Postdoctoral Fellow in Modeling Polar and Mid-Latitude Climate Connections

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 polar regions of the Earth are warming faster than the rest of the world which is manifested in a dramatic loss of sea ice. The underlying processes of the observed accelerated changes are not fully understood, yet they propagate through the entire global climate system with impacts on weather, ecosystems, and geopolitics. The overarching goal of this post-doc project is to understand how changing aerosol emissions and concentrations, cloud optical properties, and sea ice extent in the polar regions impact two-way interactions between polar regions and lower latitudes, e.g. in terms of atmospheric meridional heat transport, large-scale circulation, and precipitation patterns.

The position will be part of the new European Horizon 2020 project CRiceS (Climate Relevant interactions and feedbacks: the key role of Sea ice and Snow in the polar and global climate system). The overarching objective of CRiceS is to deliver an improved understanding of the physical, chemical and biogeochemical interactions within the ocean-ice/snow-atmosphere system; new knowledge of polar and global climates; and enhanced ability of society to respond to climate change. As part of CRiceS, the PostDoc will join a broad international research community consisting of 21 international research teams at the forefront of polar and global climate research. 

Main responsibilities
The main task is to perform idealized simulations with the Earth system model NorESM as a part of a multi-model experiment within CRiceS, and to analyze the output from the models to understand processes that drive interactions between polar regions and lower latitudes as well as their structural uncertainty. The successful candidate will also work together with a PhD student within CRiceS to improve critical processes related to aerosol-cloud-interactions in NorESM. The candidate will be able to shape the project together with the project leaders, within this general framework.

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 should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

The degree should 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 general area of the announced position. Attention will also be given to the ability to work independently and as part of a group.

The applicant should have excellent knowledge of both oral and written English.

PhD students may apply for the position if they expect to receive the PhD degree before the starting date of the position.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 1 April, 2022, 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 Prof. Annica Ekman, telephone: +46 8 16 23 97,

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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Deadline: 2022-01-17 at 23:59

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Post expires on mandag januar 17th, 2022