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Funded PhD position; in ecology/fish ecology; Linnaeus University; in Sweden

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Project description
Future climate scenarios predict increasing surface temperatures, decreased salinity, and changes in wind-driven upwelling in the Baltic Sea that will likely induce significant changes in coastal fish communities. The communities may change because of immigrating, alien species but also by migration of freshwater species that may invade and thrive in the fresher, warmer Baltic Sea. We are seeking a PhD student for a project examining (potential) invasive fish species to the Baltic Sea. The project also includes investigating intra-specific adaptive genetic differences along a north-south gradient. The work will include a combination of laboratory experiments and field studies. Ecological and molecular tools will be used. This study is part of a larger multidisciplinary project that seeks to understand coastal fish ecology communities within a climate change perspective.

The research will be conducted in collaboration with other scientists within the framework of the Strong Research Environment ECOCHANGE and the Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial model Systems (EEMiS) within Linnaeus University that comprises expertise in ecology, evolution, and microbiology.
According to the Higher Education Ordinance a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote himself/herself to his/her own studies. An appointee may, however, work to a limited extent with education, research, artistic development, and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time post.


A person fulfils the general entry requirements if he/she

  • has been awarded a degree on second-cycle level or equivalent in Biology, Aquatic Ecology or other closely related fields.
  • has completed the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits on second-cycle level,
  • or may have acquired principally equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroaD

Specific requirements within the field of ecology include:

  • Previous experience in fish ecology/aquatic ecology research.
  • Previous experience in fieldwork and laboratory experiments.
  • Knowledge of statistics and in working with statistical software.
  • Skills in molecular methods for fish.
  • Very high proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Experience of working in the field and familiarity with microbial methods and experimental design
  • Experience with molecular methods and bioinformatics

Assesment grounds

  • Important personal qualities are to be creative, good at problem solving, a team-worker, independent, resilient, and structured.

Employment: The employment as a doctoral student is limited according to chapter 5, § 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent full-time postgraduate studies of four years.
Field of subject for the appointment: Ecology/Fish ecology
Placement city: Kalmar, until further notice
Preliminary starting time: December, 2017.

The application (in English) should contain a CV (with telephone and e-mail), documentation of exams and grades, a description of personal motivation and experiences relevant to the research project and any other documentation that the applicant would like to present. The candidates should also provide contact details (including telephone number and e-mail address) of two reference-persons. Applications should arrive no later than October 31, 2017. Mark your application with reference number 2017/4811-2.2.1

Professor Per Larsson ( +46(0)-480-447311
Head of Department Per-Eric Betzholtz (, +46-(0)480-446249; or HR partner Christian Andersson (christian., +46-(0)470-708506.

Deadline: October 31, 2017.

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