PhD student in Sustainability Science

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Stockholm, , SE

The Stockholm Resilience Centre at the faculty of Science, Stockholm University, focus on the dynamic interplay between people and planet for biopshere stewardship.

Project description 
We are recruiting a PhD student for the Keystone Dialogue project. This is a scientific endeavor led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The project aims to identify, and work with, global lindustry eaders with a disproportionate ability to stimulate large scale change towards ecosystem stewardship. The project has resulted in the identification of “Keystone Actors” in global seafood and in marine genetic resources, and has also identified industry consolidation in multiple sectors of relevance for the biosphere. A series of Keystone Dialogues with the ten largest seafood corporations in the world has resulted in the establishment of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative – a science-business initiative aimed to stimulate transformative change towards ocean stewardship. We are looking for a candidate that will contribute to advancing the project, and also document progress made in the SeaBOS initiative.

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.

The specific entry requirements for admission to postgraduate studies in Sustainability Science are that the applicant has a total of at least 30 credits, or equivalent, at advanced level in natural science, as well as a thesis of at least 30 credits at advanced level in a relevant subject, or equivalent knowledge.

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

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: In depth knowledge about the seafood system, an understanding of the dynamics of ocean industries, collaboration across diverse knowledge systems and partners, understanding of the issues addressed by the SeaBOS initiative (see and networks of relevance for the position. In your application, please specify your knowledge in a relevant field of research, your level of written and oral proficiency in both Swedish and English, documented capacity for analytical thinking, 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: 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

For more information about the Resilience Research School or sustainability science at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, please contact Head of Subject, Prof. Garry Peterson, telephone: +46 73 707 85 92, [email protected]. For more information on the PhD research, please contact project leader and main supervisor Professor Henrik Österblom, telephone: +46 8 674 76 64, [email protected].

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

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: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 30/01/2020