Postdoctoral position in dynamics of compound climate extremes

Uppsala University

Uppsala, , SE

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.



The Department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department’s programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet). 

The Programme for Air, Water, and Landscape Science encompasses education and research in meteorology, hydrology, environmental analysis, and physical geography. 

Duties: G. Messori’s research group hosts two H2020 research projects and several national projects, focussing on multiple aspects of mid and high latitude climate extremes. The post-doc will work within the frame of the ERC grant “Compound Climate Extremes in North America and Europe: from Dynamics to Predictability”. By using indicators issued from dynamical systems theory and idealized modelling tools, the post-doc will contribute to identifying compound extremes hotspots and advancing our understanding of the large-scale atmospheric dynamics driving the compound occurrences. The post-doc, if s/he so wishes, will also have the opportunity to engage in teaching/supervising duties.

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a post-doc you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Climate Science, Earth Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Meteorology, or related disciplines. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.

The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Additional qualifications: Documented experience in idealised modelling of the atmosphere and performing statistical analyses of climate extremes, as well as appropriate computing and coding skills are a merit. The ranking of the candidates will also accord weight to evidence of independent thinking, quality of peer-reviewed publications and ability to interact effectively in a multi-disciplinary research environment. Experience in private sector employment in fields relevant to the position will also be positively evaluated.

The application should contain:

  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A short research statement (maximum 2 pages) describing how the candidate’s past experience is relevant to the topic of the project and describing some existing knowledge gaps within the project’s research scope.
  • A list of publications in peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Two references (names and full contact details, including telephone number).

Salary: Individually negotiated.

Starting date: As agreed, at the earliest 2021-01-01.

Type of position: Temporary position, for two years.

Scope of employment: Full-time position (100%).

For further information about the position please contact: Gabriele Messori, e-mail: [email protected]

Please submit your application by 5 November 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3452

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