaboration. One of our aims is to increase international exchange.
Ida Heintz, Swerea MEFOS
Research is about learning and having the opportunity to develop new things, so per definition, as a researcher you're constantly developing. I've worked at Swerea MEFOS for about six months. What's best about my job is the mix between the industrial and academic spheres. I've collaborated with colleagues at companies and learned about their challenges in production, at the same time as I've worked with my fellow researchers at universities and institutes. Together we create solutions that can be put to use within just a few short years. You're always learning something new. And I also really like the people I work with.
Dominique Thierry, Institut de la Corrosion
I was one of the founders of the Institut de la Corrosion (IC) in France in 2002, a subsidiary of the Swerea Group. Before that I worked for 17 years at the Korrosionsinstitutet (now Swerea KIMAB) in Sweden. Starting an institute from scratch was a major challenge and very stimulating. Swerea has considerable capabilities in playing a larger role internationally, so I hope we'll see more initiatives in this direction.
The opportunities for development are excellent at IC. We're still seeing a positive trend and we're growing, which is always nice. We also see opportunities for playing a larger role in Sweden. For me personally, it's interesting with a job that is so varying, with both technical and management issues to resolve.
Birgitta Öjmertz, Swerea IVF
I lead an initiative we call Production Leap (Produktionslyftet) and have been involved in setting up coaching activities at about 150 different companies since 2007. In Production Leap, Swerea serves both as a link between industry and academia, and as a practitioner. For me this means that I have a large contact network and can gain concrete experience when we join with companies and seats of learning to find optimal work methods and structures. The contacts with financiers, labour market parties and politicians are both rewarding and interesting.
When I started at Production Leap, I only had responsibility for smaller projects, so it's been a steep learning curve. The daily challenges and the good results combine to make my work feel incredibly exciting and meaningful.