Postdoctoral Fellow in Marin Geology/Geophysics

at the Department of Geological Sciences SU FV-1748-17
Application deadline: August 1, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow in Marin Geology/Geophysics

Project description
This two-year postdoctoral project aims to investigate the stablitiy and retreat history of the Petermann Glacier since the last deglaciation of Northern Greenland. The Petermann Glacier is an outlet glacier which constitutes the single largest drainage point of ice to the sea from the northwestern sector of the Greenland ice sheet. The glacier lost almost 40 % of its floating ice tongue after two major calving events in 2010 and 2012. The dynamic behavior of the marineconnected parts of the Geenland Ice Sheet can lead to rapid mass loss of ice, which in turn causes sea-level rise that effects human living conditions throughout the global coastal areas.

Main responsibilities
The project aims to at analyzing the Petermann Glacier´s dynamics since the deglaciation, especially regarding the impact of oceanographic and geological factors on the withdrawl of the ice, for example the potential effects of inflowing warmer sub-surface water, the composition of the bedrock and/or the shape of the seafloor and the presence/non-presence of a floating ice tongue. The project benefits from the detailed view of the submarine glacial landforms and bottom conditions in the area and chronological information on the Petermann Glacier´s retreat history provided by the marine geophysical mapping and geological sampling conducted during the Petermann Glacier 2015 Expedition with Swedish icebraker Oden. A central part of the project will be to carry out numerical simulations of the Petermann Glacier´s dynamics during its retreat history. There is a freedom for the applicant to design the kind of simulations the project will be based on and which numerical tools to employ.

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.

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.

Additional postdoc experience is highly beneficial. The successful candidate should demonstrate experience in applicatioon of numerical simulations of glaciers and/or glacial systems.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given the perceived ability of the applicant to successfully pursue the research. Special emphasis is put on the applicant´s knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express their work verbally and in writing, creativity, initiative, independence and a capacity for working together with other researchers. The evaluatioon will be made based on the relevance of publications, past education and experience the quality and ambition, a cover letter motivating the candidate´s interest and possibly 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 the Head of the Department, Professor Martin Jakobsson, martin.jakobsson[at]

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and seko[at] (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. 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
– 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).
The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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