Doctoral Student In Atmospheric Chemistry

Göteborg University
January 23, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Fixed-term employmen
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology offers doctoral education within the fields of chemical sciences, molecular life sciences and environmental sciences. We conduct high quality international research using innovative techniques and modern equipment. It is our mission to provide you with the very best training, enabling you to reach your full potential and excel in your future endeavours.

From August 2023, we will be located in Natrium, a new building for natural and life sciences with access to modern education and research facilities.

The atmospheric science research group analyzes how basic atmospheric chemical and physical processes affect ecosystems, air quality, health and climate. Through studies at the molecular level, our research contributes to a better understanding of transport and reaction processes in the atmosphere. An overarching research theme is the study of aerosols, and the group's research ranges from detailed laboratory studies at the molecular level to international field studies of climate-related processes and air quality.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages.

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Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.

A doctoral position in Sweden consists of research training within a research project and through a set of courses with ambitions to achieve the necessary competence related to the research, but also other skills that are useful in the future. This specific position is focused on research training based on field experiments to investigate the atmospheric chemistry of short-lived climate pollutants in the Indo Gangetic Plain (IGP) region, including field experiments in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

The candidate will work on applications with the latest instruments, including an Aerodynamic Aerosol Classifier (AAC), oxidation flow tube (GO:PAM), photoacoustic spectrometer (PAS) and with high-resolution chemical ionization ToF-MS (HR-CI-ToF-MS) with a specially designed inlet to identify and quantify organic molecules in both the gas and particle phases. Other instruments for air quality and aerosol studies will also be used.The project includes challenges to understand the formation, properties and occurrence of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Linked to this is the identification of light-absorbing properties either of directly-emitted compounds, ie brown carbon (BrC) or of compounds formed in the atmosphere by oxidation of compounds from both biogenic and anthropogenic sources. Therefore, the PhD student will be deeply involved in field missions and evaluation of data collected from campaigns in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.


Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and, where appropriate, specific eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.

The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:

  • having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or 2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or

  • the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad.

  • To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.

    Relevant for the planned third-cycle education

    The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

    Assessment criteria

    The selection of applicants who meet the basic and specific eligibility requirements will be based on the ability to assimilate the education at third-cycle level.

    In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. The assessment shall attach particular importance to documented qualifications for:

  • Experience of experimental research in relevant work area. Specifically published works in the field are meritorious.
  • Experience of working in international environments in developing countries. Specifically, experience from India, Nepal or Bhutan is meritorious.
  • Experience in handling and evaluating data from advanced instruments for atmospheric science studies. Specifically meritorious is experience with the instruments that will be mainly used in the research: Aerodynamic Aerosol Classifier (AAC), oxidation flow tube (GO:PAM), photoacoustic spectrometer (PAS) and high-resolution chemical ionization ToF-MS (HR- CI-ToF-MS).
  • Employment

    Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years full time

    Extent: 100 %

    Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg

    First day of employment : As soon as possible based on agreement

    Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

    A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

    University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.

    Contact information

    Ravi Kant Pathak:


    Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https: // www.


    In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

    You must include the following, in PDF format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies
  • Two references (name, e-mail, telephone number, relation)
  • If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at https: // www. koll/magister-och-master/for-dig-med-utlandsk-kandidatexamen/dokument-fran- ditt-utbildningsland/ - where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

    If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

    Applications must be received by: 2023-01-23

    Information for International Applicants

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    The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

    Salaries are set individually at the University.

    In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

    In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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