IceLab Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships

Call for Multidisciplinary Project Applications

Application deadline:

May 15, 2020 – CLOSED

Many challenging research questions exist in the under-explored terrain between traditional disciplines. At Integrated Science Lab (IceLab), we therefore work to promote and facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations – with a focus on research that integrates theoretical, computational, and empirical work. Icelab researchers combine mathematical and computational modeling expertise with a deep interest in working with empirical researchers across the shared campus of Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Open call: Multidisciplinary research projects

With financial support from the Kempe Foundations, we now invite applications from multidisciplinary research teams at Umeå University and/or SLU for three multidisciplinary research projects that require collaboration across disciplines and methodologies. We require that the research projects should span across departments and that the postdoc is based in IceLab. The funding consists of one 2-year postdoctoral fellowship per project and 70,000 SEK to cover running costs and the recruitment process. This multidisciplinary project call is the first of three envisioned annual calls.

Application process

We will recruit postdoctoral fellows in two phases. The current application represents phase 1.

In this phase, a team of researchers who will act as co-advisors of the future postdoctoral fellow write a project proposal and submit it through our application portal. The team should consist of two or more researchers from at least two different departments at Umeå University or SLU. Because the postdoc will be based in IceLab, the researchers will either be or become affiliated with IceLab. We welcome new affiliates. Apply through the online application form (see link at the bottom of the page).  You will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours.

To be considered, an application will include the following information (in English):

  • In the online application form:
    • Project title
    • Names and contact information of the applicants
    • Project summary with research question (max 500 words)
    • Description of the multidisciplinary approach (max 500 words)
    • Research areas involved
    • Description of collaborations and synergies with IceLab members and activities
    • Uploaded team description including CVs for all applicants (max 3 pages per applicant), and details regarding applicants’ roles and responsibilities in the project (one PDF document)
    • Uploaded detailed project description including scientific background and research plan. (one PDF document, max 3 pages)


2020-04-17 Call opens

2020-05-15 Application deadline

2020-05-25 Final decision sent to applicants

2020-06-10 Ad posted for postdoctoral fellows and start of recruitment phase 2

2020-08-31 Postdoctoral fellowship application deadline

2021-01-01 Project start deadline

Evaluation criteria

Once the application window has closed, Marianne Sommarin and Gunnar Öquist will review and rank the applications according to the following criteria:


  • Scientific excellence
  • Visionary and multidisciplinary nature


  • At least two researchers from different research areas and departments from UmU or SLU listed
  • Scientific merits
  • Potential to strengthen the IceLab environment
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries


Gabrielle Beans, IceLab Communications

Selection of postdoctoral fellows

In phase 2, to identify top postdoc candidates who match the required expertise of each project, we will announce a call that includes all top-ranked projects. Researchers involved in the top-ranked projects select the best candidate for their project. Each project will receive funding to invite at least two candidates for an interview, to give a seminar, and to see the environment. IceLab PIs without conflict of interest will participate in the recruitment process to assess how candidates fit and can contribute to the environment.

To create a strong multidisciplinary postdoc community, the postdoctoral fellows will be based in IceLab. IceLab has ten years of experience in this type of research and can ensure that every researcher in the program will be connected through IceLab’s physical space and activities. Researchers who receive funding from this program, but are not yet full IceLab members, will become affiliates of the research environment, participate in IceLab activities and maintain an open and collaborative focus throughout the project lifetimes and beyond.

Selected postdoctoral fellows should be able start the projects no later than January 1, 2021. If the recruitment is not successful within this period, the fellowship can go to other research groups.

Submit online application

Only applications written in the dedicated online application form will be considered. Applications should be completed jointly by all members of the team of applicants. Please make sure you have completed the form correctly before submitting, as there is no edit option. If you have made a mistake and would like to submit a revised application before the deadline, contact Gabrielle Beans, IceLab communications.

Project Applications Now Under Review