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Phd student, Soil Sciences – Water Quality Management

  • Yrkesroll


  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    17 september

  • Sök jobbet senast

    20 oktober

Om jobbet

Department of Soil and Environment
A PhD position in Soil Science is vacant at the Department of Soil and Environment at SLU. The department carries out teaching and research on chemical, physical and biological properties and processes in soil, aiming for a sustainable soil management.

Water quality impacts of eutrophication mitigation measures

The aim of this PhD project is to evaluate how effective are eutrophication mitigation measures in reducing nutrient and sediment concentrations in agricultural streams by evaluating the dominant hydrochemical and biogeochemical processes. This new knowledge will help to form guidelines on how to manage agricultural streams. The PhD work is part of a 3-year Formas project, which brings together scientists and stakeholders from Sweden and US, working on improving water quality in agricultural landscapes. The successful candidate will join a scientific community of researchers, post-docs and PhD students at the Department of Soil and Environment ( and Research School Focus on Soils and Water ( The department carries out teaching and research on chemical, physical and biological properties and processes in soil, aiming for a sustainable soil management.


The applicant should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Hydrology, Water Quality Management, Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Soil Science, Ecology, Agronomy or similar subjects. Practical knowledge of hydrological and ecological methods, experience in planning and conducting field and laboratory experiments, good writing skills and understanding hydrological and water quality models, will all count as merits. The applicant should have the ability to work both independently and in a team. A proven ability to communicate in written and spoken English and a driving license valid in Sweden are required. 

Evaluation will be based on submitted material including CV, motivation letter, Master thesis and other publications. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed, and if needed a written essay may be requested.

A CV (max 3 pages, font type Arial or Times New Roman, min size 11) should include the following headings: education, work experience, research interests, awards, publications, presentations at conferences, teaching experience, field work experience, laboratory experience, software and computing skills, languages, driving licenseand contact details for two reference persons.

A motivation letter (max 2 pages, font type Arial or Times New Roman, min size 11) should motivate the candidate’s qualifications and interest in conducting this PhD project. 

Place of work:      

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment as PhD student (4 years education).

Starting date:

According to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2019-10-20, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photography.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

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 in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.