Postdoctoral Fellow in Aerosol forcing in Next-generation Climate models

Ref. No. SU FV-1533-23

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 65 individuals, of which about 30 are teachers and scientists, 20 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 postdoctoral fellow  will be associated with the EU Horizon 2020 project Next Generation Earth Modeling Systems (NextGEMS) which aims to develop and apply global cloud and ocean eddy resolving climate models. By actually resolving key feedback processes in the climate system at the kilometer scale, as opposed to the current state-of-the-art models, the next-generation models represent a step change in our ability to study clouds and aerosols in the climate system. The models will be run on European supercomputing facilities. The postdoctoral fellow will be actively involved in the collaborative development of the models, including testing and evaluation of key features, and in applying the models to problems related to clouds, aerosols and climate, such as estimating aerosol forcing, cloud feedbacks, pattern effects and climate sensitivity. The model development and application phases will both entail project-wide hackathons, that also include stake holder involvement.

Main responsibilities The successful candidate will be expected to develop, implement and utilize the new models, and work in close collaboration with other NextGEMS partners. The postdoctoral fellow will be primarily responsible for aerosol, aerosol-cloud interaction and aerosol forcing studies.

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 criteriaThe degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

The doctoral degree must 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 on ability to work independently and in cooperation with others, and written and spoken command in English.

Terms of employment The position involves full-time employment for two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as soon as possible.

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

ContactFurther information about the position can be obtained from Associate Professors Frida Bender,, and Thorsten Mauritsen,

Union representatives Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Application 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 (max 2 pages)
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Project plan – state why you are interested in the project, and what makes you suitable for the project. Also include a brief summary of the research plans you would like to pursue within the project
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Contact details for 2–3 reference persons
  • 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: 28/05/2023