Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Hydrogeology/Geochemistry/Geophysics

Stockholm University Department of Geological Sciences


Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Hydrogeology/Geochemistry/Geophysics

Ref. No. SU FV-0109-21


at the Department of Geological Sciences. Closing date: 28 February 2021.

Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world´s most dynamic capitals. The University has more than 33 000 students, 1600 doctoral students and 5500 staff members active within natural science and human science.

The Department of Geological Sciences is a department within the Faculty of Science with about 70 employees and 1000 students. The department supports a broad range of basic research within marine geology, geochemistry and classical geology.

Project description

This two-year postdoctoral position is part of a larger project investigating the development and dynamics of the marine cryosphere (including ice sheets, glaciers, floating ice tongues, sea ice, and subsea permafrost) and ocean conditions of northern Greenland, with a particular emphasis on the unexplored Sherard Osborn Fjord that connects the Ryder Glacier to the ocean at the southern Lincoln Sea and the northern Nares Strait.

The larger project covers a broad range of disciplines including atmospheric chemistry and physics, archeology, biology, climatology, ecology, genomics, glaciology, oceanography, marine geology, geophysics and geochemistry.

This project will focus on methane along the northern coast of Greenland. The aim is to investigate the marine system from a methane dynamics perspective – what are the main sources and sinks at present, and how will the system respond to glacier tongue retreats and other climate warming-induced changes to the local environment? Unique data from two icebreaker expeditions in 2015 and 2019 to the coastal seas and fjords along the north Greenland coast will be analyzed.

The postdoctoral project can take different directions depending on the applicant’s background and interests. It may, for example, take a geochemical focus: e.g. analyses of geochemical measurements such as isotope ratios, and chemical composition of air, water, and/or sediment.

A more hydrogeological/geophysical approach is also possible where, for example, hydrogeological numerical modeling based on field observations constitutes the main component of the postdoctoral project.

The applicant should describe their preferred focus, and outline potential scientific questions which they could address, when applying.

Main responsibilities

The appointed candidate will be expected to contribute to research articles and to present key 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.

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.

Experience of previous work with research related to polar marine or atmospheric chemistry, methane dynamics, numerical modeling, and/or analysis of large datasets will be considered as advantages. Other qualifications are assessed on the basis of the applicant’s proposed approach for addressing the research questions.

The selection is based on how well the applicant is assumed to be able to complete the project tasks. Particular emphasis is placed on the applicant’s knowledge and skills within the subject of his/her proposed specialization, capability to express their work orally and in writing, creativity, ability to take initiatives, independence and ability to work with other researchers. The evaluation is based on previous education and experience, quality of previous published research, references, ambition expressed in the motivation letter, description of the proposed project direction and potentially interviews.

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 summer 2021 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Christian Stranne,, Professor Martin Jakobsson,, or research scientist Brett Thornton,

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. We recommend that you submit your application, including the necessary documents, in English.

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 including:
    • Why you are interested in the advertised research area and project?
    • What makes you a suitable candidate for this project?
  • Description of your proposed research focus and how you intend to address the project’s main research questions, which are defined in the project description (Max 3 pages).
  • CV, including information on education and work experience of relevance.
  • Exam certificates and grades that proves that you fulfill the requirement.
  • Up to 3 reference letters.
  • Up to 5 selected publications.

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 28/02/2021


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