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Post-doc position focusing on Triple-isotopic investigations of methane released in coastal Siberian Arctic
Stockholm University | Sweden | Deadline: 30 Sep 2019 SU FV?2710?19. 
Deadline for applications: 30 Sept 2019

Research in the environment and climate field is one of the strongholds of Stockholm University. The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) hosts approximately 200 researchers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff. Our research-oriented department hosts about 30 post-doc fellows and 60 Ph.D. students, recruited from all over the World. We are located in the Geoscience Building, together with other departments in the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, on the beautiful park-like campus Frescati in the northern reaches of Stockholm.

Project description

Thawing coastal and subsea permafrost, disintegrating methane hydrates and deep petroleum reservoirs are releasing methane to overlying water and atmosphere on the shallow East Siberian Arctic Ocean, the World's largest shelf sea system. There is a large uncertainty of the relative contributions of these sources, how this subsea system operates, and the fate of the released methane. The project offers the possibility to source apportion the methane currently being vented from the subsea system by applying triple-isotope fingerprinting of methane from Arctic samples, some already collected others to be collected in the near future on international field campaigns. Targeted samples are from both subsea permafrost drillcores, from ship-based collection of seawater, and from both shipboard and land/island-based observatory collections of air. In addition to possible field work, the position involves active work on vacuum and gas handling systems, laser spectroscopy and gas chromatography - (isotope) mass spectrometry.

Our research in this area is financed by the European Research Council (ERC - Advanced Grant), two EU H2020 project, and by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Qualification requirements

We are seeking a highly motivated person with a completed Ph.D., and ideally already some post-doc experience, within the Earth, Atmospheric or Environmental Sciences, Chemistry or Engineering. Your skills may come from experience in organic geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, deep earth gas geochemistry, atmospheric gas/isotope measurements or related fields. Practical experiences with gas chromatography, laser spectroscopy, and/or isotope mass spectrometry. Handling of gas separation systems, instrumental development and tinkering, and field sampling are all beneficial. A high emphasis is placed on well-developed proficiency in scientific writing. Collaborative skills are also important as the post-doc will work together tightly in a team and be centrally engaged in international collaborations.


The Ph.D. degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances.

The selection is based on the applicant's ability to successfully pursue the post-doc research project. Special emphasis is put on the applicant's knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express her/himself verbally and in writing, analytical aptitude, creativity, initiative and independence, and a capacity for working together with others. The evaluation will be made based on the relevance of past research, education and experience, the quality and ambition of earlier research work, references, a cover letter motivating the candidate's interest, and interviews.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


For more information, please contact Professor Örjan Gustafsson,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system Direct link for this position:

Your application should include CV, publication list, a copy of PhD diploma, a cover letter outlining your motivations and suitability for this position, name and contact information to at least two reference persons, and any other documents you would like to include (e.g., selected first-authored publications showing writing style).

The general instructions for job applicants to Stockholm University are available at: Instructions - Applicants.