Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Ocean Dynamics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 14 Feb 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-0122-23

at the Department of Meteorology . Closing date: 14 February 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 postdoctoral fellow will work on fundamental aspects of Arctic Ocean circulation, using theory, modelling, and observations. The understanding of the circulation of the intermediate Atlantic Water and the deep waters in the Arctic Ocean is limited. Important knowledge gaps include the mechanisms that drive the Arctic Atlantic Water flow and set its temperature and vertical extent. Among other things, these basins-scale features regulate the influx of Arctic Atlantic Water to deep fjords in North Greenland, and thereby control basal melt on marine glaciers. Interactions between topography, mean flows and eddies are central for shaping the Arctic Ocean circulation, and possible research topics include:

  • Topographic steering of the large-scale flow, and pathways of the Arctic Atlantic Water.
  • Topographic and hydraulic constrains on Arctic Atlantic Water driven basal glacier melt in Greenlandic fjord.

The research group include expertise in physical oceanography, marine geophysics, and glaciology. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and is a collaboration with scientists at University of Oslo.

Main responsibilities
The position involves research within the project. The appointed candidate is expected to contribute to research articles and to present research results at international scientific conferences.

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 with a focus on physical oceanography, geophysical fluid and glacial/ice-sheet dynamics. Focus will also be put on ability to work independently and in cooperation with others, analytical and numerical skills, written and spoken command in English.

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 spring semester 2023 or 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 Johan Nilsson, telephone: +46 8-16 17 16, .

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).

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

You are welcome to apply!

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