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PhD student position in Aquatic Biogeochemistry

PhD student position in Aquatic Biogeochemistry

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Uppsala University

Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology


Uppsala, Sweden


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Geomorphology (GM)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Required education

Application deadline
27 January 2019

2 January 2019

Job description

PhD student position in Aquatic Biogeochemistry
published: 2018-12-20

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

A PhD student position in Aquatic Biogeochemistry is available at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology program.

The Department of Ecology and Genetics is an international environment with staff and students from all over the world. Our research spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. For more information, see

The Limnology program engages in research and teaching on inland waters. There are three research focus areas, with a high degree of overlap and collaboration: aquatic communities and populations, biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. For more information, see

Project description: The successful candidate will work in a project that investigates the links between sediment and methane emission in river systems. Methane emission from inland waters is extremely heterogeneous in time and space, and at present, the magnitude and dynamics of methane emission cannot be confidently predicted at large spatial scales. This project aims at integrating landscape-scale drivers of sediment transport and deposition (geomorphology) with biogeochemical and physical knowledge on methane production and emission. The project combines empirical methods (field measurements and lab experiments) with modelling that integrates process understanding. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council.

Duties: Your duties include to perform research, courses and teaching within the project’s subject area.

Qualifications required: To be eligible for a PhD-student position the applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Limnology, Environmental Engineering or another relevant field. Knowledge of both empirical work (fieldwork, lab experiments) as well as modelling. Candidates must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken as well as written English.

Qualifications desired: Knowledge within Aquatic Biogeochemistry, both at a theoretical and practical level, is meriting. Driving license for car (class B) is meriting.

Position: The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university’s rules and guidelines More information about postgraduate studies at Uppsala University is available at

Access: As soon as possible, or as agreed.

Application: The application should include
1) a letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests and motivation of why you want to do a PhD, and why you are suitable for the position,
2) your CV,
3) a short description of your education,
4) a copy of your master degree, your course grades and a copy of your master thesis, 5) the names and contact information to at least two reference persons (e-mail address and phone no.), and
6) publications produced.
The application should be written in English.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

For further information about the position please contact: Sebastian Sobek, Senior Lecturer,, +46 18 471 2718.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than January 27 2019, UFV-PA 2018/4631.

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
Town: Uppsala
County: Uppsala län
Country: Sweden
Union representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/4631
Last application date: 2019-01-27