Post-doc position focusing on Organic Geochemistry in the Siberian-Arctic Land-Sea System

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Organisation: Stockholm University

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. ACES' research-oriented department hosts about 30 post-doc fellows and 60 Ph.D. students, recruited from all over the World. ACES 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 permafrost releases old organic matter to the extensive East Siberian Arctic Ocean, via coastal erosion and large rivers. The focus of the project is to increase the understanding of sources, transport and degradation processes of permafrost-derived carbon in the East Siberian Arctic Ocean using biomarkers and isotopic tools; these processes are key aspects of the permafrost carbon-climate link. The project offers involvement in studies of both the contemporary carbon system as well as during earlier warming periods through studies of deep sediment cores. The project will be embedded within ongoing research on these topics in ACES' group and international collaboration network; there will be ample opportunities to influence direction and approach of the research. Their research group has extensive experience with biomarker and compound-specific isotope analysis of organic matter in air, water and sediments, and access to large sample archives from the East Siberian Arctic Ocean from previous campaigns as well as the possibility for future Arctic expeditions.

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

Qualification requirements

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.

ACES are seeking a highly motivated person with a completed Ph.D. within the Environmental or Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Engineering. Experience with biomarker extraction and analysis, handling of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry systems, isotopic techniques and field sampling are all beneficial.

A background in organic geochemistry would be highly suitable. Collaborative skills and well-developed proficiency in scientific writing are required.