Elin Austerheim_2

Interview with an IRIS researcher

Name: Elin Austerheim
Age: 35
Position: Laboratory Engineer
MSc in Marine Ecology
What inspired you to become a scientist?
Watching endless of scientific documentaries throughout my adolescence and being fascinated and envy of the cool jobs a scientist can have! Later in life, I got inspired during my studies, especially being able to travel out in the field to do practical work and actually collect the data you want to study.
What do you like the most about your job?
I like the flexibility that we have here at IRIS, and that we have the possibilities to work across research groups - even at different departments. I think this broaden our horizon, and for me personally makes it very interesting to work at IRIS. I have great colleagues and we have a fantastic good work environment at the Petroleum Laboratory, plus that I like being a lab-rat J
What are you working on right now?
SCAL (Special Core Analysis) on oil -and gas reservoir cores

What has been your best IRIS-moment so far?
Standing out on the sea-ice in Svalbard in the end of March, with spectacular light and massive landscape all around, drilling sea-ice cores to contribute to the research for a better understanding on the effect of an oil-spill in the Arctic environment. I’m fascinated by the Arctic and can not imagine a better task than to work outside on the Arctic sea-ice, so this is without question the best IRIS moment so far.