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The Department of Earth Sciences has about 70 employees. We have Bachelor and Master’s programmes in Earth Sciences and in Geography as well as third-cycle education. Our strongest research areas lie within climatology, ecosystem sciences, petrology/geochemistry and applied geoscience. The research strategy for the department emphasizes on further development of Earth System Science.

Job assignments

The Regional Climate Group (RCG: ) is part of the Department of Earths Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. RCG studies climate at regional-to-global scales based on instrumental data, Global and Regional Climate Modelling, and paleoclimate proxy records. RCG has a unique profile within the Swedish climate research community, and an international reputation in the fields of regional climate analysis and modeling. RCG actively participates in a national strategic research program MERGE (ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system). To sustain the success in climate change research, RCG is seeking a researcher to join an ongoing research project supported by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development - FORMAS (2019-00509), carrying out research on the detection and attribution of changes in historical extreme wind gusts and wind speed variability over Sweden. This project represents a joint collaboration between the SMHI and RCG.  

Specifically, the successful candidate is expected to:

  1. To quality control and homogenize rescued wind speed series from anemometer observations across Sweden.
  2. To assess and attribute wind speed trends / variability in Sweden over centennial time-scales (i.e., 1920-2018).
  3. To communicate research outcomes including scientific publications and reports as well as presentations to a variety of audiences at national and international journals.


To be successful in this position the applicant will need:

  • A PhD degree in Climatology or what the employer considers as a closely related field from within the last three years.
  • Documented experience with softwares for quality control, homogenization and time series analyses of climate data (e.g., Climatol and AnClim packages), with focus on winds.
  • Demonstrate skill in Unix system, scientific programming and data visualization (e.g. Matlab or R) with large amount of data from instrumental observations, reanalyses and climate models.
  • Documented expertise with climate dynamics and regional climate across the globe, preferably related to wind variability and with particular focus on Sweden.
  • Written and oral communication skills including an ability to publish research results, write reports, and make scientific presentations.


The postdoc position is for one year full-time placed at the Department of Earth Sciences.

The position will be taken up in 2021-01-01.


For further information regarding the position

Do you have questions regarding the postion, please contact Deliang Chen, professor: tfn 031- 786 4813, email:


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Closing date: 2020-12-14


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Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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