Post-doc Scholarship (2 years) studying Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Aquatic Networks

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The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science carries out research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science, and physical geography. The department has about 160 employees, about 20 of whom are post-docs. For more information, see IceLab (Integrated Science Lab) seeks to constitute a hub of interdisciplinary science at Umeå University that gathers researchers looking for new ways of modeling and analyzing systems within a broad spectrum of sciences, including life- and social sciences. We use mathematical modeling and computational methods to understand patterns and causal relationships in complex systems, and strive to bring together researchers with different scientific backgrounds in order to inspire interdisciplinary collaborations. At present, IceLab is a joint collaboration between the Departments of Ecology and Environmental Science, Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, and Physics. For more information, see

We are now looking for a post-doc fellow to take part in research on CO2 emission from boreal and subarctic aquatic ecosystems. The production and evasion of CO2 from ecosystems is a combination of soil and water processes, interacting in a complex network as water moves through the landscape. Although large efforts have been made to understand the different processes controlling CO2 emission from aquatic systems, any general model that can explain the emissions from spatially integrated aquatic systems does not exist. In this project, we will use data from boreal and subarctic aquatic systems, together with network analysis, to model how terrestrial carbon input and different characteristics of the recipient aquatic systems control the CO2 emissions across inland waters. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with biogeochemists and network modelers.

The fellowship will be financed through a personal stipend from the Kempe foundations. To be eligible for the scholarship you should have a PhD degree (or equivalent), in the first case not older than 3 years. The successful candidate should have a background in aquatic biogeochemistry, hydrology or modeling. Experiences in several of these fields will be considered as a strong merit.

Applicants should submit, electronically or in hardcopy form:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • A description of previous research achievements and why you are interested in the scholarship
  • A publication list
  • Copies of relevant articles (maximum 5)
  • A list of 3 referee persons (with contact details)

All documents submitted in hard-copy form should be in two copies, and all electronically submitted material should be in MS Word or PDF format.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Jan Karlsson, and/or Assistant professor Martin Rosvall,

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 223-2586-12 should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive December 17, 2012 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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