PhD Scholarship in Oceanography at Stockholm University

Stockholm University, Sweden is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in oceanography. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for four years in Sweden. Candidates are welcome before November 05, 2018.

At the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU), we conduct research and education in an international environment within four main areas: Atmospheric physics, Dynamic meteorology, Physical oceanography and Chemical meteorology. In all these areas there is a strong focus on the climate and on processes important for the climate and its development. The department employs some 65 individuals, of which about 30 are scientists, 20 PhD students and 15 in the administration and the technical support. The department is part of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research and together with three other departments at the university cover research of most of the important aspects of the climate system.

For more information about PhD studies at MISU:

Project description

Internal waves in the ocean are created when tidal currents flow over seamounts on the bottom. The waves can travel long distances, and when they break they mix the water in the deep ocean. This mixing plays a key role in the global ocean circulation, and is important for the ocean heat transport and the Earth's climate. In this project the internal waves will be studied by combining for the first time two different types of data: satellite measurements of the sea surface height, and acoustic measurements of the stratification in the interior of the ocean. Together with theoretical models, this can give a new picture of how the internal waves are created, propagate and break.

Besides data analysis, the project may involve theoretical model development and observational work, depending on the student. There are possibilities to participate in marine expeditions to conduct acoustic measurements. The PhD student will receive broad training in climate science, physical oceanography and acoustics. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (grant 2017-04623), and is a collaboration with a group of marine geophysicists at the Department of Geological Sciences, which has large expertise in acoustic methods.

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, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of meteorology stipulates that at least 90 points must be in one of the subjects Meteorology, Oceanography, Physics or Chemistry, at least 15 credits must be in Mathematics, and an independent project work corresponding to at least 15 credits must have been completed. The requirements can also be met by acquiring the corresponding knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

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 candidates' documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in both Swedish and 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.

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


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