Postdoctoral Fellow in modelling of Cloud Feedbacks,
Precipitation and Circulation

at the Department of Meteorology.
Closing date: 13 May 2018.
Ref. No. SU FV-1039-18

At the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU) we conduct research and education in an international environment within four main areas: Atmospheric physics, Dynamic 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 80 individuals, of which about 35 are scientists, 30 PhD students and 15 in the administration and the technical support. The department is part of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research ( and together with three other departments at the university covers research of most of the important aspects of the climate system.

Project description

Clouds play a key role in shaping climate change: not only do they determine the strength of global warming through cloud feedback mechanisms, but they also impact the atmospheric circulation and with it the patterns of precipitation (Bony et al. 2016). An international community within the Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project (CFMIP) explores these questions through observations and a hierarchy of modelling efforts, with a particular focus on global model experiments.

Here we are looking for a candidate interested in conducting research related to cloud feedbacks that will benefit from participation in the CFMIP network. The candidate can propose research which for instance involve comparisons of modeled cloud feedbacks with observations, surface temperature pattern effects on clouds, state-dependency of feedbacks, the patterns of precipitation, or related topics. The research program will be further developed in collaboration with the supervisor.

Bony, S. et al. Clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity. Nature Geoscience, 8, 261-268, 2016.

Main responsibilities

As part of the project the candidate will initially conduct and share CFMIP proposed tier1 and select tier2 experiments (Webb et al. 2017) using the recently developed MPI-ESM1.2 global climate model.

Webb, M. J. et al. The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project (CFMIP) contribution to CMIP6, Geoscientific Model Development, 10, 359-384, doi:10.5194/gmd-10-359-2017, 2017.

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

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Selection criteria will be scientific merit, whereby experience with running or analysing climate models is of certain merit. It will be advantageous, but not required, if the candidate can participate in the CFMIP annual meeting 16-19 October 2018 in Boulder, Colorado.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Starting date preferentially in September 2018, or as per agreement.

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


For more information, please contact Professor Thorsten Mauritsen,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, 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 Now" 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.

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  • Your contact details and personal data
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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).

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published: 21 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.