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Job advertisement Post-Doc in Hydrological Research

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European Geosciences Union

Post-Doc in Hydrological Research

Post-Doc in Hydrological Research

Norrköping, Sweden


Relevant division
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
11 March 2024

21 February 2024

Job description

The unit for Hydrological Research works in Sweden, Europe and worldwide with developing Water and Climate services based on forecast and scenario tools. We assess and predict variability in water resources, climate change impacts, and water quality in catchments including pollutant transport. Our work aims to improve decision-making for water resource management and environmental control, as well as forecasting in early warning services for water-related sectors. We work directly with both external end-users and SMHI’s operational divisions. The unit is very international with some 42 employees from 15 countries.

We are now looking forward to employing one to three scientists with experience in hydrological modeling and development as well as evaluation of hydrological observations and model results

Work description:

You will work with hydrological models at continental and global scales, with large data both as observations and model results, where you need to develop various scripts to e.g. improve the model results with help of observations, homogenize input data, and develop hydrological process descriptions in the model.

We work in various projects and you will work in groups of different sizes with each project working towards achieving project-specific goals. The work includes scientific analyses, programming, quality control, and documentation. You are expected to publish at least one article in a scientific journal per year.

All work tasks require competence in hydrological modeling with different directions that distinguish the individual recruitments:

- Modeling stream flows at the European scale (new high-resolution HYPE models and calibration strategies)
- Global hydrological modeling of flows and transports (microplastics, sediment, and other transport processes in World-wide HYPE, development of processes in HYPE model and calibration)
- Large scale modeling of stream flows and nutrients in Europe and Sweden (development of processes in HYPE model and calibration)
One of the positions also includes work within the International Capacity Development where we e.g. help sister organizations in developing countries.

Your profile

We are looking for goal-oriented colleagues who are passionate about their work, meticulous, and comfortable working both independently and in teams. You have a doctoral degree in hydrology or closely related subject that SMHI deems equivalent. We especially welcome you who are at the beginning of your research career.

We are looking for you who have (requirement):

- Experience in hydrological modelling and analyses with a deep understanding of hydrological processes at different scales
- Demonstrated competence in developing, calibration, and evaluation of hydrological models
- Good knowledge in IT and programming in order to be able to handle and analyze large data associated with hydrological observations and model results
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Very good knowledge of English, both spoken and written

Preference will be given to those who have:

- Proficiency in R, Python, GIT or FORTRAN
- Competence in water quality modeling and processes
- Competence in developing large scale process-based hydrological models
- Work experience in low- and medium-income lands with focus on capacity development
- Experience with the hydrological model HYPE
- Basic knowledge of Swedish
- Well-developed professional network.

You are familiar with giving presentations and lectures, working in teams, agile approaches and delivering scientific results within defined project goals in a timely and qualitative manner. We work in a multicultural environment where good communication skills are required.

You are research-oriented with published scientific articles and have a scientific work approach with motivation to publish your results.

You already have a permit to live and work in Sweden (e.g. you have an EU citizenship).

Employment: Fixed-term employment for 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher according to the Agreement on limited-term employment valid in Sweden, with a possibility of extension with a total employment period not exceeding three years. We would like you to start in April 2024 or as soon as possible.

How to apply

Last day to apply: 11 March 2024

SMHI is an expert authority with a global outlook and a vital mission to forecast changes in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, we use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society. Every hour of every day, all year round.

SMHI is an Agency with a specific responsibility for civil preparedness. Therefore you could be appointed to be mobilised to SMHI for wartime posting.

Bear in mind that all the documentation and information you send to SMHI in conjunction with your application will be classified as public documents. This means that all the material contained in your application, including attachments, may be disclosed if so requested by a party, on the condition that the information is not subject to confidentiality in accordance with the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act. You should therefore primarily provide such information that you deem to be relevant in relation to the requirements of the position. Think about your own personal privacy, and avoid sharing information that contains sensitive personal data, or information about your health or that of a family member, your political views or religious beliefs.

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