Doctoral student in Natural Science, specializing in Environmental Science / contaminant hydrogeology

University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden 🇸🇪

Ref PAR 2021/1589

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The Department of Earth Sciences has around 70 employees. We have bachelor and master programs in Earth Sciences and in Geography as well as third-cycle education in several Earth Science subjects. Our main research themes are “Climate and Climate Change”, “Earth Surface Processes” and “The Geosphere” and the research strategy of the department emphasizes on further development of Earth System Science.

The Hydrogeology research group ( at the Department of Earth Sciences belongs to the “Geosphere” theme and is involved in fundamental research, teaching, and stakeholder activities in the field of hydrogeology, contaminant hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry. The Hydrogeology Group focuses on two main research topics including a) fresh water resources under changing environmental and climatic conditions and b) the behavior of contaminants in the subsurface. The hydrogeology group has strong relations with international research groups and private companies in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, USA and France. The group also host a large pool of state-of-the-art equipment for stable isotope and elemental analyses.

Job assignments

The hydrogeology research group at the Earth Science Department aims to recruit a PhD student to contribute to the project: â€śArtificial groundwater recharge – A shortcut for harmful poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) into groundwater systems and drinking water supplies – Can we avoid this?” This project will be embedded in the contaminant hydrogeology research field of the Hydrogeology group at the Earth Science Department. The successful applicant for this PhD project will investigate the infiltration of PFASs into groundwater systems at artificial groundwater recharge plants and will develop methods to avoid this. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Associate Professor Lutz Ahrens (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Philip McLeaf (Uppsala Vatten and Avfall) and Britt-Marie Pott (Sydvatten). A major part of the project will include field work at two artificial groundwater recharge plants in Uppsala and SkĂĄne (Sweden) combined with laboratory investigations at the Earth Science Department of the University of Gothenburg.

Admission to the doctoral programme at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, comes with a 4-year salaried position on a fulltime, residential basis, with the possibility of extension for a fifth year if the student completes a minimum of 20 percent teaching/other duties during the first four years. Doctoral (PhD) students are provided with office space, computer, and office phone and access to all standard services in the department.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

The general entry requirements for third-cycle (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

  1. a degree at the second-cycle level (MA level, or equivalent),
  2. at least 240 higher education (university) credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
  3. largely equivalent knowledge acquired in other ways in Sweden or abroad.


The successful candidate for this PhD project should have a strong background in environmental geology, contaminant hydrogeology, environmental chemistry or a related field. The successful candidate should also have experience in carrying out field and laboratory work and experience in numerical simulations is an asset. Moreover, good oral and written proficiency in English is required.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years full time
Location: Department of Earth Sciences, Gothenburg
First day of employment: July 1, 2022 or on agreement.

After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Information regarding the position

For further information regarding the position, please contact Dr. Philipp Wanner, [email protected]


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The application should include:

A cover letter with a motivation that describes the applicant’s suitability for the position (maximum one A4 page)

A Curriculum vitae including education, qualifications, and previous experience

A copy of examination certificates and a transcript of courses with grades

A copy of the master thesis (or equivalent)

Other documents deemed important by the applicant

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

Closing date: 2022-01-31

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