PhD Student in Marine Geology - Specialization Physical Oceanography

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 24 Jun 2021

at the Department of Geological Sciences . Closing date: 24 June 2021.

Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world’s most dynamic capitals. The University has more than 29 000 students, 1 400 doctoral students and 5 700 staff members active within natural science and human science.

The Department of Geological Sciences is a department within the Faculty of Science with about 70 employees and 1 000 students per year. The department supports a broad range of basic research within marine geoscience, geochemistry and classical geology. The position is in collaboration with colleagues at the Bolin Centre for Climate Research and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

Project description
The aim of the PhD project is to compare the ocean circulation during periods in the past and future in which global warming was driven by higher CO2 concentrations, solar radiation, or a different continental geography. Particular focus will be what drives the Arctic Ocean circulation and sea-ice, and the deep circulation in the ocean, also called the Meridional Overturning Circulation, in these various climate states. These aspects of the ocean circulation are inter-related and both have a large, but to a great extent unknown, impact on European climate. The ultimate vision is to use our improved understanding of the ocean circulation in warm climates to better predict the ocean circulation in a future greenhouse world.

Time periods of specific interest are the so-called super interglacials of the past million years, including the Last Interglacial (~130-115 thousand years ago), as well as the Miocene (~23-5 million years ago), which is sometimes considered to be an analogue for the future. The selected candidate will perform climate simulations in the European climate model EC-Earth. In addition, they will make opportunistic use of available high-resolution climate model simulations for the Last Interglacial and a suite of Miocene climate simulations. There is potential for an opportunity to participate in an Arctic Ocean expedition.

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.

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 depending on the chosen subject area in marine geoscience
  • In addition, at least 60 credits at the advanced level, including 30 credits of independent work in geosciences

++ For this PhD project, the following fields within geoscience are particularly relevant: oceanography, atmospheric or climate science.

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 marine 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.

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

Selection among the eligible candidates will prioritize demonstrated academic ability, an understanding of ocean and climate dynamics, quantitative skills and programming skills. Other assessment criteria consist of proven written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, creativity, initiative, and independence.

The assessment will be based on the candidate´s previous studies and grades, quality of independent work, references, relevant experience, the applicant´s written motivation for the position, as well as in an oral interview.

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 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 Dr. Agatha de Boer, .

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 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 .

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 24/06/2021

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