Post doctoral researcher in Modeling of Aerosols, Cold Clouds and Climate

Lund University


October 3, 2021


Lund University, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Subject description The chief reason for scientific uncertainty about how much climate change will occur for a given scenario of future emissions of greenhouse gases is that clouds are especially challenging to represent in numerical models. Clouds affect the Earth's radiation budget and changes in their properties can reinforce or offset any ongoing climate change.

Most of the volume of the troposphere is subzero. There any clouds contain ice. There has been controversy about initiation of ice in clouds, especially regarding the identity of aerosol species (‘ice nuclei') initiating the first ice and whether their action is appreciably time-dependent.

This project aims to represent lab observations of ice initiation in a cloud model and to investigate the effects from activity of ice nucleus aerosols on the cloud-scale.

The project is part of a larger collaboration between experimentalists and atmospheric modellers in Sweden at Lund, in USA and in Norway at Oslo.

Work duties The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct research. The work will involve numerical modelling. The researcher will develop microphysics schemes in a global model so as to treat various mechanisms of ice initiation. Satellite and other observations of clouds will be collected so as to verify the accuracy of the global model developments. Impacts on the climate from changes in ice-nucleating aerosols from anthropogenic emissions will be evaluated.

This will involve coding with FORTRAN 90 in a UNIX Environment. The work will be performed in a team of atmospheric modellers at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science.

Qualification requirements Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.


  • The applicant must have a PhD degree in meteorology (e.g. climate science)
  • Experience of FORTRAN in UNIX environment
  • Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • The PhD must have involved numerical modelling
  • It is desirable to have documented knowledge from their university education in:

  • Mathematics, especially differential equations
  • Numerical methods and/or computer programming
  • Cloud physics
  • It will be advantageous if the applicant is experienced with modeling of either clouds or climate.

    In the application, applicants should provide evidence of how they meet these requirements.

    Assessment criteria and other qualifications This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers.

    Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

    For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research
  • Documented ability to write computer programs
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas noted above, such as cloud physics and modelling of either clouds or climate

    Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

    Terms of employment This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

    Instructions on how to apply Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages)
  • contact information of at least two references
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered
  • Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 10 January 2022 or according to agreement for two years Salary Monthly salary Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 % City Lund County Skåne län Country Sweden Reference number PA2021/2881 Contact

  • Vaughn Phillips, Senior University Lecturer, +46 46 222 17 32,
  • My Geborek, HR coordinator, +46 46 222 48 53,
  • Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
  • Published 10.Sep.2021 Last application date 03.Oct.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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