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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå (Sweden)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:03:04 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with focus
on: Boreal Landscape Carbon Dynamics and Exchanges

The Department of Forest Ecology and Management
(<>) conducts
research and education in both basic and applied science in the areas of
Vegetation Ecology, Soil Science and Forest Management. The major
research focus is on the boreal landscape, including peatlands, forests
and surface waters, but we have activities also in other biomes. The
current position is in Soil Science/Biogeochemistry. In a recent
evaluation (2009) of the university the Soil Science/Soil
Biogeochemistry group was ranked among the top seven out of a total of
130 groups at the university. The department has about 85 members of
staff of which 12 are professors. Research areas include plant-soil
interactions, surface water hydrogeochemistry, soil chemistry, soil
biology, biosphere-atmosphere exchange, forest history, forest
management, forest regeneration, plant population and community ecology.
The department has modern technical facilities, close collaboration with
several state-of-the-art technical platforms at Umeå University, and
access to unique long-term forest ecosystem experiments and other field

Project and Tasks

The postdoc will investigate the carbon balance of a boreal landscape in
Northern Sweden. For this project, the postdoc will use a unique set up
that integrates the well-established SITES research infrastructure of
the Krycklan catchment with the ICOS-Svartberget tall tower flux station
providing data of all terrestrial and aquatic C fluxes over a 68 km^2
managed forest catchment. Combined with >500 forest inventory plots, 16
long-term monitored streams, high-resolution Lidar scans and an advanced
hydrology model, these state-of-the-art research tools provide
exceptional resources for investigating forest C dynamics, budgets and
its underlying drivers spanning from the plot to the landscape scale.

The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for processing and
interpreting eddy-covariance data and for publishing findings in
relevant high-rank scientific journals. Additional opportunities
includeintegrating tower flux data with closed chamber, climate and
forest inventory data.

The postdoc location is at the Forestry Faculty of the Swedish
University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Forest Ecology
& Management, in Umeå, Sweden
<>>). The
field work will be carried out around the ICOS Svartberget flux station
<>>) which includes
eddy covariance and meteorological measurements on a 150m tall tower
located within the Krycklan Catchment (<>)and
Svartberget Experimental Forests


where research related to watershed biogeochemistry and forestry,
respectively, has been carried out for several decades. This excellent
research infrastructure including permanently employed and skilled
technical staff will provide the postdoc with access to state-of-the-art
field instrumentation and long-term data, and offer ample possibilities
for scientific interactions and career development.


·The candidate must have a PhD awarded within the last three years in
environmental sciences, ecology, physical geography, micrometeorology,
biogeochemistry, forestry or any other closely related subject

·Demonstrated experience in working with an eddy covariance system
including data processing and interpretation is required

·The candidate must be able to independently conduct field work, which
also requires a driver's license valid in Sweden.

·The candidate must be fluent in English to be able to write,
communicate and interact in an English-speaking environment.

·The candidate must have documented experience in writing and publishing
scientific articles

·Experience in either one or more of the following is considered a
merit: carbon cycle research in boreal landscapes (i.e. forests and
peatlands), eddy covariance measurements with a tall tower and/or in
complex terrain, chamber flux measurements, forest inventory, watershed
biogeochemistry as well as skills in GIS, logger programming and/or in
the handling and processing of large, multiple-source, data sets

Place of work: Umeå

Form of employment: Temporary employment for 2 years


Starting date: April 1, 2016

Further information about the position is provided by Matthias Peichl,
+46 907868463, <>;
Dept. of Forest Ecology & Management, SLU

Documents that should be included with the application: CV,
publication list, PhD diploma, copies of up to three relevant
publications and a short but well-conceived motivation letter (max. 2
pages) outlining previous research, current research interests and other
activities of relevance for the position. Names and contact information
of at least two reference persons are also required. All application
documents should be written in English.


We welcome your application marked withRef no. SLU ua4118/2015.

Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070,
SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden,
<>no later thanJanuary 4, 2016.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Union representatives are:

Saco-Kansliet, SACO, +46(0)18 671085,

Hans Åkesson, ST, +46(0)90 786 8342,

Inga-Lis Johansson, SEKO, +46(0)90 786 8210,

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