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PhD student in Ecotoxicology

Ref. No. SU FV-0146-19

at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. Closing date: 8 February 2019.

Research and education at Stockholm University at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP) is located in the Arrhenius Laboratories, situated at the University Campus at Frescati. Research carried spans across a broad range of biology subject areas including Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Presently around 140 people are working at DEEP using state-of-the art methodologies in an international research environment characterized by world-recognized researchers and a high level of professionalism.

Project description
We announce a four-year PhD position, part of a new project called CAPTIVE, Thin-layer capping with reactive sorbents – a cost effective and environmentally sustainable alternative to dredging of polluted sediment. The objective of the project is to test innovative methods to remediate contaminated sediments in situ (on site). The methods consist in adding a thin layer of clean sediment mixed with a reactive sorbent that can bind and immobilize the contaminants on site and thus avoid the need for dredging. The project focuses on the outer harbor of Oskarshamn as a test site and also on other similar polluted areas in Sweden. Using laboratory experiments, mesocosms, field and modeling studies, the PhD student will test the remediation capacity of various types of reactive sorbents (carbonaceous or calcareous materials) for metals and organic pollutants and evaluate their aptitude for sediment remediation in Oskarshamn and at other contaminated sediment sites in Sweden and internationally. The project is funded within the research program TUFFO ( and co-funded by SU, KTH, the Baltic Sea Centre and Oskarshamn municipality.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Ecotoxicology stipulates, that applicants must have completed at least 60 higher education credits in the second cycle of which 15 credits must be from a course in Ecotoxicology, and 30 credits from a project in Ecotoxicology. Applicants may also have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The criteria used in the selection for admittance to research training in Ecotoxicology are knowledge of theory and applications in the research field, knowledge with relevance for the research project; ability to communicate orally and in writing in Swedish and in English, creativity, analytic competence, initiative, independence and collaboration ability. We are looking for a highly motivated and self-directed student with a master degree in biology, ecotoxicology or equivalent in aquatic sciences. Meriting skills are: experience in sediment biogeochemistry, ecology, laboratory and field work and previous experience in communicating with Swedish environmental agencies, municipalities and entrepreneurs within the branch.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact project leader, Prof Jonas Gunnarsson, telephone: +46 70 576 24 21,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 40 17, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. We recommend that you hand in your application, including necessary documents, in English.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data

  • Your highest university degree

  • Your language skills

  • Contact details for 2–3 reference persons

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter (2-3 pages), containing
     - Your expectations from, and intentions with the education
     - Why you are interested in the specific project
     - What makes you suitable for the specific project

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses

  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)

  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 4 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 08/02/2019

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