PhD student in Atmospheric Science

Department of Meteorology , Stockholm University, Sweden


Ref. No. SU FV-1015-17
the Department of Meteorology
Closing date: 2 May 2017.

At the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU) we conduct research and education in an international environment within four main areas: atmospheric physics, dynamical meteorology, physical oceanography and chemical meteorology. In all these areas there is a strong focus on the climate and on processes important for the climate and its development. The department employs some 65 individuals, of which about 30 are scientists and 20 PhD students. The department is part of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, www.bbcc.su.se, that together with three other departments at the university cover research of most of the important aspects of the climate system. The department also participates in SeRC, the Swedish e-Science Research Centre, e-science.se.

For more information about PhD studies at MISU: www.misu.su.se/research/phd-studies.

Project description

Atmospheric structures such as cyclones and atmospheric rivers play a central role in weather and climate. Automated algorithms to detect and track the space-time evolution of such features are therefore an essential tool in atmospheric research. The succesful candidate will participate in a exciting cross-disciplinary project bringing together experts in atmospheric science, computer science and visualisation to advance the state of the art in atmospheric feature tracking. The project aims to adapt advanced techniques developed in the computer science and visualisation communities to atmospheric data from models and observations, and use the results to gain new insight into atmospheric processes.

This project is part of a large-scale collaborative effort in feature tracking funded by the Strategic Research Foundation (see here for details), and will involve close collaboration with visualisation groups at KTH and Linköping University. There will also be close links with the Swedish e-Science Research Centre, SeRC. Candidates with strong computational skills and a keen interest in atmospheric applications are particularly encouraged to apply.

Qualification requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of meteorology stipulates that at least 90 points must be in one of the subjects meteorology, oceanography, physics or chemistry, at least 15 points must be in mathematics, and an independent project work corresponding to at least 15 points must have been completed. The requirements can also be met by acquiring the corresponding knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad. Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle program may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

Selection

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates' documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in both Swedish and English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate's written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules.

Terms of employment

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may also engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20% of a full-time position. Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact

For more information, please contact Professor Gunilla Svensson, gunilla@misu.su.se or Professor Rodrigo Caballero, rodrigo@misu.su.se.

Union representatives

Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), seko@seko.su.se (SEKO), and PhD student representative, doktorandombud@sus.su.se.

Application

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 reference persons

In addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV - degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • 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
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

Note that a research plan is not required; therefore disregard that part of the web form.

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions - Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 02/05/2017

published: 04 April 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.