IceLab Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral fellowship (2 years) in Soil pore architecture

Application deadline:

October 15, 2021

The Integrated Science Lab (IceLab) jointly with the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, seek a postdoctoral fellow for the following multidisciplinary project: changing soil pore architecture in the tundra.

IceLab at Umeå University: World-leading interdisciplinary research

Umeå University conducts internationally recognized research in several areas, including applied mathematics, microbiology, epidemiology, public health, sustainability, economy, and artificial intelligence.

The under-explored terrain between traditional disciplines is full of fascinating and impactful research questions. Many researchers at Umeå University strive to explore this terrain by bridging disciplinary boundaries, especially those researchers who are associated with interdisciplinary research environments such as IceLab.

At IceLab, we promote and facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations – with a focus on cutting-edge research that integrates theoretical, computational, and empirical work. We combine mathematical and computational modeling expertise with a deep interest in working with empirical researchers.

We will welcome you to IceLab with genuine support by creative researchers working on a multitude of interdisciplinary problems. You will participate in both professionally and personally rewarding and entertaining activities aimed at training a new kind of researcher. A multidisciplinary team of researchers with complementary expertise will supervise each postdoc.

The two-year postdoc fellowship is financed by the Kempe foundations. A fellowship amounts to 315 000 SEK per year plus 50 000 SEK in running costs. Application deadline October 15 2021. Start November 1 2021 – January 31, 2022 (exact start date according to agreement).

Project description

Arctic soil pore architecture

The fate of deep soil organic matter in arctic soils represent one main uncertainty in models predicting feedbacks between terrestrial ecosystems and our planet’s climate. One existing theory postulate that the arrangement of soil pores, being the hotspot of biological activities, may regulate microbial activities, and thus, determine if this deep soil reservoir of organic matter becomes mineralized into greenhouse gases. This project aims to put this theory to the test and increase our understanding about what role soil-pore architectures play in regulating turnover of soil organic matter in the Arctic. Could alterations of soil pore systems cause an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from Arctic soils?

In this project we value candidates who have experience modeling and analyzing complex networks using packages like NetworkX or self-written code. We search for a creative candidate that is interested in understanding differences in functionality between complex 3D structures formed by abiotic and biotic processes. The project will utilize expertise available at the Umeå Institute of Design to create 3D replicas of natural soil pore systems that will allow us to empirically validate theoretical models. Traveling to arctic regions will be optional.

This postdoc will be placed in IceLab, hosted by the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science and supervised by a multidisciplinary team with complementing expertise in soil science, design and network modelling.


A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate qualifies for employment as a postdoctoral fellow. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. The degree shall be in one of the following fields: mathematics, computer science, physics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, mathematical statistics. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances. The ideal candidate has strong skills in building and implementing mathematical and statistical models.

The applicant needs additionally to have excellent skills in modern computer programming languages such as C++, Python, MATLAB or R. Personal qualities such as collaboration, communication, strong drive and motivation, critical thinking abilities, creativity and analytical skills are essential. You should be able to perform research independently and as part of a team. Good knowledge of oral and written English is required.

We also value candidates who have experience modeling and analyzing complex networks using packages like NetworkX or self-written code.


A full application should include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, which project or projects you are particularly interested in, and your motives for applying (max 2 pages),
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list,
  3. Certified copy of doctoral degree certificate,
  4. Certified copies of other diplomas, list of completed academic courses and grades,
  5. Copy of doctoral thesis,
  6. Copies of relevant publications,
  7. Contact information for at least two reference persons,
  8. Other documents that the applicant wishes to claim.

Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.6-1949-21, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to The application can be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. Application deadline is 15 October 2021.

A copy of the application should also be sent to

Further information

For more information, please contact Professor Jonatan Klaminder, and Associate Professor Ludvig Lizana,

We look forward to receiving your application.

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