Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences - LUVAL

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.

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. For more information, visit http://www.geo.uu.se/research/luval.

We are seeking a researcher in biogeochemistry, aqueous geochemistry or a related discipline, for a time-limited appointment between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Description of project: The project "Identifying Sources of Mercury in Arctic Rivers" (Formas 2017-00660) investigates the potential sources of mercury (Hg) transported to the Beaufort Sea by the Mackenzie River in Canada. Methods include isotopic characterization of Hg and carbon (C) in river water as well as hydrological modelling. The project is a collaboration between Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University and Trent University (Canada).

(see: http://www.extrakt.se/miljogifter-och-kemikalier/hur-har-kvicksilvret-natt-arktis/)

The researcher will analyse hydrogeochemical data from the Mackenzie River basin. The main objective is to identify and quantify possible terrestrial sources of Hg transported in rivers across the basin (e.g.,: soils, permafrost, snowmelt). The information will be used to model C and Hg transfer to the Beaufort Sea and its marine food web at present and in response to future changes in climate and hydrology. The project seeks to anticipate how the effects of such changes might impact the recovery of Arctic marine ecosystems from decreasing global Hg emissions from anthropogenic sources. 

PhD degree in biogeochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, hydrology, or a related discipline. Knowledge of Hg and C biogeochemistry, as well the capacity to evaluate isotopic data, are highly desirable. Fluency in English, both spoken and written, is necessary. The successful candidate should be able to work independently, and to contribute for a development of the project.

Additional qualifications: 
Experience with Geographic Information Systems and/or hydrological modelling are desirable.

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 section

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.
Starting date: 01-07-2019 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of position: Temporary full time position, 100%, ending 30-06-2020.

For further information about the position please contact: 

  • Christian Zdanowicz, senior lecturer. Tel. +46 18 471 3892, e-mail: christian.zdanowicz@geo.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 15 April 2019, UFV-PA 2018/4350.

If you are an international candidate, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-07-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2018/4350
Union representative
  • Ellena Papaioannou, Seko, 018-471 3315
  • Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST, 018-471 6251
  • Per Sundman, Saco-rådet, 018-471 1485
Published 17.Dec.2018
Last application date 15.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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