Researcher in Database Development, Data Mining and Analyses of Soil Data

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 13 Mar 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-0721-23

at the Department of Physical Geography . Closing date: 13 March 2023.

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 110 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and management. The main research areas are: Landscape, Environment and Geomatics, Climate Science and Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology and Glaciology, and Water, Permafrost and Environmental systems. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department.

Project description
Healthy soils support ecosystem functioning, biogeochemical cycling and provide humanity with food, fuel and fiber. Globally, degrading soils are losing both fertility and carbon content, and thus also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The European Union (EU) is strongly committed to develop sustainable farming practices and improve soil fertility across Europe. The Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University is a partner in two EU funded projects on these topics and we are looking for a researcher in database development, data mining and data-model integration. These research projects aims to harmonize European soil data from both in-situ and remote sensing data, develop predictive soil modeling, and advance the frontiers of understanding soil processes and fertility.

The selected applicant will work in one or both of the following projects:

Main responsibilities
This research scientist position will be responsible for soil database development and integration, as well as data mining of legacy soil data. It involves interactions with multidisciplinary groups consisting of soil scientists, biologists, geographers, ecologists, and modelers. We are looking for a researcher with experience of working with NoSQL and relational databases (e.g.  MongoDB or PostgreSQL), data mining and data-model integration.  The position requires a PhD in a relevant field, including computer science, data science, environmental science, geoscience or ecology.

Qualification requirements
Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills, database development knowledge and data mining and analyses skills. 

Required qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of NoSQL and relational databases
  • Experience of data-mining and management of large amounts of geo-data
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Independence and critical thinking demonstrated by publications
  • Excellent communication skills in English.

 Desired qualifications include:

  • Knowledge in soil science, ecology or biogeochemistry
  • Hands-on experience with data analysis and applications thereof
  • Previous experience of Machine Learning applications
  • Previous experience with algorithm development
  • Previous experience of data-model integration.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of one (1) year. Start date 2023-06-01 or as per agreement thereafter.

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 Thomas Gumbricht,  , Stefano Manzoni, or Gustaf Hugelius, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), 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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