SMHI is a Swedish expert authority with expertise in meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climate . Our vision is "A sustainable society in a changing world thanks to our knowledge of weather, water and climate". We bring a global perspective, where high-quality applied research and development contributes to meeting society's challenges and takes place in close collaboration with stakeholders and with a deep understanding of user needs.

SMHI has the opportunity to establish a professorship in each discipline, and currently has professorships in climate and hydrology. We are now looking for a strong candidate for the newly established professorship in oceanography.

The professorship in oceanography will strengthen SMHI's ability to provide society with relevant knowledge, information and services. SMHI's professor of oceanography will have an important strategic role in the scientific management of the subject: will contribute to SMHI's subject oriented strategy groups, and be active in strategic collaborations where SMHI has a role as a partner or coordinator and in national and international networks. SMHI's professors also have an important task in representing the subject area and communicating science and research results in society and internally at SMHI.

Subject description

SMHI's oceanographic research is conducted in close dialogue with internal and external users. The overall goal is to contribute to an ocean in balance, and to support national goals and plans for the ocean, as well as to strive towards a safe and sustainable society in accordance with the goals of Agenda 2030. 

SMHI conducts research in several different areas of oceanography. A major focus is on climate change in the ocean and its effects, as well as aspects of the marine environment that are important to consider in marine planning, marine area protection and marine climate adaptation. The research contributes to the understanding of how humans can have a sustainable interaction with the sea and how the sea can affect the built environment, infrastructure and ecosystem services.

Our research is mainly focused on Swedish coastal waters, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, while some research focuses on the Arctic and on oceanography on a global scale. The research also contributes to SMHI's work with ocean forecasts and Sweden's marine environmental monitoring. The research takes place mainly in national and international externally funded projects obtained in competition. Research directions that are relevant to the professorship should fall within one or more of SMHI's research areas in oceanography:

  • Climate change or/and other anthropogenic impact on the sea
  • Operational oceanographic and data assimilation
  • Biogeochemical and physical processes and their impact on the marine environment

You can read about the oceanographic research areas at here: 

Your research experience should be relevant to SMHI's operations, and be linked to the current research and model development at SMHI's oceanographic research unit. Experience of hydrodynamic modelling, in particular with NEMO, biogeochemical modelling, and/or coupled atmosphere-ocean modelling is therefore a merit, as well as previous research on the Baltic Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, the North Sea or the Arctic.

As an applicant for the position, you must write a research plan in which you describe the direction(s) you intend your research to take, and how it fits in with SMHI's activities and the oceanographic research unit’s existing research.

Main tasks

The position covers research and supervision of research within the focus of the position. Responsibilities also include scientific management and development of the research environment at SMHI; administration; active participation in internal and external activities related to SMHI’s research; initiating and running internal, national and international research projects; and applying for external funding. An important task is to communicate research results to society in an educational way.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must have held a doctoral degree in oceanography, at least as an associate professor or equivalent, as well as scientific and pedagogical expertise in areas that are relevant to the position.

Criteria for scientific and pedagogical excellence:

  • The scientific excellence must be such that the person is internationally recognised in the field of the position, as demonstrated by independent research efforts that exceed the requirements for associate professor competence, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • The applicant's scientific publications must be recent, of high quality and published in international journals with peer reviewed.
  • The applicant must have proven experience in initiating, building, managing and implementing research activities with own research grants obtained through national and international competition.
  • Very good experience, ability and interest in pedagogical communication of science, popular science, research results and the role of research for a sustainable environment and society.
  • The applicant should demonstrate experience in teaching at postgraduate level, preferably in a university, college or other professional context.
  • The applicant must demonstrate documented experience of supervision (e.g. of PhD students, postdocs) and must normally have been the main supervisor of at least one doctoral student up to successful award of the doctoral degree.
  • The applicant must have a proven ability to create national and international networks.
  • The applicant must have a proven experience of collaborating with society in the subject area and of providing information about research and development.
  • Very good oral and written communication skills in English.
  • We expect applicants without knowledge of Swedish or another Scandinavian language to endeavour to acquire sufficient knowledge of Swedish within one year to be able to perform the tasks associated with the position and to be able to communicate within SMHI and with its stakeholders.

Of great importance is also:

  • Proven experience in research in the field of the position.
  • Proven experience in multidisciplinary research.
  • Knowledge of diversity and equality issues.
  • Proven personal ability and experience in building and leading scientific teams, and in dialogue with societal stakeholders.
  • The quality and relevance of the requested research plan in relation to the position.

A professor at SMHI represents not only their own research, but also SMHI as a government agency. Therefore, it is important that you have good leadership and cooperation skills, where the focus is on relationship-building and communication, and apply a strategic mindset and good judgement to strengthen the group's, unit's and department's research for the benefit of the entire SMHI.

Core values

SMHI has strongly anchored values where personal responsibility, participation and trust are some of the key words. As a professor, you have an important role in promoting these values and finding a balance between strategy and values that complements and interacts with the rest of the organisation. SMHI strives for diversity where our employees' different backgrounds, experience, knowledge and personalities enrich the organisation.

Your application

Please submit your application by no later than March 15th, 2024.

Applications should include copies of publications and other scientific work that you want to reference. Books and more extensive publications that are not available in digital form should be sent by regular mail in four copies in four identical parcels, addressed to SMHI; SE-601 76 SWEDEN.

Your application should include:

  • CV
  • List of publications and description of your main achievements relevant to the post.
  • The publications/scientific works you wish to cite (maximum ten items)
  • A research plan describing your proposed research and its policy relevance to the post (maximum two pages).
  • Other documents you wish to refer to.

Form of employment: Permanent employment

Location: Norrköping or Gothenburg. Travel between the two offices is expected because the oceanographic research unit has staff located in both cities. National and international travel will also be required for the position.


SMHI is an expert authority with a global outlook and a vital mission to forecast changes in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, we use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society. Every hour of every day, all year round.

SMHI is an Agency with a specific responsibility for civil preparedness. Therefore you could be appointed to be mobilised to SMHI for wartime posting.

Bear in mind that all the documentation and information you send to SMHI in conjunction with your application will be classified as public documents. This means that all the material contained in your application, including attachments, may be disclosed if so requested by a party, on the condition that the information is not subject to confidentiality in accordance with the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act. You should therefore primarily provide such information that you deem to be relevant in relation to the requirements of the position. Think about your own personal privacy, and avoid sharing information that contains sensitive personal data, or information about your health or that of a family member, your political views or religious beliefs.

Contact person

Helén Andersson

Head of R&D

011-495 8000

Karin Lien Aspeqvist

Head of Human Resources

011-495 8000

Lennart Robertson

Trade union representative Saco-S

011-495 8000

Thomas Bosshard

Trade union representative ST

011-495 8000