PhD student- Subsurface Water Role- WEO Dept- Stockholm University


1. Project description
We seek a PhD candidate for a research project in hydrology, focusing on quantitative analysis, data interpretation and modeling of the subsurface water system role for water quantity and quality changes in hydrological catchments. This includes consideration of the waterborne propagation of human impacts, for instance from land-use changes at the surface, through the subsurface to surface waters. The PhD project is data-intensive and will require use and analysis of various regional and global datasets to assess relevant water changes in and across different parts and regions of the world. The project will also require process based modeling of change drivers and impacts, and of the propagation of the latter through the subsurface to surface water.

2. 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.

3. Selection
The selection among 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 relevant hydrological science, 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.

Main assessment criteria also include the candidate's ability to compile various types of data, and to model and analyze water quantity and quality changes based on diverse available datasets. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in quantitative hydrological science and modelling that accounts for the subsurface water system, and in using Geographical Information Systems and national and international databases. Candidates should be highly motivated, committed and enthusiastic about working in the field of this position. The PhD dissertation will be written in English.

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

4. 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 also be engaged 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.

4. Contact
For more information, please contact Gia Destouni, telephone: +46 8 16 47 85,

5. Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 40 17, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

6. Application
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, including descriptions of:
    – why you are interested in the announced subject /project
    – how you envision to carry out the project 
    – what makes you suitable for the project
  • 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.

You are welcome to apply!

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