PhD Scholarship in Geobiosphere Science, Lund University, Sweden

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The PhD scholar will be part of DEFROST, a research programme on interactions between the Arctic climate, cryosphere and ecosystems funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers under the Top Research Initiative (TFI) programme. The PhD scholar will further develop an advanced regional climate-ecosystem model to simulate Earth system feedbacks related to the dynamics of peatlands, permafrost and emissions of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane.

Model experiments will investigate the potential for these and other feedback processes of the Arctic system to amplify or attenuate regional and global climate change. The PhD scholar will be jointly supervised by researchers from Lund University and the Rossby Centre of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.

Eligibility / Entry Requirements
Candidates must possess an Honours or Masters degree in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis, Environmental Meteorology or a related subject of relevance to the research. Knowledge of and interest in computer programming is required. Knowledge of FORTRAN, C or C++ and previous experience working with environmental computer models are an advantage. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Basis of Assessment
Phd scholarship is granted for maximum 12 months full time and will then be transformed into a position as Phd. Regulations for Ph.D. scholarship will be found in SFS regulations 1998:81 (in Swedish). This sholarship can only be appointed to a person eligible for postgraduate studies. Particular emphasis for admission shall be placed upon the applicants ability to successfully complete postgraduate studies, as indicated by academic qualifications and merits. Apart from postgraduate education, the successful applicant may be assigned other duties within undergraduate teaching, research, and administrative work according to special regulations.

Additional Information
The Ph.D. studies are 4 years full time. Application documents must include:

  • a letter stating the reasons why you are applying to this particular position and a statement of motivation on why you want to undertake a Ph.D.,
  • a CV with general personal information and details of previous study/work record,
  • a pdf file (or a link to downloadable documents) on any relevant publications, including bachelor and master theses,
  • names and contact information to two reference persons.

Last Day of Applying: 2011-08-06

For further information please contact:
Ben Smith, Lecturer

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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