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The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University, Sweden invites applicants for a Senior Research Engineer to carry out research on effects of climate change on carbon cycling in inland waters. The employment is a fixed term employment for 12 months and is expected to start on January 1, 2020 or according to agreement. Last day of application is November 19, 2019.

Climate change is predicted to have large impacts on northern inland waters (lakes and running waters). There is, however, major knowledge gaps that needs to be filled to allow quantification and prediction of the net effects of inland waters on regional and global carbon balances and how that, in turn, is affecting the climate system.

The Senior Research Engineer will use a combination of empirical data, models and climate change scenarios to assess climate impacts across various types of inland waters in the boreal-arctic region. The work will be focused on how climate affect the balance between carbon storage in sediments, exchange of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane) with the atmosphere, and carbon export to the coast. You will compile data along climate gradients, from forested boreal regions to treeless subarctic and arctic regions. You will use these data together with existing and own developed models to predict future carbon cycling in inland waters with changing climate conditions (temperature, precipitation/runoff) and how the response depend on the type of inland waters (e.g. dominance of running waters vs. lakes, small vs. large systems, lowland vs. mountains). The research will be carried out in close collaboration with other members of the project.

Admission requirements
The Senior Research Engineer should have a PhD degree in limnology, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent. A requirement is knowledge of the processes controlling carbon cycling in inland waters and research experience of modelling of carbon cycling in inland waters. Other requirements are also good ability to write and speak in English, creativity, power of initiative, independence and ability to collaborate Strong merits are post-doctoral research experience of cycling of methane and carbon dioxide in inland waters, and of leading collection and analysis of large amount of data from inland waters with large spatial distribution.

The application, written in Swedish or English, should be submitted via our e-recruitment system on 19th of November 2019 at the latest.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV specifying academic qualifications and research areas
  • Electronic copy of the PhD degree certificate
  • Publication list
  • Three scientific publications most relevant to the project
  • Contact information to three reference persons

Please contact Professor Jan Karlsson ( for information relating to the position.

The Department of Ecology and Environment Sciences at Umeå University performs research and postgraduate education in ecology, environmental science and physical geography. The department has about 150 employees. For more information, visit

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-01-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1601-19
  • Jan Karlsson, professor, 090-786 60 02
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 28.Oct.2019
Last application date 19.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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