Postdoctoral Fellow on the Role of Extreme Events on Stream Biogeochemistry

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Umeå, Sweden

Extreme Climate Events (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 dissolved organic carbon (DOC), a better understanding of how DOC concentration and quality in streams and rivers is shaped by ECEs remains an important research challenge. We seek a Post-doctoral Fellow that can work towards providing a mechanistic understanding of how ECEs impact the concentration and quality of DOC in the boreal forest landscape of northern Sweden. 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 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.


We are 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, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

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