PhD position in Environmental Assessment

Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden 🇸🇪

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 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.5 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department’s programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet). For more information, please visit:

Duties/Project description:
We are recruiting a PhD candidate in Environmental Assessment at the Department of Earth Sciences, Programme for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences. The position is part of a recently started research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). The goal of the project is to fill existing knowledge gaps in hydrological climate change impact studies. We will strengthen the basis for robust projections of future climate change impacts on hydrological conditions by developing new dynamic and multi-dimensional methods to reduce uncertainties. The project is a close multidisciplinary collaboration of experts within climatology, hydrology and environmental research. The candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with the project partners. Tasks include among others the improvement of methods for correcting biases in climate model output and the analysis/evaluation of different hydrological model structures and parameterization techniques. 

The applicant shall have a university science degree in hydrology, climatology, meteorology, earth sciences or similar. Knowledge in mathematics and physics is a requirement, as well as previous experience in programming. Expertise in Matlab or R is desirable. Experience of data processing (in particular from global and regional climate models) and statistical knowledge are necessary. Good oral and written proficiency in English is a requirement.

The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years including departmental duties and teaching at a level of at most 20%.

The application should include

  • a cover letter shortly describing your personal motivation for applying for this position
  • relevant skills/ qualifications and research interests
  •  a CV,
  • copies of relevant exams, degrees and grades,
  • MSc thesis and other relevant documents, such as letter(s) of recommendation and contact details of two referees
  • earliest possible start date 

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: As soon as possible, as agreed. Temporary position, four years. 

Type of position: Full time position.

For further information about the position please contact
Claudia Teutschbein, tel. +46 18 471 41 77, e-mail: [email protected]  

Please submit your application by 31 January 2018.