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PhD student in Physical Geography: Ecosystem modelling

Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University
Stockholm (SE)
Closing date
Nov 5, 2021

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Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology
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Student / Graduate
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Closing date: 5 November 2021

Project description
The PhD project focuses on modelling ecosystem processes and in particular microbial-plant interactions. Microbial processes have global-scale impacts, including climate regulation and provision of nutrients to plants, but how microbes and microbial-plant interactions respond to changes in soil resources remains challenging to understand and quantify with models. We thus need to improve the predictability of carbon and nutrient cycling. To address these challenges, this PhD project will explore theoretical approaches towards a holistic description of how microbial-plant interactions shape ecosystem dynamics.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, and to fulfill the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of physical geography, the candidate for this position should have acquired a total of 240 higher education credits (of which at least 60 at advanced level), or acquired in some alternative fashion, the equivalent knowledge in geoscience, environmental science or other relevant natural or engineering science. The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in the relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Specifically, the candidate should be interested in developing theory and linking models and empirical data in the context of soil and ecosystem biogeochemical cycles (especially microbial-plant interactions). Proven experience in developing mathematical models (e.g., dynamical system theory, mass and energy balance equations), and working knowledge of Matlab, R, Python, Mathematica, or other programming languages for model implementation are required. A MSc thesis or any publications demonstrating these mathematical and modelling skills is a merit.

Application instructions

For more information, please contact Stefano Manzoni, telephone: +46 764960952,

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