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Postdoc, Legacies of water pollution by groundwater from land to coast

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm (SE)
Closing date
Feb 12, 2024

Subsurface legacy sources of pollutants and submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) are largely overlooked and understudied pathways of waterborne pollutant spreading from land to sea that can play a major role in driving water quality in the coastal ocean.

The appointee will quantify fresh flow (including SDG) rates and associated nutrient and pollutant transport to the sea. A core focus is to develop high catchment-based water and nutrient/pollutant budgets and models for these using geospatial datasets, and also relating the modelling to the rates of water infiltration and recharge, and nutrient/pollutant inputs over each contributing (sub)catchment.

Using multi-model/method approaches will allow for assumptions to be challenged, modified, and eventually validated, building confidence on estimates for coastal regions, with a primary focus on the Baltic sea coast. An important aim is also to establish relationships with geology, land use and climate change to further enable a framework for scenario projection of future changes in SGD and related nutrient and pollutant loads, in particular from subsurface legacy sources.  

The candidate is expected to produce high-quality scientific papers, suitable for publication in high profile journals, present their work at national and international conferences, and contribute to external funding proposals.



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.

    The applicant is required to demonstrate:

  • a strong background in computational methods, for coupling hydrological (including groundwater) models with coastal-marine waters along coastal areas
  • Programming skills, especially for catchment-based hydrological-hydrogeological modeling and related water and pollutant budgets using geospatial datasets
  • a publication track record that shows ability to conduct and publish relevant hydrological-hydrogeological research
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in English since it is essential for the daily work.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Experience from developing modelling methods and tools that can contribute to coupling terrestrial and coastal water flows and related water quality evolution, and establishing relationships with geology, land use and climate change for future scenario projections.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills such as:

  • awareness of diversity and equal opportunities issues with a particular focus on gender equality,
  • co-operation skills,
  • independence.

To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

The application must include:

  1. Cover letter (1 page max): Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals.
  2. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge (4 pages max).
  3. Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  4. Of the highest importance for this position is to write a research proposal (min 4 pages) describing these research questions:

What are important terrestrial groundwater influences on the fluxes and related pollutant transport from the European continent to its marginal seas? How can climate, land use and geology contribute to drive and/or modify these fluxes and related conventional and emerging pollutant loads from land to sea? What are the time lags involved in these flows and pollutant loads?

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