atthe Department of Geological Sciences. Closing date : 1 July 2022.
Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world's
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doctoral students and 5 700 staff members active within the natural sciences
The Department of Geological Sciences is a department within the Faculty of
Science with courses at master's, bachelor's and orientation levels. The
department supports a broad range of basic research within marine geology,
geochemistry and classical geology.
Assessing the sea-level rise contribution from the North Greenland Ice Sheet
in a warming climate.
Sea-level rise caused by global warming is a serious threat to society and
vital economic infrastructures concentrated along the coastlines. Melting of
the Greenland Ice Sheet is currently the single largest contributor to
observed global sea-level rise, and its contribution is expected to increase.
The northern sector of the Greenland Ice Sheet holds over one meter of global
sea level; if its outlets glaciers lose their buttressing ice tongues they can
begin to flow as rapidly as their more southerly counterparts of the Ice
Sheet, and discharge ice formerly grounded on land to the ocean where it
contributes to accelerating sea-level rise.
This two-year post-doctoral project is aimed to carry out a detailed
investigation of the development of the North Greenland Ice Sheet and its
contribution to global sea-level rise until year 2300 under a range of IPCC's
climate scenarios. The goal is to provide lower and upper limits of the
potential contribution by the North Greenland Ice Sheet to global sea-level
rise, considering different ice–ocean–atmosphere feedback mechanisms, using a
state-of-the-art numerical ice-sheet and sea-level system model.
The project will capitalize on new constraints on physical conditions and
knowledge on the ice-dynamical processes and ice-ocean interaction based on
field data acquired during the successful Petermann 2015 and Ryder 2019
expeditions with Swedish ice breaker Oden. The Ice-sheet and Sea-level
System Model (ISSM) will be used to simulate the North Greenland Ice Sheet,
and the interaction of its marine outlet glaciers with the ocean, to quantify
contributions to sea-level rise under different climate scenarios. Special
emphasis will be placed on the dynamics and stability of the outlet glaciers'
floating ice tongues, and the implications which their partial or complete
disintegration have on ice discharge from the upstream drainage basins. This
two-year postdoctoral project is funded by the Swedish research council FORMAS
and the study forms an integral part of the North Greenland Earth-Ocean-
Ecosystem Observatory (GEOEO) Research Theme adopted by the Swedish Polar
Research Secretariat. Information about GEOEO can be found at:
https: // www. polar.se/en/research-support/polar-research-process/theme-geoeo/.
The goal is to obtain improved knowledge of the northern sector of the
Greenland Ice Sheet's contribution to future sea-level rise. An important task
for the candidate will be to set up the ISSM model for the North Greenland Ice
Sheet, to and carry out simulations to quantify its global sea-level
contributions while making optimal use of available field data constraints and
available relevant model output for future climate scenarios. Results from the
project work shall be disseminated through peer-reviewed research articles to
be published in international scientific journals. The possibility of
participating in the North of Greenland Expedition 2024 with Icebreaker
Oden can be investigated, depending on the applicant's qualifications,
interests and results obtained during the first 1.5 years of the project.
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.
The 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.
We seek candidates with a strong background in geophysics, physics or applied
mathematics with an interest to develop expertise in the modelling of
cryosphere–ocean–climate interactions. Documented previous experience of
numerical ice sheet modelling, glacier modelling, ocean modelling or Earth
System modeling is meriting. Likewise, it is meriting to have documented
experience in using High Performance Computing infrastructure, and in pre- and
postprocessing input to and output from numerical simulations. The candidate
should be fluent in English, and be able to work independently and in groups,
as well as towards deadlines as the project has specific sub-goals.
The selection among the eligible candidates is based on their expected
capacity to complete the project tasks. The following criteria are used to
assess this capacity: the applicant's documented knowledge and skills within
the subject of their proposed specialization, capability to express their work
orally and in writing in English, creativity, ability to take initiatives,
capacity for analytical thinking, independence and ability to work with other
researchers. The evaluation is based on previous education and experience,
quality of previous published research, ambition expressed in the motivation
letter, description of the proposed project direction and potentially
interviews. In the selection, great emphasis will be taken on personal
Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a
maximum of three 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 Professor Martin
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,email@example.com,
Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46
8 16 34 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com (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 at least 2 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 including previous experience of ice-sheet modelling
CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of
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
– 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).
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You are welcome to apply!
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Closing date: 01/07/2022