PhD student in Physical Geography: Optimising carbon and nutrient cycles in agriculture through modelling

Stockholm University


October 12, 2022


at the Department of Physical Geography . Closing date: 6 Oktober 2022.

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 110 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and management. The main research areas are: Landscape, Environment and Geomatics, Climate Science and Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology and Glaciology, and Water, Permafrost and Environmental systems. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department.

Project description The PhD project aims to contribute to the sustainability of agricultural practices by understanding and describing carbon and nutrient cycles in order to optimise the latter and minimise inputs and losses. It will be be part of a wider European project aiming to develop and implement an integrated nutrient management platform for agriculture in order to provide state of the art decision-support tools for farmers, advisors, European policy makers and regional authorities.

The PhD project will specifically contribute to the development of an integrated, multi-scale model for nutrient cycling in agricultural systems. To this end, the PhD project will synthesise existing knowledge to simulate the cycles of carbon and nutrients in specific European farming systems. The PhD project will focus on dynamic processes at the farm scale, but will work in close collaboration with other project partners looking at larger geographical scales. The PhD project will have access to empirical data from intensively monitored sites as well as field manipulations from specific experimental sites in Europe. The results will be used to guide sustainability assessments and identify regional and contextual differences.

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 , and to fulfil the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of physical geography, the candidate for this position should have acquired a total of 240 higher education credits (of which at least 60 at advanced level), or acquired in some alternative fashion, the equivalent knowledge in geoscience, environmental science or other relevant natural or engineering science. The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

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

Selection The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:

  • The candidate's documented knowledge in a field relevant to the research area
  • Ability to handle large amounts of data
  • Ability to communicate in Swedish is a merit
  • Ability to program and collaborate with different programming languages
  • Willingness and ability to work with empirical and modelling tools
  • Written and oral proficiency in English, documented scientific publications a merit
  • The ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence
  • The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate's written motivation for seeking the position.
  • Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www. and regulations.

    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.

    Contact For more information, please contact associate professor Salim Belyazid,

    Union representatives Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

    Application Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the 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
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Project proposal/Research proposal describing: – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement – why and how you wish to complete the project – what makes you suitable for the project in question

  • 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: How to apply for a position.

    You are welcome to apply!

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