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PhD-student in Environmental Assessment

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    7 december

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    31 januari

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Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment ( is working with applied environmental science, with a national responsibility for assessing the condition of Swedish surface waters with respect to water chemistry, pollution and aquatic biota. The department has some 130 employees. The research focuses on geochemical and hydrological processes, aquatic ecology and biodiversity, as well as on aquatic ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. The department is part of a Soil-Water-Environment cluster, a recently established competence center for landscape-level processes that also includes the Departments of ‘Soil and Environment’ and ‘Energy and Technology’. The breadth of expertise among the 300 members in combination with a well-equipped infrastructure creates a unique platform for high quality research as well as environmental monitoring and assessment. 
PhD-student in Environmental Assessment with focus on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural streams
The main task of the project is to investigate how different greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) are produced, transported and released into the atmosphere from ditches and rivers draining agricultural-dominated areas. Inland waters are known to be globally important sources of greenhouse gases, but there is a lack of data from agricultural ecosystems where emissions could be large and under-reported. The project contains a large proportion of field work where a combination of sensor-based and manual analysis of greenhouse gases, water chemistry and hydrology will be carried out. In addition to measurements in surface water, processes in both sediment and groundwater will be investigated. The work will benefit from existing environmental monitoring programs and infrastructure for agricultural areas run by SLU.


We seek a highly motivated candidate with a master's degree in environmental science, hydrology, biology, limnology, natural geography, or equivalent. The applicant should have a genuine research interest, good communication skills, a high work ethic, be a team player and function well in a research environment. Good knowledge of biogeochemistry and hydrology is necessary. Experience or knowledge of the biogeochemistry of different greenhouse gases is an advantage. Experience of GIS is also an advantage. The applicant must have a good ability to express oneself both orally and in written English. Driving license and driving experience are a prerequisite for being able to carry out the field studies.

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Employment (4 years)

Starting date:

April 2022 or as soon as possible.


Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2022-01-31.

To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master’s) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here:

Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport’s information page containing their photograph and personal details.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.


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