[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD student in Physical Geography: Relations between hydro-climate, nutrient characteristics and biodiversity of wetlands

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Oct 26 22:00:52 MDT 2017

Ref. No. SU FV-3154-17
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*at the Department of Physical Geography <http://www.natgeo.su.se/english/>*

*. Closing date: 5 November 2017.*The Department of Physical Geography is
one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The
department has approximately 140 employees and educates approximately 1 000
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.

*Project description*As part of the multidisciplinary Bolin Centre for
Climate Research (*Research Area 7*), the Department of Physical Geography
has an opening for a PhD position on the intersection between physical
geography and biodiversity science. The overarching research topic is
hydro-climatic change and large-scale sustainability of ecosystem services
of constructed, restored and unmanaged wetlands. Despite a trend of wetland
establishment in Sweden and elsewhere, the sustained delivery of key
ecosystem services has not been thoroughly evaluated before. We seek a
candidate for a PhD position that will investigate possible correlations
between hydrological/nutrient characteristics of wetlands and wetland
landscapes on the one hand, and wetland biodiversity on the other hand.
Such relations are necessary for quantifying impacts of on-going and
possible future hydro-climatic changes. An important project approach will
be to combine and synthesise large hydrological and ecological datasets,
screening for correlations and possible predictors of wetland
biodiversity (in particular insect diversity) that can be used for
assessing impacts of ambient change. The work will include both numerical
modelling, e.g., using scenario analyses and statistical correlations, and
collection of hydrological and biological data in the field.

*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

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.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle
program may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment
criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit
from the training.

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 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 for this position also include the candidate's
ability to independently compile environmental data, perform statistical
analyses and make relevant quantitative model interpretations. Preference
will be given to applicants with a background in geosciences, environmental
sciences, landscape ecology, and/or GIS. Candidates must be self-motivated,
committed and enthusiastic about working in a large cross-disciplinary
project. The PhD dissertation will be written in English.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are
available at: www.su.se/rules

*Terms of employment*
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 Assoc. prof. Jerker Jarsjö, telephone:
+46 76 205 86 73, jerker.jarsjo at natgeo.su.se, or Assoc. prof. Andrew
Frampton, telephone +46 8 674 7592, andrew.frampton at natgeo.su.se.

Further information about the position can be obtained from HR responsible
Susanna Blåndman, susanna.blandman at natgeo.su.se.

*Union representatives*
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and
Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), seko at seko.su.se (SEKO),
and PhD student representative: doktorandombud at sus.su.se.

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by
clicking the "Apply" button. 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
   - Research proposal (no more than 2 pages) describing:
   – why you are interested in the field/project described in the
   – how you wish to conduct the project
   – what makes you suitable for the project in question
   - Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general
   and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
   - Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants

*You are welcome to apply!*

Stockholm University – our education and research produce results.

*Closing date:* 05/11/2017

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