We are looking for a PhD student to join Celine Heuze’s group in Gothenburg, Sweden (collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden), to work on my Swedish National Space Agency-funded project “Monitoring Arctic polynyas from Space”.

Deadline for application = 7 Feb 2023.

Keep reading if you have a background in climatology/oceanography/glaciology/meteorology or equivalent and experience with data analysis.

The project is 100% funded for 4 years (+1 up to one year extension if the student chooses to teach), and is about Arctic polynyas, or openings in the Arctic sea ice caused by winds and/or the ocean. PhDs are by publication here, with 3 publications as first author recommended, hence the 3 questions:

  • All around the Arctic, for both summer and winter, which mechanism opens which polynya and how predictable is it?
  • Same question about their maintenance: thermodynamics or dynamics, and are their changes of shape / size / position predictable?
  • How much of an impact do Arctic polynyas have on the weather locally, and can we use this information to improve our retrievals? In practice, students are encouraged to start generating their own research question during their PhD, so the above questions are only suggestions. Candidates interested in dense water formation and ventilation would be most welcome (hint).

The project relies on already-existing remote sensing products; no experience with remote sensing is required, but the candidate needs strong data analysis skills.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to join ship-based field campaigns to the Arctic, but does not have to if they do not want to.

The position is in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology (also in Gothenburg), and includes a visit to project partners in Hokkaido University, Japan.

Practicalities: Salaries start at 29 kSEK per month. Costs of living will of course vary from person to person, but count 5 to 10 kSEK per month for a nice apartment.

28 days of holiday per year if the person is under 30 years old, and up to 35 days if older.

For tax reasons, the PhD student has to be registered as living in Sweden.

Starting date is either by 1st May or September 2023. The immigration office can be extremely slow, so the dates are not strict. You can apply as long as you will have completed your Master’s degree by the agreed start date.

The application has to be submitted online latest on 7 February 2023 at: shorturl.at/chEMR

Interviews will take place in the second half of February and early March

  1. All applicants will be informed of the outcome latest by mid-March 2023.

For more information, check the ad on the GU website or email me. Do not email me your application; only applications submitted via the official portal can be considered.