Stockholm University PhD Student Position in Marine Ecology in Sweden, 2017

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Department of Ecology and Environmental Botany is inviting application for a PhD project “Benthic food webs in the Baltic Sea.”

The overall objective of this project is to improve our knowledge of how marine benthic food webs are structured and understand the importance of trophic flexibility and omnivore the food web and network stability.

At the Department of Ecology and Environmental botany research and education in an international environment. The subject areas are marine ecology and plant ecology, ecotoxicology, plant physiology and plant systematics. Part of the research has direct environmental and social relevance and is often conducted broad and interdisciplinary. Department approximately 140 persons, of which about 35 are teachers and researchers and about 50 are doctoral.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing the graduate programme leading to the Swedish degree of ‘filosofie doktor’ (PhD).

Study Subject: Project Description: Department of Ecology and Environmental botany seeking a PhD project “Benthic food webs in the Baltic Sea.”

How species interact with each other affect the functioning of ecosystems and the ecosystem services we depend on. Understanding how the food web is built is also necessary to predict how it will react to disturbances. Although we know so far little about how species interact with each other, mainly because of methodological limitations. DNA techniques, particularly DNA barcoding, provide opportunities to address some of these limitations. This is particularly important for benthic invertebrate food web dominated by detritivores. Most of the knowledge about these food webs based on interactions of macrobenthos that usually are omnivores. How microscopic benthic species often specialize in a particular food interact in food webs are largely unknown. The overall objective of this project is to improve our knowledge of how marine benthic food webs are structured and understand the importance of trophic flexibility and omnivore the food web and network stability. In addition, this project will examine how food webs mediate the effects of anthropogenic disturbance in the benthic ecosystems.

Scholarship can be taken in the Sweden

Eligibility: 

  • General eligibility as a degree at advanced level completed courses of at least 240 credits, including 60 credits at the advanced level, or otherwise, within or outside the country acquired the equivalent knowledge.
  • Special eligibility for admission to postgraduate studies in marine ecology, the applicant must have a total minimum of 30 credits at the advanced level in the subjects of biology, earth science and chemistry, as well as performed an independent project of at least 30 credits at the advanced level in the ecological field. Special permission has anyone within or outside the country acquired the equivalent knowledge.
  • As a graduate student, only the employed who are or have been admitted to postgraduate studies at a university. At the doctoral student/admissions to postgraduate level should be considered primarily at the level of ability to benefit from research studies.

Selection

  • Criteria for selection for admission to postgraduate studies in marine ecology are subject knowledge relevant to the research task, practical experience and knowledge relevant to the research objective knowledge of scientific theory and methods, analytical skills, proven by the scientific report, essay, thesis and the candidate’s personal references. The experience of PCR analysis, genetic sequencing, and bioinformatics good statistical skills is an advantage. Applicants are expected to have good communication skills in English.

Terms of employment

  • A new doctoral student applies for a maximum of one year. The appointment may be renewed for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of doctoral studies full time.
  • A person employed as a doctoral student should primarily devote themselves to their studies at the graduate level but may work a maximum of 20% with education, research and administration.
  • Please note that the decision on the appointment of postgraduate students can not be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace that is free from discrimination and provide equal opportunities for all.

How To Apply: Applicants are seeking employment through Stockholm University’s recruitment system by clicking on the “Apply“. You as the applicant is responsible for the application is complete in accordance with the ad and that it is submitted before the application deadline. We recommend that the application and related documents, written in English.

When you apply we ask you to fill in the following information

  • your contact and personal information
  • Your highest degree
  • your language skills
  • contact information for 2-3 referees
  • and to submit the following documents

cover letter (2-3 pages) describing

  • Your expectations, and intentions of the training
  • Why you are interested in the current project
  • What makes you suitable for the current project
  • CV – qualifications and other training, work experience and list of independent projects/essays diplomas, and certificates confirming the general and specific entry (max 6 files)
  • independent work / essays (max 3 files).
  • Instructions for applicants are available on the website: instructions – seekers.

Application Deadline: Contact Employer

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