Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Ocean; Ice Dynamics Focusing on North Greenland
Stockholm University Department of Meteorology

Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Ocean–Ice Dynamics Focusing on North Greenland

Ref. No. SU FV-0947-21


at the Department of Meteorology. Closing date: 30 April 2021.

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

This two-year postdoctoral position will examine interactions between Arctic Atlantic Water and the North Greenlandic Ice Sheet. A focus is the Ryder Glacier, which has Greenland's third largest floating ice tongue. We have unique oceanographic and geophysical data from this remote and previously unchartered part of the Arctic Ocean, obtained during an icebreaker expedition in 2019. The data raise some fundamental questions on the interplay between basal ice-tongue melt and local fjord geometry, as well as on the relation between Arctic Atlantic Water temperatures and the stability of the North Greenlandic Ice Sheet.

The project will involve theoretical and numerical modelling and examine questions including:

  1. Dynamics of the Atlantic Water circulation in the Arctic Ocean, emphasising the seas off North Greenland.
  2. The dependence of basal ice melt on fjord–ice-tongue geometry and Arctic Atlantic Water features.
  3. The dynamics of Ryder Glacier and its long term evolution in a climate perspective.

Depending on the successful candidate's expertise and interests, a more individually-designed postdoc project may be developed from these broader scientific questions. The postdoc position is part of an international project, including Stockholm University and US partners, that investigates the development and dynamics of the North Greenland's marine cryosphere and its broader role for climate and sea level rise. The position is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Main responsibilities

The position mainly 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.

PhD students are welcome to apply, the doctoral degree must be completed by the starting time of the position.

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.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills within physical oceanography, geophysical fluid and glacial/ice-sheet dynamics. Attention will also be given to the ability to work independently and as part of a group, as well as to analytical and numerical skills.

The doctoral degree should be in atmospheric physics, meteorology, oceanography, climate science or in a related field.

An excellent command of written and spoken English is required.

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 September 2021 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,

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 2 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the project
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project
  • 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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Closing date: 30/04/2021


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