Stockholm University PhD student in Geosciences

Stockholm University (SU)


Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for a PhD position in field work in northern Sweden to collect lake sediments for genetical and environmental analyses, at Stockholm University, Sweden

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General Info

Position: PhD student
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Geological Sciences
Stockholm University
Stockholm University (SU)

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Qualification Details

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.

The academic area board may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant under special circumstances.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Marine Geology stipulates that applicants must have:

  • At least 90 credits in geosciences
  • At least 30 credits in mathematics, physics, chemistry and / or biology
  • In addition, at least 60 credits at the advanced level, including 30 credits of independent work in geosciences.

Special qualification may also be fulfilled by a person who has acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in a different order within or outside the country.

For some specializations within the geological education at the postgraduate level, students who have undergone their main level education in related scientific subjects such as physics, chemistry, mathematics or biology may also be accepted.

Eligibility must be met in order to be accepted as a PhD student for the doctoral program at the department.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence.

The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position. In addition, experience in bioinformatics and laborative DNA analysis are important qualifications.

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for a PhD position based at the Centre for Palaeogenetics at Stockholm University. The project’s aim is to use ancient DNA from lake sediments to study the origin of the first humans who colonized northern Scandinavia. The project will also investigate how the flora and fauna developed over time in order to further understand the environment of the first colonizers and their possibilities to remain and thrive. The PhD project is part of a wider research program funded by the Swedish Research Council called “Pioneers of northern Scandinavia”, where the interaction between early humans, animals and plant communities will be examined.

The successful candidate will participate in field work in northern Sweden to collect lake sediments for genetical and environmental analyses. The genetic analysis will require work in a dedicated aDNA laboratory as well as bioinformatics. The selected candidate is expected to present the results at international/national conferences as well as in the form of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The PhD student will join the research group led by Anna Linderholm (see at the Centre for Palaeogenetics at the Stockholm University campus, and he/she will also be affiliated to the Department of Geological Sciences.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: SU FV-3383-21
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Please include the following information with your application:

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter describing:– why you are interested in this project– how your experience to date has prepared you to successfully complete this project– what do you hope to get out of this project in the longer term
  • CV including:– degrees completed– completed courses– a list of degree projects/theses– a list of work experience– relevant publications (if any)
  • 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 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

About the Department

The Department of Geological Sciences is a department within the Faculty of Science with courses at master's, bachelor's and orientation levels. The department supports a broad range of basic research within marine geology, geochemistry and classical geology.

About the Employer: Stockholm University (SU)

Note or Other details

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 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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Contact details

For more information, please contact Dr. Anna Linderholm,

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