Postdoctoral Fellow in Stormtracks and Clouds
Stockholm University Department of Meteorology

Postdoctoral Fellow in Stormtracks and Clouds Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-2579-20


at the Department of Meteorology. Closing date: 7 August 2020.

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

Much of the cloudiness in Earth’s midlatitudes is generated by large-scale eddies within the stormtracks. In a warming climate, changes in the nature of these eddies and the environment in which the evolve leads to changed cloudiness, providing much of the global cloud radiative feedback that helps determine climate sensitivity. Moreover, cloud-radiation interaction affects the dynamics of individual eddies and of the stormtracks as a whole.

The aim of the project is to elucidate key physical mechanisms involved in the two-way interaction between extratropical eddies and clouds. To do so, we will test a series of hypotheses through the application of an eddy-tracking algorithm to study cloud-eddy interactions in observational data, CMIP6 climate model output, and tailor-made climate model experiments. The project will be carried out within the broader context of CONSTRAIN, an EU-funded consortium bringing together some of the leading European researchers in climate dynamics and climate sensitivity.

Main responsibilities

The postdoctoral fellow will play a central role in designing and executing project-related research tasks. The approach and methodology will be tailored to the fellow’s expertise and inclinations, within the scope of the project’s overaching goals. The fellow will be expected to present project results at international conferences and at CONSTRAIN consortium meetings, and to take the lead in writing up these results for publication in high-quality journals.

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, in atmospheric physics, meteorology, oceanography, climate science or in a related field.

Assessment criteria

Candidates should have obtained their PhD degree no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, including sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. PhD students are welcome to apply, but must have obtained their degree by the starting date of the position. 

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. 

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 2020-10-01 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 Rodrigo Caballero,

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 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: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 07/08/2020


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