Ph.D. position in Meteorology, focusing surface
wave impact on air-sea interaction

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We now have a Ph.D. position in Meteorology, focusing surface wave impact on air-sea interaction, at the Department of Earth Sciences, Programme for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences. Starting date 2018-04-01 or according to agreement.

The purpose of the project is to quantify the importance of air-sea interaction on atmospheric rivers to develop better predictions of extreme events in the coastal zone. Atmospheric rivers are long narrow bands of large integrated water vapor transport in the troposphere. At land fall they are usually associated with extreme conditions in terms of wind and precipitation.

Particularly the focus of the PhD project will be on surface gravity waves and the impact on air-sea interaction. Air-sea interaction represents the transfer of energy and mass between the ocean and the atmosphere. Thus, it plays a key role when simulating climate change and hazardous weather. Surface waves, which exist at the air-sea interface, influence the air-sea interaction processes. However, the mechanisms of surface-wave impact on air-sea interaction are poorly understood. In this project, we will investigate the mechanisms of surface wave impacts on air-sea interaction using measurements, and models. Wave-impacts on air-sea interaction will also be introduced into atmosphere-wave-ocean fully coupled models in order to reduce the uncertainties in climate scenarios and the forecast results of hazardous weather (in particular impact on atmospheric rivers).


The applicant shall have a university science degree in meteorology or similar. Other technical or science degrees may also be considered. The successful candidate shall have a solid base in mathematics, physics, and basic computer skills. Previous experience of programming and numerical modelling is considered a merit.


The application should include a statement of research interest, CV/resume, verified list of course grades and contact details for reference persons. If available, a Master thesis and letters of recommendation can also be attached.

The holder of a Ph.D.-student position shall primarily devote her/his time to own research studies. Other departmental work, such as educational or administrative can be part of position (max 20%). The applicant must be eligible for Ph.D. studies. Priority is given to those who are deemed to show the greatest aptitude for a successful completion of graduate studies. Local guidelines at Uppsala University determine the salary levels.

Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University's excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.

Starting date: 01-04-2018, or as otherwise agreed. Temporary position, four years, ending 31-03-2022.

Type of position: Full time position.

For further information about the position please contact: Anna Rutgersson, tel. +46 18471 25 23, e-mail:, or Lichuan Wu, e-mail:

Please submit your application by 15 January 2018, ref. UFV-PA 2017/4934.

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