Doctoral student in Marine Geology

Ref PAR 2024/104

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Doctoral position in Marine Geology  

The Department of Marine Science ( at the University of Gothenburg has with its broad scientific competence area and its unique infrastructure the most complete environment for marine science and marine education in Sweden. Only a few similar organizations exist in Europe. Through advanced research infrastructure and the clear connection to societies needs and challenges, the department contributes to new solutions for the global challenges surrounding the ocean.

The Department of Marine Science conducts science, education and innovation related to the sea and its resources. The operations are conducted in Gothenburg, at the research stations Kristineberg Center for Marine Science and Innovation and Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, as well as on the research vessel Skagerak. The department has an interdisciplinary width that includes marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, marine conservation and oceanography, and the research area spans geographically from coast to world ocean. Our scientists and students often have prominent roles in international expeditions, from Antarctica, Arctic, and the vast world ocean, but also work in our newly built laboratories with advanced equipment and complex analyses methods. The department also has a broad education palette, including a bachelor’s program, three master´s programs and a Ph. D. education in the marine domain.  

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages.   


Subject area description

A PhD student position is available in our new research group in “Anthropocene Marine Sedimentology“ at the Department of Marine Sciences at Gothenburg University.

Understanding global change and its societal impacts also requires advancing and applying process oriented research in sedimentology in an interdisciplinary approach. We offer one PhD student position to work in two overlapping new research projects funded by the European Union to improve deep sea monitoring and restoration applying state-of-the-art (robotic) technologies and Digital Twins. The PhD project will focus on sensor based monitoring and quantifying natural and anthropogenically induced particle transport in the benthic boundary layer in the Skagerrak (Bratten MPA) and other deep sea locations. These regions experience significant environmental effects from "particle plumes" and require a more comprehensive understanding. 

Additional shallow water study sites are present in the Gullmarsfjord at Kristineberg Center. A newly established laboratory on sedimentology as well as two teleoperated seafloor robots are available. The two EU projects “Redress” and “Digi4Eco” will allow intensive collaboration with and training at a total of 35 research institutions around Europe, from Northern Norway to the Eastern Mediterranean.



The successful candidate will conduct experiments and participate in large-scale laboratory experiments (mesocosms) and/or sea-going expeditions to collect sediments and particles and characterize their hydrodynamic behavior using sensors. Teleoperated robots controlled via WLAN from office computers or research vessels will also be used.  Research and training visits to collaborating institutions and conferences are part of the training. The successful candidate is also expected to author and write scientific publications and a PhD thesis in English.

As a PhD student at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, the candidate will be expected to work in a small team, have flexibility to adapt to change, commitment to learn new skills, and build excellent data handling and communication skills in oral and written English.   

Additionally, the following assignments apply:

  • Produce the doctoral thesis
  • Plan and carry out laboratory experiments, small field campaigns and process and analyze samples
  • Disseminate results in peer-reviewed journals and elsewhere
  • as part of the Swedish research education, the candidate is expected to participate in courses or similar relevant activities (comprising one year of full-time studies)
  • Demonstrate public outreach and engagement activities

Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.    

As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.  



Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and, where appropriate, specific eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.  

The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:    

  1. having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or
  2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or  
  3. the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad. 

Specific entry requirements for this subject, according to the general syllabus, are a MSc degree in marine sciences or closely related fields. Candidates from all countries are welcome to apply.


Assessment criteria   

The selection of applicants who meet the basic and specific eligibility requirements will be based on the ability to assimilate the education at third-cycle level.   

Requirements for the position are that the applicant has experiences in one or more of the following: particle -transport and -fluxes, aquatic field work, laboratory and field experiments using sensors (e.g. ADCP, turbidity, cameras, fluorometer, CTD) and/or robots or free fall landers.

As merits, we attach much weight to the ability for independent thinking, initiative, the ability to work independently and as a part of a team and excellent communication skills (both verbal and written). We also attatch much weight to the ability to document research results in English. Experience in teaching, outreach or leadership will also be considered as positive assets. The main criterion for selection will be the motivation and research potential of the applicant.



Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg.   

The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100.    

Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time.  

 A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years.   

Type of employment: Fixed term employment, 4 years.  
Extent: Full time, 100%.
Location: Until further notice at the Department of Marine Science, Kristineberg Center for marine science and innovation, Fiskebäckskil.
First day of employment: Upon agreement

The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.   


Selection process   

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview.


Contact information 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Professor Laurenz Thomsen

Additional information about the laboratory can be found here.



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:   



You can apply to be admitted for education at third-cycle level via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal.   

It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.   


Applicants should submit the following documents in English:

  • An application letter in English including a statement of interest and motivation for the position and the specific research topic and how the application is well suited to the proposed work (max 2 pages)
  • CV including scientific publications (if available)
  • A scientific text written by the applicant, e.g. scientific publication or Masters thesis
  • One set of certified copies of certificates
  • Contact information of two references (name, contact information and relation)


Applications must be received by: 2024-03-20



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