Doctoral student in Geobiosphere Science 64 views

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geograhy and Ecosystem Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into ten departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1900 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

We seek a PhD student to the project ‘How do nutrients control the productivity of brownified freshwater and coastal ecosystems?’, who will be admitted to the research education in Geobiosphere Science at Lund University.

Job Assignment

Anthropogenic drivers lead to unwanted loading of nutrients to freshwater and marine ecosystems, potentially causing eutrophication and loss of biodiversity and fish stocks. The ability to predict these ecological responses is limited by the current understanding of nutrient bioavailability, i.e. the degree to which nutrients can be assimilated by biota. The PhD student will in this project apply a new laboratory tool to simultaneously determine N, P and organic carbon bioavailability in surface waters. This tool will be used to characterize patterns of bioavailable nutrient loading from land, and to explain spatial and temporal variability in nutrient limitation of primary production and bacterioplankton production in inland and coastal waters.


We seek an enterprising and motivated candidate with background in Geosciences or equivalent (e.g., ecologist or geochemist), who can work independently to reach long-term goals. Experience in laboratory work is required and documented skills in scientific writing in English (such as published scientific papers) are meriting. Applicants should also have documented skills in quantitative methods, for example courses or work on statistics, modeling or analysis of large data sets. The applicants must include a motivation to why they are suited for graduate studies and explain how they can contribute to the project. Applications that lack this motivation will be discarded.

Applicants are expected to hold a university degree (preferably MSc. or equivalent) in natural sciences. A degree in subjects like Geochemistry, Physical Geography or Ecology is preferable.


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2018-04-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/4097
  • Martin Berggren, Senior University Lecturer, +46 46 222 1734,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 14.Dec.2017
Last application date 14.Jan.2018 11:59 PM CET
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Lund University was founded in 1666 and is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

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