PhD Position in Natural Science Specializing in Ecology

Applications are invited for a PhD position in marine sciences to join University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The funds for this fellowship are available for four years. This position is closed on December 13, 2018.

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work with questions relating to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The field of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is, broadly speaking, about the functional consequence of changes in biodiversity. The specific focus of the research is to be developed together with the supervisor, and possible scientific avenues include (i) how the relationship between biodiversity and functioning changes with spatial scale and (ii) studying the consequences of changes in macroalgal diversity on rocky shores. There is also potential for working with applied questions relating to marine environmental monitoring of biodiversity in relation to the European Habitats directive and the Marine strategy framework directive.

Admission to third cycle education is aiming at a PhD in Natural Science, specializing in Ecology. The education runs for four years of fulltime studies, containing three years of thesis work and one year of academic education (i.e. course work and literature studies). A selection of courses at the Department/Faculty is available, but national/international courses can also be selected. Some teaching and/or course administration can be included which extends the contract to the same extent. You will be employed at University of Gothenburg, and salary follows the regulations at University of Gothenburg.

In addition to pursuing its his/her own research studies, PhD students may be required to perform other duties, such as teaching, research and administrative work according to special regulations

Upon appointment the degree of ability to successfully complete the PhD program must first be evaluated. Only applicants who are admitted to the PhD program at the Dep. of Marine Sciences may be hired.

The candidate should have a bachelor or master degree in ecology or biology (or equivalent), and a broad interest in general ecology. Experience in, or interest in learning, (i) statistics, (ii) modelling, (iii) the software R, and (iv) ecological theory are good merits, as is experience with carrying out field- and lab experiments. Being able to work both independently and with other people in a group is a prerequisite.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80. The main assessment is an judgement for the applicant to successfully complete the PhD education.

First day of employment: According to agreement

University of Gothenburg offer a PhD position at the Department of Marine Sciences.

The following should be included

The highest ranked applicants will be contacted for interview.


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