Postdoctoral position in modelling of carbon burial in lake sediments

A position as a post-doctoral researcher in modelling of carbon burial in global lake sediments is available at the Uppsala University Institute of Ecology and Genetics, Department of Limnology.

This project aims at building a process-based model of organic carbon burial in lake sediment, which will be validated at different scales, and then driven by the big data supplied by the climate science community through the ISIMIP project: globally-gridded and daily time-step data on climate, land use, water flow, and the thermal structure of >17,000 lakes. This allows a robust global estimation of the lake sediment carbon sink to be achieved, which is consistent with other efforts to simulate the Earth system. The project is financed through a grant from the Swedish Research Council.

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct research within the specified subject area, and in particular:

  • Develop a numerical model of carbon burial in lake sediments
  • Collect relevant data for model calibration and validation
  • Adapt the model for use with ISIMIP simulation data archives
  • Run simulations at a global scale

To qualify for an employment as a post-doctoral researcher you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Earth System Science, Biogeochemistry, Limnology, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or a similar subject. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Extensive experience of dynamic modelling, including model construction, validation and application, is required. Solid knowledge of biogeochemistry is required. We attach great importance to personal qualities such as independence and teamwork skills. Candidates must be able to express themselves very well in spoken as well as written English

Other desired qualifications include experience with numerical lake or ocean models, literacy in computer programing, and experience in computer languages such as FORTRAN, PYTHON or R. Previous experience working with Earth System Models, and experience in supercomputing and parallel processing are also desirable.

This is a 24 month full time position starting on 2021-05-01, or at a mutually agreed date.

A full description of the project and the procedure to for applying is available at the website of Uppsala University.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 1 March 2022.

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Sebastian Sobek