Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Meteorology

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Jan 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-4747-22

at the Department of Meteorology . Closing date: 15 January 2023.

At the Department of Meteorology (MISU) at Stockholm University we conduct research and education in an international environment within four main areas: Atmospheric physics, Dynamic meteorology, Physical oceanography and Chemical meteorology. In all these areas there is a strong focus on the climate and on processes important for the climate and its development. The department includes some 75 individuals, of which about 35 are teachers and scientists, 25 PhD students and 15 administrative and technical staff. The department is part of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research that, together with other departments at the university covers research of most of the important aspects of the climate system and the Swedish e-Science Research Centre (SeRC) , where we together with KTH and other universities develop e-Science tools and infrastructure to promote scientific breakthroughs in climate science.

Project description
The project Amospheric rivers and the onset of Arctic melt - ARTofMELT investigates so-called Amospheric Rivers – distinct episodes with an inflow of warm and often moist air  – on the energy budget of the surface over Arctic sea ice. We are especially interested in if – and how – these influnce the timing of the annual start of the surface melt.

ARTofMELT is centered around a research expedition to the central Arctic Ocean on the Swedish icebreaker Oden in May and June 2023, organized by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. On this expedition we will, together with an international team of scientists, conduct detailed observations of the atmosphere, sea ice and upper ocean. The position is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Main responsibilities
Initial tasks include to prepare for and participate in the ARTofMELT expedition on the icebreaker Oden. Preparation can include both theoretical work, such as developing observation strategy analyzing observations and modeling data for climatological conditions, and practical preparations in installing or deploying instrument platforms for the expedition on the icebreaker Oden.

After the expedition, data from a large number of sources needs quality control, preparations into datasets and open publication of data. The scientific analysis of the data will start in parallel, in collaboration with the international teams of scientists. This may include both direct analysis and synthesis of data and numerical modeling.

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.

The doctoral degree must be in meteorology, oceanography, climate science, or in a related field.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills within the area of the project. Experience in working with inflows of warm and moist air in the Arctic as well as previous participationin earlier expeditions to the Arctic is considered as specially meritorious.

An excellent command of written and spoken English is required.

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 1 February 2023 or later 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 the project PI, professor Michael Tjernström. telephone: +46 8 16 31 10, .

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
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

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