Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

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The Department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department's programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet). For more information about the department, please visit: www.geo.uu.se. You will also find us at www.facebook.com/geouppsalauniversity.

The Programme for Air, Water, and Landscape Science (LUVAL) encompasses education and research in meteorology, hydrology, environmental analysis, and physical geography. The research in Physical Geography focuses on cryospheric sciences and climate change on the Quaternary/ Anthropocene timeline. More information about the research group Ice, Climate and Environment (ICE).

We have a position open as a researcher in remote sensing with specialization in snow hydrology over the period 1 January 2019 to 15 January 2020. The position might have an option of extension beyond 15 January 2020.

Description of projectThe position is a part of the research project Snow distribution and data assimilation for improved spring flood prognostics and sustainable regulation of hydro power dams (SNODDAS). The project is cooperation between Uppsala University, The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, and partners in the Hydro Power industry, with financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency.

Duties: The research tasks for this position include method development of different remote sensing techniques to acquire the snow water content in seasonal snow packs. The data will further be applied to estimate the amount of potential water upstream hydro power dams in Sweden, which will aid the water power industry to improve their prognostics of melt water routing into their dams.

Primary objectives is to use active and passive micro wave data in combination with optical products and ground based observational data to be able to determine the snow water value in high resolution. There are possibilities for field work as part of the work tasks.

Requirements: PhD in Hydrology, Physical Geography or related disciplines with remote sensing focus. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English. The successful candidate should be able to work independently, and to contribute for a development of the project.

Additional qualifications: Knowledge in active and passive microwave remote sensing is wanted. Experience of remote sensing of snow, and experience of snow hydrology is considered as a merit.

Application must include a CV, certified copies of diplomas and certificates, and a personal letter describing yourself, your relevant experience, research interests, and your motivation to apply for the position (maximum 2 pages). The application should also contain a summary of your research interests and publications, and contact information for, or letters from, at least two referees. 

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: 01-01-2019 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Temporary full-time position (100 %) to 15-01-2020, with possible extension.

For further information about the position please contact: Veijo Pohjola, professor. Tel. +46 18 471 2509, e-mail: veijo.pohjola@geo.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 2 December 2018, UFV-PA 2018/3551.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find much information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact the International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-01-01
Salary Individually negotiated salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2018/3551
Union representative
  • Ellena Papaioannou, Seko, 018-471 3315
  • Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST, 018-471 6251
  • Per Sundman, Saco-rådet, 018-471 1485
Published 30.Oct.2018
Last application date 02.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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