PhD Scholarship in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in environmental sciences at Lund University. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. The deadline for applying is February 07, 2019.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Forests in Sweden are important repositories of biodiversity and suppliers of ecosystem services, while increased wildfires associated with climate change are a major threat to these forests. The forest fires which raged across Sweden in the summer of 2018 caused tremendous damage and were distributed across nearly the entire country, spanning a climate gradient of ~0 - 9 C mean annual temperature. These characteristics make the 2018 Swedish boreal forest fires the ideal natural experiment for examining the effects of between natural temperature regime and wildfires and their impacts on ecosystem processes.

So, for the PhD project we propose to set up measurements along a network of forest sites spanning southern to northern Sweden which burnt in 2018 to quantify the impact, and potential for recovery, of core ecosystem properties and services after fire in Swedish boreal forest. Our approach will pair extensive field measurements across Sweden with intensive laboratory measurements and an integrative modeling analysis.

Job assignment

The proposed work will apply a broad spectrum of ecological measurements – of carbon stocks, soil microbial processes, plant ecophysiology and plant/animal diversity - to survey how boreal forests are impacted by fire, and recover over 3 years following fire. This will involve intensive summer fieldwork at around 20 sites throughout Sweden, periods of laboratory analysis and potentially some ecosystem model development.


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7.
Deadline: February 07, 2019
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