PhD Position in Meteorology
Uppsala University Department of Earth Sciences

PhD Student in Meteorology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department's programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet).

The Programme for Air, Water, and Landscape Science (LUVAL) encompasses education and research in meteorology, hydrology, environmental analysis, and physical geography.

Duties/Project description: Polar lows, which is also called Arctic hurricanes, are intense mesoscale cyclones over high-latitude oceans. They pose considerable risk to the Arctic activities. However, polar lows are hard to be predicated by today’s forecast models due to their small scale and short life. Many air-wave-sea-ice interaction processes are important for the polar low development, however, they are poorly understood and represented in the forecast models. This limits our understanding and leads to the poor prediction skill of polar lows. Based on an state-of-the-art atmosphere-wave-ocean-ice coupled system, the role of atmosphere-wave-ocean-ice coupling process on the development of polar lows will be investigated under different atmospheric and oceanic environment in this project. Another aim of this project is to investigate the polar low trend in future climate based on the fully coupled system. And the role of polar lows on the polar climate will also be explored.

Requirements: The applicant shall have a university science degree in meteorology or similar. Other technical or science degrees may also be considered, in particularly oceanography. The successful candidate shall have a solid base in mathematics, physics, and basic computer skills.

Additional qualifications: Previous knowledge in programming, numeral methods and modelling is an advantage.

You can read more about being a PhD student at disciplinary domain of science and technology.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 01-05-2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Lichuan Wu, e-mail: or Anna Rutgersson, e-mail:

Please submit your application by 8 february 2021, UFV-PA 2020/4512.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Earth Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4512

Last application date: 2021-02-08

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