PhD student in Ecology and Evolution

Ref. No. SU FV-2585-17

at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. Closing date: 2017-10-01.

At the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University, research and education are conducted in an international environment. The subject areas are Ecology and Evolution, Ecotoxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Physiology and Plant Systematics. Some of the research has direct environmental and societal relevance and the approach is often broad and interdisciplinary. About 140 people are working at the Department, of which ca. 35 are teachers and researchers, and 50 are PhD students.

Project description
The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences invites applications for a four-year PhD position, part of the project: Managing the microclimate for climate-tracking forest species.

There are many accounts that well-dispersing species are able to track the moving window of suitable climate by shifting their distribution, while others have problems with this. However, forest species are as much constrained by management as by climate. An additional factor that complicate our understanding of how climate change is affecting forest species is that the vegetation here is a stronger regulator of the microclimate than most other factors. This means that forestry both directly and indirectly will affect species distributions. In this project, the PhD-student will explore how southern warm adapted forest plants are affected by the simultaneous processes of climate change and land-use (forestry). Moreover, we aim to investigate how forest management could be used as a tool to improve the capacity for such species to expand their distribution along with the change in climate.

We approach these aims by:
1) exploring what aspects of warming that is relevant for southern species,
2) investigating if areas that recently have become climatically suitable have been colonized by southern species, and
3) examining what type of forest management that is needed to create suitable microclimates for these species at their leading distribution edge. We will use plants (vascular plants and bryophytes) as our main study organisms.

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 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.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme 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 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 collaboration ability. Experiences of fieldwork, GIS and statistical analyses (for example in R) are merits. The evaluation will be based on the applicants education, experiences, quality of the master thesis (and similar texts), references and an interview.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

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 Project Leader Kristoffer Hylander, telephone: +46 8 16 48 99, [email protected]

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Subject Representative Johan Ehrlén, telephone: +46 8 16 12 02, [email protected]

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), [email protected] (SEKO), and PhD student representative, [email protected]

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. We recommend that you hand in your application, including necessary documents, in English.

Please include the following information with your application

Your contact details and personal data
Your highest university degree
Your language skills
Contact details for 2–3 reference persons

and, in addition, please include the following documents

Cover letter (2-3 pages), containing
– Your expectations from, and intentions with the education
– Why you are interested in the specific project
– What makes you suitable for the specific project
CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
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!

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Closing date: 01/10/2017

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