PhD Position in Natural Science, specializing in Ecology University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences Sweden

PhD Position in Natural Science, specializing in Ecology


Diary id:
PAR 2018/1586
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
Department of Marine Sciences
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PhD Position in Natural Science, specializing in Ecology


Project description            

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work with questions relating to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The field of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is, broadly speaking, about the functional consequence of changes in biodiversity. The specific focus of the research is to be developed together with the supervisor, and possible scientific avenues include (i) how the relationship between biodiversity and functioning changes with spatial scale and (ii) studying the consequences of changes in macroalgal diversity on rocky shores. There is also potential for working with applied questions relating to marine environmental monitoring of biodiversity in relation to the European Habitats directive and the Marine strategy framework directive.


Job assignment

  • Field- and/or lab experiments, modelling. Plan, execute, handling data, perform analyses.

  • Writing peer-reviewed papers.

  • Finalise thesis.


Third cycle education                               

Admission to third cycle education is aiming at a PhD in Natural Science, specializing in Ecology. The education runs for four years of fulltime studies, containing three years of thesis work and one year of academic education (i.e. course work and literature studies). A selection of courses at the Department/Faculty is available, but national/international courses can also be selected. Some teaching and/or course administration can be included which extends the contract to the same extent. You will be employed at University of Gothenburg, and salary follows the regulations at University of Gothenburg.


In addition to pursuing its his/her own research studies, PhD students may be required to perform other duties, such as teaching, research and administrative work according to special regulations



The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are:

  • either degree in advanced level,

  • or at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level,

  • or in another way acquired similar knowledge.


Upon appointment the degree of ability to successfully complete the PhD program must first be evaluated. Only applicants who are admitted to the PhD program at the Dep. of Marine Sciences may be hired.



The candidate should have a bachelor or master degree in ecology or biology (or equivalent), and a broad interest in general ecology. Experience in, or interest in learning, (i) statistics, (ii) modelling, (iii) the software R, and (iv) ecological theory are good merits, as is experience with carrying out field- and lab experiments. Being able to work both independently and with other people in a group is a prerequisite.



Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80. The main assessment is an judgement for the applicant to successfully complete the PhD education.



Type of employment:         Fixed-term employment, 4 years full time 

Extent:                                100%

Location:                            Department of marine science

Degree:                               Natural Science, with specialization in Ecology

First day of employment:   According to agreement

University of Gothenburg offer a PhD position at the Department of Marine Sciences.


For further information please contact:

Lars Gamfeldt


personal web site:                        

Link to website:


Per Hall, Prefekt 
+46(0)31-786 90 62


Labour unions                                                

Klas Eriksson 
+46(0)31-786 19 89


Merja Nurkkula Karlsson
+46(0)31-786 1170



Gabriella Wendt
+46(0)31-786 9778


Peter Brandt

+46(0)31-786 1169


Apointment Procedure

Please apply on-line


The following should be included

  • A short cover letter with the applicant’s motivation for the position that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria and how the application is well suited for the proposed work (max. one A4 page).

  • An attested list of qualifications (CV) that included possible publications

  • Examination certificates and a transcript of courses with grades

  • A copy of the master thesis (or equivalent)

  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant

  • Contact information for at least two references that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications

  • Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents


The highest ranked applicants will be contacted for interview.


Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent, with clearly stated reference number, to the following address:

University of Gothenburg
Department of Marine Sciences
Att: Natalie Axell
Box 461
SE-405 30 Gothenburg

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