The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry

Post-doc position focusing on Organic Geochemistry in the Siberian-Arctic Land-Sea System SU FV-2711-19.
Deadline for applications: 30 September 2019

Research in the environment and climate field is one of the strongholds of Stockholm University. The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) hosts approximately 200 researchers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff. Our research-oriented department hosts about 30 post-doc fellows and 60 Ph.D. students, recruited from all over the World. We are located in the Geoscience Building, together with other departments in the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, on the beautiful park-like campus Frescati in the northern reaches of Stockholm.

Project description

Thawing permafrost releases old organic matter to the extensive East Siberian Arctic Ocean, via coastal erosion and large rivers. The focus of the project is to increase the understanding of sources, transport and degradation processes of permafrost-derived carbon in the East Siberian Arctic Ocean using biomarkers and isotopic tools; these processes are key aspects of the permafrost carbon-climate link. The project offers involvement in studies of both the contemporary carbon system as well as during earlier warming periods through studies of deep sediment cores. The project will be embedded within ongoing research on these topics in our group and international collaboration network; there will be ample opportunities to influence direction and approach of the research. Our research group has extensive experience with biomarker and compound-specific isotope analysis of organic matter in air, water and sediments, and access to large sample archives from the East Siberian Arctic Ocean from previous campaigns as well as the possibility for future Arctic expeditions.

Our research in this area is financed by the European Research Council (ERC - Advanced Grant), two EU H2020 project, and by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

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.

We are seeking a highly motivated person with a completed Ph.D. within the Environmental or Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Engineering. Experience with biomarker extraction and analysis, handling of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry systems, isotopic techniques and field sampling are all beneficial.

A background in organic geochemistry would be highly suitable. Collaborative skills and well-developed proficiency in scientific writing are required.

Assessment criteria

The PhD degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for application. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, or similar.

The selection is based on the applicant's ability to successfully pursue the post-doc research project. Special emphasis is put on the applicant's knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express her/himself verbally and in writing, analytical aptitude, creativity, initiative and independence, and a capacity for working together with others. The evaluation will be made based on the relevance of past research, education and experience, the quality and ambition of earlier research work, references, a cover letter motivating the candidate's interest, and 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 Professor Örjan Gustafsson,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at the Stockholm University recruitment system:

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, including motivations on
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • what makes you suitable for the position
  • CV - degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

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

You are welcome to apply!

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published: 26 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.