PhD-student in Biology

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
March 20, 2024
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Department of Aquatic Resources Department of Aquatic Resources

Do you want to work in an inspiring environment and contribute to the sustainable use of our seas, lakes and watercourses? We at the Department of Aquatic Resources (SLU Aqua) are passionate about our vision "strong fish stocks in healthy waters". We are growing, and are looking for employees who want to develop and make a difference together with us. Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at https: // www. Environmental design for rehabilitation of regulated lakes and reservoirs

Research subject Biology Description:

We are looking for a dedicated person with an interest in research on the conservation of aquatic ecosystems, as well as in biodiversity and fish ecology.

As a PhD student, you will work within a project with the overall goal of providing recommendations for how environmental design (e.g. different rehabilitation measures) can be used in regulated lakes and reservoirs, while balancing the needs of ecosystems and society with regard to a future climate. The aim of the project is also to gain new knowledge about the long-term effects of hydropower production in regulated lakes and reservoirs on biodiversity (with a focus on fish, fish food and aquatic vegetation), and how negative effects can be mitigated with the help of environmental design solutions.

The project is based on field studies as well as a review and analysis of previously collected material. The field studies will be carried out in collaboration with the hydropower industry through collaboration within the competence center SVC (Swedish Centre for Sustainable Hydropower). Collaboration will also take place with researchers and doctoral students involved in the HydroCen research center (Norway). Communication with researchers, authorities, and other stakeholders is seen as an important part of the doctoral project. Part of the work is linked to the ongoing environmental assessment of Swedish hydropower.

As a PhD student in this project, you will have the opportunity to develop your networks within academia and across different disciplines. You will do your studies in the field, as well as through data processing and writing of scientific articles, which are compiled in a doctoral thesis suitable for examination. Doctoral studies also include taking the necessary courses.


We are looking for a committed person who wants to learn new things and contribute to a sustainable society. To be eligible, a second-cycle degree (e.g. master's degree or equivalent) in biology, aquatic ecology, limnology or another relevant subject is required. The scientific publication is in English and therefore a good ability to communicate in writing and orally in English is a requirement. A driver's license for a car and driving experience are also required, in order to be able to carry out the project's field studies.

Required qualifications:

  • A Master's degree (or equivalent) in biology, aquatic ecology, limnology or an equivalent relevant subject.
  • A genuine interest in research and learning how to do research.
  • Very good collaboration and organizational skills.
  • Very good knowledge and ability to express yourself in English, both in writing and orally.
  • Driving license for a car, including driving experience
  • Qualifications considered a merit:

  • Good knowledge in fish ecology.
  • Knowledge of the environmental impact of hydropower.
  • Experience of field studies and field inventory work.
  • Experience in data management and statistical analyses.
  • Experience in writing scientific texts. Having problem-solving analytical skills.
  • To be able to demonstrate independently and skillfully conducted scientific work and/or reports to authorities and/or industry
  • Qualifications specifically considered a merit:

  • Personal qualities relevant to the position, such as good organizational skills, ability to take own initiatives, as well as good planning skills and good ability to work in a team.
  • Communication with various actors (both in the hydropower industry and local communities) will usually take place in Swedish. Good knowledge of Swedish is therefore particularly meritorious.
  • Place of work:

    The Institute of Freshwater Research, SLU, Drottningholm - Stockholm

    Forms for funding or employment:

    Temporary employment as a doctoral student for 4 years. Salary according to SLU's salary scale for doctoral students.

    Starting date:

    1 May 2024 or otherwise agreed.


    Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2024-03-20.

    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: www. students/english-language-requirements/

    Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, or equivalent, 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.

    Read about the PhD education at SLU at www. courses/doctoral-studies/

    Academic union representatives:

    https: // vid-rekrytering/

    The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

    SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

    Contact person

    Johan Östergren

    Associate professor and main supervisor


    [email protected]

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