Doctoral studentships in Environmental Science, specialising in environmental change and processes


Ref AP-2021/695

Södertörn University in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 13 000 students and 840 employees.
Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.

Environmental Science is a broad interdisciplinary research subject that examines societal interactions with natural values, processes and resources. Environmental Science covers the study of ecological, climatic and other natural processes that affect ecosystems over space and time, human-induced environmental problems, and environmental policy, governance and sustainability challenges. Knowledge in both natural and social sciences is necessary for the understanding of environmental and, more broadly, sustainability challenges. Research in Environmental Science at Södertörn University focuses on two integrated themes: (1) Environment  and (2) Sustainability Challenges and Pathways. These themes, as well as research in Environmental Science at Södertörn University, are described in more detail here

For more information about doctoral education and research in Environmental Studies at Södertörn University, please click here. 


These doctoral studentships are within the Environment research theme, which consists of overlapping research topics that are related to climate and environmental change, ecosystem functioning, ecological processes, and human impacts. The overarching objective of the theme is to understand the history and functions of our changing environment and the effects of adverse impacts from human activities, relevant to management, conservation and policy decisions leading to a sustainable future. The positions are affiliated with the Baltic and Eastern European Graduate School (BEEGS) and the research plan will be assessed for its relevance to the graduate school’s specific geographic area, i.e. the Baltic Sea region or Eastern European area, as well as for its relevance for the Environment research theme. 

These doctoral positions include admission to third-cycle education, i.e. research level, and employment on a doctoral studentship. The intended outcome for students admitted to third-cycle education is a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The programme covers 240 credits, which is the equivalent of four years of full-time study. A doctoral student’s working hours should primarily be dedicated to third-cycle studies, but may include education, research and/or administration up to 20% of full-time. 


The general entry requirements are:

  1. a second-cycle/Master’s level qualification,
  2. fulfilment of the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are awarded at second-cycle/Master’s level, or
  3. the acquisition of substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The Faculty Board may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds (Ordinance 2010:1064). 

The specific entry requirements are:

A qualified applicant has the equivalent of 90 credits, including a degree project worth at least 15 credits at second-cycle level, in Environmental Science or a related subject (e.g. Biology/Ecology, Earth Science) that is of central importance to the Environment  research theme. The suggested topic for the doctoral thesis, as described in the research plan, must be clearly relevant to the study of the Baltic Sea region or the Eastern European area, as well as to the Environment research theme. 

Applications must include:

  • An application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Degree certificates and proof that the entry requirements are fulfilled
  • Bachelor’s essay and Master’s dissertation in the field in accordance with the entry requirements
  • A research plan consisting of no more than two pages. The plan should identify and justify the relevance of a research problem that the applicant proposes to address as part of their doctoral studentship. It must have a specific bearing on the Environment research theme and for the study of the Baltic Sea region or the Eastern European area. The research plan should clearly state the research aims and question(s), and outline relevant methodological and analytical approaches.
  • Two references, with contact details
  • A maximum of three publications may be appended 

Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

The following criteria are considered during selection:

  • autonomy and originality in the formulation of research questions, analysis and presentation of previous work.
  • theoretical and methodological stringency in previous work and in the research plan.
  • research experience or relevant professional activity in Environmental Science.
  • good skills in the English language and any other languages that are important for work on the thesis.
  • a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary background relevant to Environmental Science.
  • relevance of the research plan to the study of the Baltic Sea region or the Eastern European area.
  • relevance of the research plan to the Environment research theme.
  • feasibility of the research plan in terms of time, resources and practical requirements.
  • communication and cooperation skills. 

Other considerations:

Since the successful completion of a doctoral degree requires guidance and a suitable research environment, a lack of supervisory capacity pertinent to the suggested research topic may mean that applicants cannot be admitted to the third-cycle programme. To minimise this risk, applicants are advised to link their research plan to relevant parts of the Environment research theme and to existing research interests and research projects in Environmental Science at Södertörn University. 

The application deadline is 14 February 2022.


An application for a place on a third-cycle programme is also an application for employment on a doctoral studentship. Employment is for no longer than the equivalent of four years of full-time study. The provisions relating to employment on a doctoral studentship are stated in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7. Doctoral students will be employed by the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University. The first date of employment is 1 September 2022. 


Information and instructions for the application procedure are available on our website, 

When applying, please use Södertörns University’s web-based recruitment system ReachMee, or follow the link "ANSÖK" (APPLY) provided at the end of this announcement. 

Follow the links below to learn more about admission regulations and third-cycle education at Södertörn University:

Regulations for third-cycle education at Södertörn University

Södertörn University’s Admission Regulations 

General Syllabus for Environmental Science  

Karin Ebert, Director of Doctoral Studies, karin.ebert(AT), +46 (0)8-608 5283
Kari Lehtilä, Chair of the Steering Committee for Environmental Studies, kari.lehtila(AT), +46(0)8-608 4861
Ester Appelgren, Head of the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, ester.appelgren(AT), +46 (0)8 608 4183
Marie Granroth, Human Resources Administrator, marie.granroth(AT), +46 (8)0 608 4771

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On our website,, there is an application template that the applicant needs to follow. Publications referred to must be attached to the application.

An application that is not complete or arrives at Södertörn University after the closing date may be rejected.

The current employment is valid on condition that the employment decision becomes valid.

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