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Job advertisement PhD student in Physical Geography: Ecosystem modelling

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PhD student in Physical Geography: Ecosystem modelling

PhD student in Physical Geography: Ecosystem modelling

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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 115 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: Landscape, Evironment and Geomatics, Climate Science and Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology and Glaciology, and Water, Permafrost and Environmental systems.


Stockholm, Sweden


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Required education

Application deadline
5 November 2021

13 October 2021

Job description

The PhD project focuses on modelling ecosystem processes and in particular microbial-plant interactions. Microbial processes have global-scale impacts, including climate regulation and provision of nutrients to plants, but how microbes and microbial-plant interactions respond to changes in soil resources remains challenging to understand and quantify with models. We thus need to improve the predictability of carbon and nutrient cycling. To address these challenges, this PhD project will explore theoretical approaches towards a holistic description of how microbial-plant interactions shape ecosystem dynamics.

How to apply

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system:

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 degree projects/theses
  • Project proposal presenting the applicant’s view on:
    – state of the art on the project topic described in the advertisement (max half page)
    – knowledge gaps that need to be addressed (max half page)
    – proposed approach to fill the identified gaps and how it is related to the applicant’s knowledge/expertise and previous experiences (max one page)
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).