PhD position in Physical Oceanography

at the Department of Meteorology.
Closing date: 5 November 2018.
Ref. No. SU FV-3315-18

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 65 individuals, of which about 30 are scientists, 20 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 several other departments at the university cover research of most of the important aspects of the climate system.

Project description

Internal waves in the ocean are created when tidal currents flow over seamounts on the bottom. The waves can travel long distances, and when they break they mix the water in the deep ocean. This mixing plays a key role in the global ocean circulation, and is important for the ocean heat transport and the Earth's climate. In this project the internal waves will be studied by combining for the first time two different types of data: satellite measurements of the sea surface height, and acoustic measurements of the stratification in the interior of the ocean. Together with theoretical models, this can give a new picture of how the internal waves are created, propagate and break.

Besides data analysis, the project may involve theoretical model development and observational work, depending on the student. There are possibilities to participate in marine expeditions to conduct acoustic measurements. The PhD student will receive broad training in climate science, physical oceanography and acoustics. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (grant 2017-04623), and is a collaboration with a group of marine geophysicists at the Department of Geological Sciences, which has large expertise in acoustic methods.


Professor Jonas Nycander,
Telephone: +46 8 16 4336,


Complete information about the position is found on the link below. Apply via Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply Now" button.

published: 12 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.