PhD Position in Ecology at Umea University, Sweden

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (Umeå University, Sweden) invites applicants for a PhD position focused on drivers for occurrence of potentially pathogenic bacteria in aquatic environments. You are expected to begin your position in autumn 2018. Application deadline is 31 August 2018.


Degree Level: PhD

Field: The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science opens a PhD student position focused on drivers for occurrence of potentially pathogenic bacteria in aquatic environments.The project is performed within the frame of the Industrial doctoral school and the marine strategic research environment Eco Change.

Value: Salary- is according to agreements for PhD students.

Scholarship Provider: The research is financed by Umeå University and the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).

Number of Scholarships: Not known

Place of Study: Sweden

Nationality: The scholarship is available to Sweden students.


To be admitted for PhD studies the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications.

The candidate should have completed courses within a first-cycle subject relevant to ecology comprising at least 120 ECTS credits. At least one course at second-cycle level in a subject that is central to the doctoral student’s planned specialization shall have been completed, as well an independent piece of work (degree project) with relevant specialization of at least 15 ECTS credits. We are looking for a candidate with relevant academic background in molecular biology, ecology, statistics or corresponding education. It is qualifying to have good knowledge in genetic methods (e.g. DNA library prep, statistics), bioinformatics and/or microbial ecology.

The candidate should have a very good command in written and spoken English, be creative and able to take own initiative. The candidate is independent, has social competence and collaborative ability. It is expected that the candidate develop independence and build up network contacts during the education.

English Language Requirement: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.


The application shall be done via our e-recruitment system and be submitted at the latest 31 August, 2018.

The application should include:

  • Letter where the applicant describes her/himself in relation to the above described requirements, a motivation to why the applicant is interested in the position and a short description of the candidate´s research interests and ideas
  • CV with academic qualifications.
  • Publication list.
  • Electronic copy of the MSc-thesis.
  • Scientific articles, grade certificates or other documentation which supports the applicant´s qualification for the position.
  • Contact information to three reference persons.

The evaluation will be based on the applicant´s letter, references, interview and the quality of the master thesis and other publications. The requirements must be fulfilled at the time of approval to the PhD position and may not need to be fulfilled at the time of the application.


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