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Postdoctoral position in global energy systems

Published: : 2017-10-06

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences 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, please visit

Description of the subject area:
Natural resources and sustainable development are key components of the department's research, education and outreach activities. A new research programme in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRHU) was launched in autumn 2014.

We are now looking fora Postdoctoral researcher that can develop our research profile in energy resources, with focus on global energy transitions with particular attention on sustainable supply and use of raw materials that are critical for green/clean energy technologies. The term 'criticality' could also be seen as an assessment of risks connected to a wide array of factors such as geological occurrences, geographical concentration of deposits or production facilities, market and regulatory structures, social issues, geopolitics, environmental aspects, recycling potential, and sustainability over the full life cycle of a certain material.

The postdoctoral position can also include teaching to a maximum of 20 % of full time. This position is fixed full-time (100%) for a duration of two years, starting as agreed upon after the application deadline.

The PhD degree should have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three-year period can be extended on special circumstances, such as prolonged periods ofillness, parental leave, military service, union duties and others of similar character. The requirement for this position isa PhD in energy technology, geography, earth sciences, or equivalent competence. Good knowledge in english, both in written and spoken word, since some of the teaching and research cooperation is held in english.

To be eligible for a postdoctoral employment, the candidate must hold a PhD degree not older than three years at the closing day of the application.

Additional qualifications: good knowledge in swedish, due to teaching assistance and research cooperation, will be seen favorably but is not essential. 

Ranking criteria: 
In ranking eligible candidates, special importance will be given to scientific skills in relation to the subject area. In filling this position the University aims to recruit the person who, in the combined evaluation of competence, skills and documented qualifications, is judged most suitable to carry out and develop the work in-hand and to contribute to a positive development of the department's activities.

How to apply:
The application should preferribly be written in English and should include a short description of the applicant and her/his proposed research project idea. It should also include a concise research plan, CV, copies of relevant examination certificates, a copy of the PhD thesis (or equivalent) and publications as well as other relevant documents  (e.g. letters of recommendation or names of reference persons).

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all Ievels ofthe organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

Uppsala University strives fora more even gender balance why women are especially invited to apply for this position.

Pay: Individual salary.

Starting: 2018-01-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position, two years.

Working hours: 100%.

For more information, please contact: Associate Professor Mikael Höök, phone: +46 18 471 37 77, e-mail: or Prof. Ian Snowball, phone: +46 18 471 36 57, e-mail:

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 31th October 2017, UFV PA 2017/3312.

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

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of Earth Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fast Lön

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3312

Last application date: 2017-10-31

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