Ref. No. SU FV-4646-22
The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 110 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and management. The main research areas are: Landscape, Environment and Geomatics, Climate Science and Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology and Glaciology, and Water, Permafrost and Environmental systems. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department.
In Sweden, there are many thousands of contaminated areas with very high levels of heavy metals and other toxic products from industrial activities. Mining sites and especially warp piles in Sweden often contain high levels of heavy metals and other toxic compounds. The pollutants leak out from the warp piles with rainwater and spread to surface and groundwater affecting large areas with serious consequences for the environment. Trees standing on warp piles absorb pollutants in the annual growth and can be used as indicators for polluted soil and groundwater and enable a pollution history during the life of the tree. This project focused how trees can be used as forensic methods and which sample strategies will be used when investigate a pollutant site and how is toxic substances are spread. How will contaminants spread in changing climate?
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, and to fulfil the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of physical geography, the candidate for this position should have acquired a total of 240 higher education credits (of which at least 60 at advanced level), or acquired in some alternative fashion, the equivalent knowledge in geoscience, environmental science or other relevant natural or engineering science. The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.
The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.
The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. Criteria used to assess this ability are: excellent written and verbal communication skills, assessed ability to work independently and ability to formulate and attack scientific problems, the ability to represent the research group internally and externally, including at national and international conferences and workshops.
Since trees will be used as a source, experience with dendrochronological methods and an understanding of how trees absorb different types of elements is desirable. Programming skills, knowledge of soil chemistry and understanding of how pollution spreads in soil and water are meritorious.
The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and particularly the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.
Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules 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.
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Apply for the PhD student 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 advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.
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/Research proposal describing:– why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement – why and how you wish to complete the project – what makes you suitable for the project in question
- 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).
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