Sweden : Postdoctoral Position in Numerical Ice Sheet Modelling

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The Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 150 employees and educates approximately 2 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and environmental management. The main research areas are: Climate, environment and landscape development; Landscape analysis and geomatics; Glacier and polar environments; and Land and water resources.

Main tasks
The Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology at Stockholm University seeks to employ a postdoctor for research on numerical simulations of coupled ice sheet/stream/shelf systems including grounding line migration, to be performed with a Fast Full Stokes code that is currently being developed in collaboration with the Division of Scientific Computing, Department of Information Technology at Uppsala University in Sweden. The modelling will focus on the paleoglacial Arctic, specifically, the Svalbard–Barents Sea ice sheet, which is considered a past analogue for contemporary changes in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The postdoctor will collaborate with project partners from Uppsala University and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), focusing on model development (Uppsala) as well as on ice sheet dynamics as reconstructed from geological evidence (UNIS), respectively. Also, the postdoctor is expected to integrate and affiliate with the Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University.

Required qualifications
The position requires a person with a recent PhD in applied mathematics, physics, computing science, or geosciences. Experience in numerical modelling and command of the programming language Fortran and the software package Matlab are required. Preference will be given to those with a documented record in numerical modelling of climate systems components, such as ice sheets, ocean, lithosphere or atmosphere. Familiarity with the glacial history of the Eurasian North is considered advantageous. Ability to communicate, interact and collaborate with researchers from the extreme end-member-disciplines involved in modelling the glaciated Arctic – scientific computing and Earth Sciences – is essential. The applicant needs to have received a PhD in the past 3 years (from application deadline).

Terms of employment
Two-year full time postdoctoral position. Envisioned starting date is March 1, 2014 (negotiable).

Stockholm University strives to be a work place that is free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For further information, contact Nina Kirchner, telephone +46-(0)8-16 29 88 or +46-(0)70-609 05 88, nina.kirchner@natgeo.su.se.

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST),
telephone +46-(0)8-16 20 00 (switchboard), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO),
telephone +46-(0)70-316 43 41.

The application, in English, should include and be organized as follows:

  • a cover letter outlining your qualifications, relevant experiences and interest in the position,
  • CV,
  • copies of degree certificates,
  • list of publications, with peer-reviewed articles listed separately,
  • short description of the most important research results so far, and explanation of why they are considered important, and
  • a list of two persons who may act as references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, and also stating the relation between applicant and reference person).

Applications labelled “SU FV-3664-13” should be sent no later than January 15, 2014, by e-mail to: registrator@su.se.

Documents sent by e-mail should be in Word or PDF format. Include the
reference number SU FV-3664-13 also in the message line.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 January 2014

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