Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics-guided Applications of Machine Learning Methods for Hydro-climatic and Freshwater System Dynamics
Stockholm University Department of Physical Geography

Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics-guided Applications of Machine Learning Methods for Hydro-climatic and Freshwater System Dynamics Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-3648-20


At the Department of Physical Geography. Closing date: 30 October 2020.

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 135 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and environmental management. The main research areas are: Biogeography and Geomatics, Climate Science and Quaternary Geology, Environment, resource dynamics and management, Geomorphology and Glaciology, and Hydrology, Water Resources and Permafrost.

Project description

The position will be associated with a project on physics-guided applications of Machine Learning (ML) methods for hydro-climatic and freshwater system dynamics on land. The project aims at seizing the enormous opportunities opened by rapid growth in openly available/accessible data and ML methods to systematically and significantly advance data-interpretation, modeling, and predictive capabilities for large-scale hydro-climatic and freshwater-resource conditions and shifts in various parts of the world’s land area up to the global scale. The approach to capturing these opportunitities will combine physics-based fundamental mechanistic constraints and models with relevant state-of-the-art ML methods. This combination is needed to leverage complementary knowledge and methodological strengths and evade false scientific discoveries that solely black-box use of ML often leads to in data-intensive exploration. Data to be considered range from in-situ measured, remotely sensed, and reanalysis data, as well as simulation outputs from Earth System and other types of large-scale models, such as from catchment/regional/global hydrological modelling. Hydro-climatic and freshwater-resource variables to be considered include, e.g., land-atmosphere flux interactions, soil-moisture and water flow/level/quality conditions, and climate-change and land/water-use drivers of possible shifts in these.

Main responsibilities

The position involves research on physics-guided application and testing of relevant ML methods for systematic advancement of data-interpretation, modeling, and predictive capabilities of hydro-climatic and freshwater-system conditions, variations and shifts in various parts of the world’s land area up to global scale.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in and experiences of handling, synthesis, and model-based interpretation of large amounts of different types of relevant data for large-scale conditions, variations and shifts in hydro-climate, hydrology and freshwater resources, and their drivers over and on land, ML methods and their application for scientific discovery, and combinations of the above.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2021-01-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Georgia Destouni, telephone: +46 8 16 47 85,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data*
  • Your highest degree*
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

 and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter*
  • CV* – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma*
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are obligatory.

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 30/10/2020

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