Professor of Hydrology

Employer: Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

SMHI is an expert authority with a global outlook and a vital mission to forecast changes in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, we use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society. Every hour of every day, all year round.


Location: Norrköping, Sweden

Job description

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, is a Swedish expert agency within meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climatology under the Ministry of the Environment. Working with a global perspective, we strive to fulfil our vision - "A sustainable society in a changing world" - through our knowledge of weather, water and climate. SMHI has around 660 employees. The research department consists of six units, with a total of around 120 employees.

SMHI conducts high-quality applied research and development to meet the challenges facing society within our fields of expertise. We are building new knowledge e.g. about a climate undergoing change, to support a sustainable society and a sustainable environment. The R&D department supports and develops SMHI's mission, vision and goals, as well as international agreements such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework. SMHI's R&D is mainly financed through national and international projects, and is conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders based on a profound understanding of the user needs.

SMHI is looking for a professor of hydrology, with a main focus on the development and application of our hydrological modeling, but experience of forecasts and projections, hydrodynamic modeling and AI would be meritorious. The research shall aim to improve the quality of the results and to find new areas of application to support a sustainable societal development, where ongoing climate change and extreme weather constitute great challenges.

The appointment of the professorship in hydrology is a strategic initiative to strengthen SMHI's ability to provide society with the relevant knowledge, information and services in the field of hydrology. It should strengthen the cooperation in relevant networks, with universities, and with national and international institutes. The professor is an important representative of SMHI in meetings with stakeholders, the general public, the media and the research community. The professor will also play an important role in supporting the ability to conduct and implement relevant R&D for SMHI's overall production.

The research direction(s) of the professorship shall fall within one or more current scientific focus fields:

  • Large-scale hydrological modeling
  • Water and climate services
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Small-scale hydrological modeling
  • Water-quality deterioration

The scientific focus fields are described at

We expect in-depth knowledge and understanding of hydrological processes, potentially linked to the 23 unsolved hydrological problems recently defined by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, IAHS. Knowledge of hydrological processes operating on different temporal and spatial scales is a necessity, as is knowledge about the components and activities involved in hydrological modeling (observations, model conceptualization, forcing data, calibration, updating and assimilation, evaluation, quality assurance, forecasting and scenario modeling, analysis and synthesis, visualization, and message formulation). We also expect thorough experience of communication with different users.

It is meritorious to have experience of interdisciplinary research work, in particular collaborations that include meteorological, oceanographic or climatological components. It is also meritorious to have experience of projects with socio-economic/humanistic components, and an understanding of the connection between man, society and climate.

Applicants should write a research plan, and provide an account of the direction(s) that the research is intended to follow.

Work description

The position involves research and supervision of research at different levels within the field of the position. The work also includes scientific direction and development of the research environment at SMHI, administration, and active participation in internal and external activities. Included in the areas of responsibility for the professor are the initiation and leading of in-house, national and international research projects, as well as the securing of external funding.

Qualification criteria

Applicants should have scientific and pedagogical skills within the fields of relevance applicable to the position and the tasks included in the work description.

Criteria for scientific and pedagogical skills:

  • The scientific skills should be of a level where the applicant is internationally renowned in the scientific field for the position
  • Scientific skills should be proven by individual research beyond the level of what is required of an associate professor (docent) in the Swedish system, both regarding quality and quantity
  • Scientific publications by the applicant should be recent, of high quality, and published in international journals
  • Applicants should have documented experience of initiating, developing, leading and conducting research based on own research grants obtained in national and/or international competition
  • Good pedagogical ability in the communication of research results is of great importance, and documented experience of communicating research results to society is a condition
  • Applicants should provide documented experience of supervision (e.g. of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers), and should normally have been the main supervisor of at least one doctoral student through to completion of the doctoral degree

Of great significance are:

  • Documented experience of research within the subject description of the position
  • The scientific quality and relevance of the research plan in relation to the position
  • Documented experience of multi-disciplinary research
  • Documented ability to build national and international research networks
  • Documented experience of interaction with society within the field of the subject, and experience of communicating research and development work
  • Skills in leadership, ability to collaborate, proactiveness and independence
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to be a good representative of SMHI in meetings with society
  • Demonstrated experience and properties that can promote SMHI, and further strengthen the expert authority's good reputation.
  • High-level proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement. The successful applicant should also be willing and able to learn Swedish at a working language level. The role requires the holder to be able to communicate with relevant interested parties in Sweden, and to be able to carry out other duties within the position at SMHI.

The position is permanent and located at the SMHI office in Norrköping, Sweden

How to apply


For additional information, please contact Head of the Research Department Helén Andersson or HR Specialist Karin Lien Aspeqvist. The trade union representative for SACO is Lennart Robertson and for ST, Thomas Bosshard. All the above can be contacted on +46(0)11-495 8000 or via email:


Please submit your application by no later than May 11th, 2021.

Applications should include scientific publications and other scientific work that you want to reference. Books and more extensive publications that are not available in digital form should be sent by regular mail in four copies in four identical parcels to:

SE-601 76 Norrköping

The application should contain:

  • CV
  • List of publications and an account of main achievements that you think are relevant for the position
  • Publications/other scientific works that you want to refer to (maximum ten items)
  • A research plan that describes the research that you want to carry out within the position and its policy relevance (maximum two pages)
  • Other documents that you deem relevant
  • SMHI strives for diversity, where the background, experience, knowledge and personality of our employees enriches the work environment.
  • SMHI is an expert authority with a global outlook and a vital mission to forecast changes in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, we use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society. Every hour of every day, all year round.

Contact person

Karin Lien Aspeqvist
011-495 8000

Helén Andersson
Avdelningschef Forskningen
011-495 8000

Thomas Bosshard
011 495 80 00

Lennart Robertson
011-495 80 00

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