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 our group and international collaboration network; there will be ample opportunities to influence direction and approach of the research. Our 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 field sampling.
Our research in this area is financed by the European Research Council (ERC - Advanced Grant), an EU H2020 project, and by the Swedish Research Council (VR).
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.
We 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.
The PhD degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for application. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, or similar.
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.