PhD Scholarship in Physical Geography: The Combination of Hydrology and Remote Sensing to Understand Changes in Water Resources

Applications are invited for a PhD position in environmental sciences to join Stockholm University. The funds for this position are available for four years. The deadline for applying is September 30, 2018.

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. The chosen candidate will find a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department with high quality research and teaching.

Project description

The water resources in the Baltic Sea basin are experiencing important changes regarding water availability, variability and dynamics due to both human and climatic changes. For instance, Southern Sweden has been latelly experiencing droughts in summer due to low surface and ground water availability. In order to assess these water changes, remote sensing technologies become important tools that can be used to understand changes to water resources with good spatial and time scales. Interferoemtric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) is a remote sensing tool that can be used to study spatial and temporal changes in surface water and even groundwater (by studying land deformation in time). As such, InSAR can be combined with hydrology to understand changes in water resources due to human and climate changes.

We are looking for a motivated candidate that will develop its PhD studies at the forefront of hydrology, by using an innovative tool such as InSAR. The selected student will combine hydrological concepts and remote sensing tools to understand the dynamics of surface water and ground water in the Baltic Basin. Taking profit of the inter-disciplinary nature of the Department of Phsyical Geography, the student will collaborate with experts in climatic, remote sensing and hydrology areas to determine how water resources are changing in this region.

The selected candidate should have a general intrest in water resources and/or hydrology and a degree in either geography, engineering or remote sensing. Although previous experience with InSAR is an advantage, it is not necessary when applying. Strong motivation to learn this technology is also of great value for the selection of the candidate. No knowledge on the Baltic Area is required for the application and we encourage applications both from Sweden and abroad.

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 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:

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.


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 advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

and, in addition, please include the following documents
- Cover letter

- 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
- CV - degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
- 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).


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