[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Fellow in Eco-hydrological modelling

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Oct 26 21:59:06 MDT 2017

Ref. No. SU FV-3276-17

*at the Department of Physical Geography
<http://www.natgeo.su.se/english/>. Closing date: 10 November 2017.*The
Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the
Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 135 employees and
educates approximately 1000 students annually. Education is oriented
towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences and environmental
management. The main research areas are: Biogeography and Geomatics,
Climate science and quaternary geology, Environment, resource dynamics and
management, Geomorphology and glaciology, and Hydrology, Water resources
and permafrost.

*Project description*The Department of Physical Geography seeks to employ a
postdoctoral researcher to investigate theoretically and experimentally the
relations between plant functional diversity and ecosystem productivity.
Biodiversity is recognized to improve crop and forest productivity, and to
foster hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles, thereby providing key
ecosystem services. However, the mechanistic reasons for such roles are not
clear. To address this question, willow short rotation coppice systems
where variety mixtures can be used to improve stand productivity are
considered as a case study. These systems are highly relevant for biomass
production and offer an ideal experimental system. By looking at plant
functional traits that have an effect on resource use, the project aims at
testing the hypothesis that trait diversity intensifies resource use,
leading to higher productivity and carbon storage, and reduced nutrient
losses. This hypothesis is tested by a combined experimental and modelling
approach that exploits ongoing field experiments throughout Europe.

*Main responsibilities*
The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible to develop and implement
coupled hydrologic-biogeochemical models of the soil-plant system that
explicitly include the role of plant diversity. Coupled to such modelling,
the postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for conducting a growth
container experiment (in highly controlled conditions) designed to test the
project hypotheses; the obtained data will support model developments. The
chosen candidate is also expected to lead the writing of articles on these
topics and present results at international conferences.

*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.

*Assessment criteria*
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the
deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special
circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical
attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to candidates
with degrees in a relevant discipline (engineering, hydrology, ecology,
geosciences) and a strong computational and mathematical background. Proven
experience with computer programming (e.g. Matlab, R, Mathematica) for
model code development is vital. Practical experience with plant
eco-physiological measurements is beneficial.

In addition, demonstrated knowledge of (1) water and carbon dynamics in the
soil-plant-atmosphere system; (2) theories linking plant functional
diversity to ecosystem function; (3) stochastic processes and optimization
theories is advantageous. Experience synthesizing data and modelling
analysis across several field sites and publishing in top-level journals in
English is also important.

*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
2018-01-08 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and
with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the
Department, Senior Lecturer Stefano Manzoni, telephone: +46 8 674 78 02,
stefano.manzoni at natgeo.su.se.

*Union representatives*
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and
Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and seko at seko.su.se

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by
clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to
ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions
in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

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 (no more than 3 pages) describing:
   – why you are interested in the field/project described in the
   – why and how you wish to complete the project
   – what makes you suitable for the project in question
   - Copy of PhD diploma
   - Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
   - Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants

*You are welcome to apply!*

Stockholm University – our education and research produce results.

*Closing date:* 10/11/2017

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