Postdoctoral fellow on the role of extreme events on stream biogeochemistry - Sweden

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

The Faculty of Forest Sciences is responsible for research, teaching, environmental monitoring and assessment as well as outreach and collaboration in the field of forestry, including forest ecosystems and their sustainable use. Together with the other SLU faculties, the faculty is also active in the fields of food, production, health, quality of life, environment and water.

The majority of the faculty’s 700 employees and 850 students are based on campus Umeå, in facilities shared with the university of Umeå. The faculty houses 13 departments and a large number of collaborative centres.

The department of forest ecology and management, Faculty of Forest Sciences, SLU is looking for a postdoctoral fellow on the role of extreme events on stream biogeochemistry. Main duty is characterizing and quantifying the role of extreme events for determining the concentration and quality of DOC in stream water. 

 We seek a Post-doctoral Fellow that can work towards providing a mechanistic understanding of how extreme climate events (ECEs) impact the concentration and quality of dissolved organic carbon (DOC)DOC in the boreal forest landscape of northern Sweden. ECEs can regulate the transfer of materials from terrestrial to aquatic ecosystems and thus have a potentially wide range of biogeochemical and ecological implications for fresh waters. In particular, given diverse physical, chemical, and biological influences of DOC, a better understanding of how DOC concentration and quality in streams and rivers is shaped by ECEs remains an important research challenge.

The successful candidate will work with combining process-based hydrological knowledge with state-of-the-art DOC quality analysis and modeling. The project will utilize a unique water-sample archive combined with a stream water quality database to provide empirical data on DOC concentration and quality during historical ECEs and then use this information to reduce the uncertainty of the role of future ECEs on DOC. The successful candidate is expected to start during winter of 2017.

The position is fully funded for two years of full time work. The location of the position will be at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU in Umeå, Sweden, which supports an international environment in terms of both research and teaching. The department has about 75 members of staff which 12 are professors. Our mission at the department of forest ecology and management is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management.


SLU is seeking a highly motivated individual with good communication skills in English, both orally and written, and a strong work ethic. The successful candidate will also be a ‘team player’ who will work well within in a strong research environment. We are searching for a person with a PhD in stream biogeochemistry, hydrology, or related field. Previous experience with DOC characterization and modeling is a merit. Experience with field collection methods, analysis of large datasets, and the use of R, Matlab or other statistical programs is preferred


As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, SLU is primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Other information:

Place of work: Umeå

Form of employment: A temporary position for two years

Extent: 100%

Starting date: By agreement


Specific documents attached: The application should contain the following written in English:

1) a cover letter describing yourself and your match to the above mentioned project

2) your motivation for the application and a short description of your previous research experience and publications

3) a Curriculum vitae and

4) the name and contact information of two professional references.

Evaluations will be based on the application, references, interview, and relevance of previous research experiences.

SLU welcomes your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua 2016.2.5.1-4921. 

Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or no later than January 25, 2017.

Picture credit: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

For more details visit the SLU's website