The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 135 employees and educates approximately 1000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences and environmental management. The main research areas are: Biogeography and Geomatics, Climate science and Quaternary Geology, Environment, resource dynamics and management, Geomorphology and glaciology, and Hydrology, water resources and permafrost. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department.

Project description
The PhD position is within a FORMAS financed project that aims to produce a guidebook to lower or reverse greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from drained peatlands currently supporting productive forests. The basis for the guidebook will draw from empirical monitoring data as well as modeled scenario analyses.

The project is a collaboration between university researchers at Stockholm, Gothenburg and Lund, and involves different interested stakeholders such as landowners and agencies. The project will produce a popular scientific guidebook that describes different measures, such as rewetting, to reduce or reverse the emissions of greenhouse gases from drained peatlands with productive forests. The empirical basis for the guidebook will be in the form of measurement data from the Skogaryd research station, part of the SITES research infrastructure, as well as from other monitored sites with drained peatlands in Sweden and neighboring countries. The measurements will be scaled up in space and time using two dynamic ecosystem models, of which the model ForSAFE is the one required for this position. The modeling requires data management, a certain familiarity with programming code to be able to modify the model as needed, and experience with system dynamics and ecosystem science to be able to understand the simulated processes.

A close collaboration is expected with a  PhD student to be recruited at the University of Gothenburg, who will be using the COUP model. Moreover, the work will be communicated with stakeholders as the project progresses. The empirical and modelling results will be combined to design and test different land use alternatives, including rewetting, that would turn drained peatlands from net GHG emitters to sinks while considering the effects of climate change.

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, 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 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 candidate’s documented knowledge in a field relevant to the research area
  • Ability to handle large amounts of data,
  • Ability to communicate in Swedish is a merit,
  • Willingness and ability to work with empirical and modelling tools,
  • Ability to handle program code,
  • Written and oral proficiency in English, documented scientific publications a merit,
  • 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.

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 associate professor Salim Belyazid,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

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 job 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).

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

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