Doctoral student in environmental science

Linnaeus University

Kalmar, , SE

Linnaeus University is the result of a merger between Kalmar University and Växjö University. Together we will be creating a new, exciting university with 31 000 students and 2 000 employees. Linnaeus University is a modern, international university in the Småland region of Sweden, where people can grow to reach their potential. For more information see: and 

The Department of Biology and Environmental Science is part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The research activities within this multidisciplinary department include the areas of aquatic ecology, cell and organism biology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, environmental science and environmental engineering as well as zoonotic ecology.

Field of subject for the appointment: Environmental science with focus on geochemistry of acid sulfate soils.
Placement city: Kalmar, Sweden

Job description

The research project is in the geochemistry of acid sulfate soils that are described as the ‘nastiest soils on earth’ as they can release metal laden, acidic waters into recipient water bodies that impact environmental services, infrastructure, and human health. The studies will focus on the geochemistry of acid sulfate soils of various kind and in various regions of Sweden, and will include both field studies and laboratory work. The studies carried out in the project are designed to lead to a PhD in Environmental Science.

According to the Higher Education Ordinance a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote himself/herself to his/her own studies. An appointee may, however, work to a limited extent with education, research, artistic development, and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time post.


A person fulfils the general entry requirements if he/she

  • has been awarded a degree on second-cycle level;
  • completed the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits on second-cycle level, or
  • in other way, in Sweden or abroad, has acquired principally equivalent knowledge. 

Specific requirements refer to

  • knowledge in the field of geochemistry;
  • a high proficiency in written and spoken English,

Assessment grounds

  • experience of field and laboratory work in geochemistry;
  • experience of working with acid sulfate soils;
  • experience of working with marine sediments;
  • have the ability to work independently as well as interact well in a research group;
  • we attach great importance to personal suitability.


Professor: Mats Åström, [email protected], +46-(0)480-447342;
Head of Department: Per-Eric Betzholtz, [email protected], +46-(0)480-446249;
Human Resources Consultant: Stiina Salmgren, [email protected], +46-(0)480-446406.

Union representatives can be reached through the university switchboard: +46-(0)772-28 80 00.

The last application day is March 31, 2020.

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

Please apply by clicking on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.





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