PhD Position in Biogeochemistry of Fluvial Sediment
Uppsala University Department of Ecology and Genetics

PhD Student in Biogeochemistry of Fluvial Sediment

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Ecology and Genetics is an international environment with staff and students from all over the world. Our research spans from evolutionary ecology and genetics to studies of ecosystems. For more information, see The Limnology program engages in research and education on the ecology and biogeochemistry of inland waters, from microscopic to global scale.

Project description: We are looking for a PhD student within a project on the leakage of environmentally harmful substances from sediments at dam removal. When hydropower dams get old and are removed, the sediment that has accumulated in the reservoir is mobilised. Sediments are often rich in substances that can have a negative impact on the environment, and nutrients, metals, organic pollutants and greenhouse gases can leak from the sediment as it erodes and is transported downstream. In connection to a planned dam removal, the project will quantify the mobilisation of sediment and leakage of environmentally harmful substances through a combination of field measurements, laboratory experiments and modelling. The project is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and will be conducted in collaboration with a EU-financed project on the restauration of dammed rivers.

Duties: Your duties include research, teaching and coursework within the project’s subject area.

Qualifications required: To be eligible for a PhD student position the applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field. Experience and knowledge within one or several of the following fields is required: sediment transport, sediment reactivity, biogeochemistry, fluvial geomorphology, limnology.  Candidates must be able to express themselves very well in spoken as well as written English. In the evaluation of candidates, we will emphasise personal qualities such as independence and teamwork skills.

Qualifications desired: Previous experience with laboratory experiments, and with field work. Basic knowledge of GIS, modelling and statistics. Driving license for car (EU class B). 

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 2021-01-01, or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines. More information about postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Scope of employment: 100%.                                                                                                              

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Sebastian Sobek,, +46 18 471 2718.

Application: The application should include 1) a letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests and motivation of why you want to do a PhD, and why you are suitable for the position, 2) your CV, 3) a short description of your education, 4) a copy of your master degree, your course grades and a copy of your master thesis, 5) the names and contact information to at least two reference persons (e-mail address and phone no.), and 6) publications produced, if any. The application should be written in English.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 29 October 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3466.

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Placement: Department of Ecology and Genetics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/3466

Last application date: 2020-10-29

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