Job advertisement Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on N2O fluxes and nitrogen cycling on the East Siberian Arctic Shelf

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Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on N2O fluxes and nitrogen cycling on the East Siberian Arctic Shelf

Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on N2O fluxes and nitrogen cycling on the East Siberian Arctic Shelf


Stockholm University

Research in the environment and climate field is one of the strongholds of Stockholm University. The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) hosts approximately 200 researchers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff. Our research-oriented department hosts about 30 post-doc fellows and 50 Ph.D. students, recruited from all over the World. We are located in the Geoscience Building, together with other departments in the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, on the park-like campus Frescati in the northern reaches of Stockholm.


Stockholm, Sweden


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Ocean Sciences (OS)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
24 November 2019

7 November 2019

Job description

Project description
The East Siberian Arctic Shelf receives vast amounts of permafrost-derived carbon and nitrogen by coastal erosion and large rivers, and further harbors two thirds of the global subsea permafrost. While the carbon component of this system has been a research focus of Stockholm University for many years, nitrogen has received little attention and remains a source of uncertainty. Nitrogen cycling can influence greenhouse gas budgets (1) directly, by release or consumption of the strong greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), as well as (2) indirectly as nitrogen and carbon cycling are closely coupled and nitrogen availability is one of the factors limiting primary production in the Arctic Ocean.
Our research in this area is financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas).

Main responsibilities
This project will measure N2O fluxes between ocean and atmosphere and identify potential N2O sources, as well as quantify rates of key nitrogen cycling processes across the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. The position involves a field campaign to the study area and laboratory incubations with state-of-the-art, compound-specific isotope tools. The project will be embedded within ongoing research on biogeochemical cycles in Eastern Siberia in our group and international collaboration network. Our research group has extensive experience with greenhouse gas analysis, (compound-specific) isotopic and biomarker analysis of air, water, soil and sediment samples, as well as access to large databases and sample archives from the region.

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.
We are seeking a highly motivated person with a completed Ph.D. in e.g. Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences or Biology. Experience with greenhouse gas measurements, isotopic and chromatographic techniques as well as field sampling are all beneficial. A background in aquatic or terrestrial biogeochemistry or ecology would be highly suitable. Collaborative skills and well-developed proficiency in scientific writing are required.

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. The selection is based on the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the post-doc research project. Special emphasis is put on the applicant’s knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express her/himself verbally and in writing, analytical aptitude, creativity, initiative and independence, and a capacity for working together with others. The evaluation will be made based on the relevance of past research, education and experience, the quality and ambition of earlier research work, references, a cover letter motivating the candidate’s interest, and 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 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 Dr Birgit Wild, or Head of Unit Marcus Sundbom,

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).

How to apply

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 field/project described in the advertisement, why and how you wish to complete the project and 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).

URL to the recruitment system and application for this position here