Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Atmospheric and Environmental Applications

Ref. No. SU FV-2151-17
Closing date: 31 August 2017

at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research.

Stockholm University is a leading European university and one of the world's top 100 institutions of higher education and research. The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) does research spanning over the fields of analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, atmospheric science and biogeochemistry. The position offers the possibility to be part of an active and interdisciplinary group, and to be immersed in the interdepartmental Bolin Centre for Climate Research, a national centre of excellence at Stockholm University.

Project descriptions

Atmospheric aerosol particles are a major player in the earth system and represent an important stage in the life cycle and transformation of a myriad of organic compounds from anthropogenic or terrestrial/biogenic origin. An improved understanding of aerosol effects and of the fate of atmospheric organic compounds requires high temporal and chemical resolution measurements of the chemical composition of aerosol particles and their surrounding gas. This project will use a chemical ionization mass spectrometer with filter inlet for gases and aerosols (FIGAERO-CIMS) and ancillary instrumentation for ambient measurements of organic compounds in the gas and particle phase in different environments (e.g. arctic, high-altitude research stations). The main focus of this project is to investigate sources and fate (including cloud formation) of organic compounds in these environments. The instrument will also be used in laboratory studies for detailed process understanding.

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.

The qualifying applicant should have a PhD in the fields of atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, or related, and experience in aerosol mass spectrometry. Prior experience with a chemical ionization mass spectrometer and its data analysis will be considered a benefit. The applicant should be willing to spend several weeks per year in the field. The applicant should show capability of working independently at multidisciplinary research environments and producing peer-reviewed publications about his/her work. Excellent communication skills in English are also a prerequisite for this position.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills.

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 Assistant Prof. Claudia Mohr, telephone: +46 8 674 75 49,, or Prof. Ilona Riipinen, telephone: +46 73 585 92 51,

Union representatives

Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (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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Closing date: 31/08/2017

published: 27 April 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.