Postdoctoral Fellow on Soil biogeochemical modelling

Stockholm University

2 Oct 2023
Job Information

Stockholm University
Department of Physical Geography
Research Field
Environmental science » Earth science
Agricultural sciences » Soil science
Biological sciences » Biology
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
3 Nov 2023 – 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
H2020 / ERC
Reference Number
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

The position will be associated with the projects: “Carbon Loss In Plants, Soils and Oceans” (CALIPSO, ) and “Soil microbial responses to land use and climatic changes in the light of evolution” (SMILE, ). Both projects investigate how soil processes and biota drive the cycles of carbon and nutrients, aiming to develop and test models based on optimality theories. Collaborations with several partners across Europe are envisioned, providing a unique opportunity for networking.

The appointed postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for:

  • Developing new process-based models that describe the function of soil biota
  • Attending project meetings, writing result reports, and participating to activities in the projects beyond modelling (data analyses, conceptual developments etc.).


Research Field
Environmental science » Earth science
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with excellent skills in soil and ecosystem modelling and/or data analysis. In the appointment process, special attention will be given to candidates with degrees in a relevant discipline (engineering, applied mathematics, soil science, ecology, hydrology, (bio)physics) and a strong computational, mathematical, or statistical background. Proven experience with computer programming (e.g. R, Python, Matlab) and soil or ecosystem models is vital. Experience of publishing in top-level journals in English is also important.


Additional Information

The chosen candidate will find a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department. We will strive to support and advice the postdoc towards an outstanding research career. We will help them to settle in their new life in Sweden and in the new academic environment, and to develop connections and collaborations within our research networks and beyond. The postdoc will be involved in proposal writing and encouraged to apply for funding as main applicant (in addition to this two-year position). In addition to the CALIPSO and SMILE extensive project networks, Stockholm University and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research also offer countless educational and networking opportunities and workshops. Last, but not the least, the Stockholm area is both a hub for scientific innovations and a region offering high quality of life.

Eligibility criteria

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

Selection process

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system:…

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal describing:
    – state of the art on the project topic described in the advertisement (max half page)
    – knowledge gaps that need to be addressed (max half page)
    – proposed approach to fill the identified gaps and how it is related to the applicant’s knowledge/expertise and previous experiences (max one page)
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

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Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
Stockholm University

Where to apply



Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Postal Code
SE-106 91
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