Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on Isotope Studies of Aerosols and Gases over South Asia

Updated: 3 months ago

at the Department of Environmental Science . Closing date: 2 May 2022.

The Department of Environmental Science (ACES) is one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Science. The department consists of four units with more than 190 researchers, teachers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff from over 30 countries. Research and teaching focuses on atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, chemical contaminants and (eco)toxicology. As an employee at the Department of Environmental Science you will be part of a dynamic environment with research in leading research areas and with a strong international profile. We are also immersed in the interdepartmental Bolin Centre for Climate Research, a national centre of excellence. 

Project description
The postdoc will be immersed in strong and long-standing research on the interlinkages between air pollution and climate change in South Asia. The department offers well-equipped analytical facilities for addressing these questions with advanced molecular, isotopic and optical measurement techniques. We have a large international collaborative network and great access to strategic and well-equipped atmospheric receptor observatories in South Asia. The post-doc will be centrally engaged in this international cooperation including field-based campaigns.

Main responsibilities
Atmospheric particles such as combustion-derived black carbon (BC, soot), organic carbon (OC), sulphate and dust play central roles in climate change and air pollution, yet are poorly characterized. To reduce overall uncertainties, there is need for observation-based constraints on both the sources and composition-related optical properties of carbonaceous and other aerosol components. These observational studies can favourably be combined with modelling. Large quantities of methane, carbon monoxide and ozone-depleting gases are also emitted from the South Asian region, affecting climate and atmospheric chemistry. Despite much recent research focus, the sources and atmospheric fate of such gases are not well constrained. The post-doc may also engage in investigations of key gases using isotopic tools at our strategically located regional receptor sites. This allows detailed characterization of sources, atmospheric reactions and overall constraints of their atmospheric lifecycle.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. We are seeking a highly motivated person with a completed Ph.D. within the Environmental, Atmospheric and/or Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Engineering. Hands-on experience with operation and data processing of field-based aerosol and/or gas instrumentation is an important asset as is experience in laboratory analysis using GCMS and isotope techniques. Collaborative skills and well-developed proficiency in scientific writing are required.

The selection is based on the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the post-doc research project. Special emphasis is put on the applicant’s knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express her/himself verbally and in writing, analytical aptitude, creativity, initiative and independence, and a capacity for working together with others. The evaluation will be made based on the relevance of past research, education and experience, the quality and ambition of earlier research work, references, a cover letter motivating the candidate’s interest, and interviews.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. 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 Professor Örjan Gustafsson, also Director of the Maldives Climate Observatory – Hanimaadhoo, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 02/05/2022

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