PhD Scholarship in Ecology and Evolution at Stockholm University

Stockholm University, Sweden is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in biodiversity. The funds for this fellowship are available for four years. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2019.

Research and education at Stockholm University at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP) is located in the Arrhenius Laboratories, situated at the University Campus at Frescati. Research carried spans across a broad range of biology subject areas including Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Presently around 140 people are working at DEEP using state-of-the art methodologies in an international research environment characterized by world-recognized researchers and a high level of professionalism.

Project description

The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences invites applications for a four-year PhD position part of the project Managing constructed and natural wetlands for arthropod diversity in agricultural landscapes, which is a collaborative project between ecological and hydrological research. The focus within this PhD project is on terrestrial biodiversity (spiders, beetles and flies) as well as on trophic interactions, in a comparison between different wetland types, both natural and human made. Trophic interactions will be quantified using molecular tools. Qualification requirements

In order to meetthe 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 meetthe specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Ecology and Evolution stipulates, that applicants must have completed at least 60 higher education credits in the second cycle, of which 15 credits must be from a course in one of the areas Ecology or Evolution, and 30 credits from a project in one of the areas Ecology or Evolution. Applicants may also have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

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


The criteria used in the selection for admittance to research training in Ecology and Evolution are knowledge of theory and applications in the research field, ability to communicate orally and in writing, knowledge of English, creativity, analytic competence, initiative, independence and collaborative ability. Additional merits include previous experiences in working with (a) insects or spiders, and (b) basic molecular tools (DNA extraction, PCR).

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

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.


For more information, please contact Professor Peter Hambck, telephone: +46 8 16 12 88, Union representatives

Ingrid Lander(Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Lisbeth Hggberg(Fackfrbundet ST/Lrarfrbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 40 17,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Application Apply for the 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. We recommend that you hand in your application, including necessary documents, in English. Please include the following information with your application

and, in addition, please include the following documents


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