at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. Closing date: 1 March 2018.

The department has about 220 employees of which about 60 PhD students. Research study programs are offered in environmental science, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry and courses are given in environmental science and analytical chemistry.

Project description
The PhD student position will be associated with the project ECOFUN that aims at generating new knowledge on the capacity of microbial functions to serve as indicators of chemical pollution. No place on Earth is free from chemical pollution. At present, we do not know what consequences constant exposure to mixtures of innumerable chemicals has for functions of the Earth system. Microbes are the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on Earth and are key components of all ecosystems. Microbial communities are sensitive to disturbances, including chemicals and bacteria efficiently take up organic contaminants. This project will test hypotheses related to how microbial communities respond to chemical pollution, expressed as chemical activity. The project address the most harmful and widespread synthetic chemical pollutants that we know of today as well as the many unknown chemicals in the environment. These are neutral organic substances that distribute to the lipid bilayers of the cell and ultimately may cause destruction of the cell membrane.

This is an interdisciplinary project that will apply methods, techniques and theories from environmental chemistry, microbiology and environmental science.

Qualification requirements
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, for doctoral studies in Environmental Science, at least 45 of the credits at the second cycle must be in one of the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, or Meteorology) including a 30 hp/HEC thesis project. The applicant should also have 30 hp/HEC in other natural science subjects different from the major.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their ability to successfully pursue the research education. Special emphasis is put on the applicant’s knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express her/himself verbally and in writing, analytical aptitude, creativity, initiative and independence, and a capacity for working together with others. The evaluation will be made based on the relevance of past education and experience, grades from previous university courses (in particular at the advanced level), the quality and ambition of the independent project work, references, a cover letter motivating the candidate’s interest, and interviews.

Experience from laborative work applying methods in environmental chemistry and microbiology will be a strong asset.

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

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

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 Associate Professor Anna Sobek, telephone: +46 8 674 7230, or Professor Elena Gorokhova, telephone: +46 8 674 7341,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the PhD student 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 motivating your interest for this position
  • 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)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 01/03/2018