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PhD Position in Physical Geography, Sweden, 2009

PhD Position in Physical Geography – “Past climate variability in southern Greece”

PhD Position in Physical Geography within the topic “Past climate variability in southern Greece” at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology. Reference number SU 463-40-09. Deadline for application: May 4, 2009.

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The Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science at Stockholm University. The department has 120 employees and approximately 1500 students. The main research disciplines are Geomorphology, Glaciology, Climatology, Quaternary Geology, Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Geographical Data Processing, Ecological Geography and Tropical Geography. Teaching is oriented towards geography, earth sciences, integrated biology-earth science and environmental sciences.

Project description
We seek to recruit a candidate for a PhD position in Physical Geography. The main aim of the project is to provide new high-resolution, precisely dated records on past (Holocene) climate variability in southern Greece, mainly using speleothems, and to relate the results to available information on cultural dynamics in the region over the same period of time. The PhD project will contribute to the MISTRA-funded program The Urban Mind that combines humanities and natural science studies of urbanism and climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean. The project involves fieldwork in Greece, laboratory work and geochemical analyses, interpretation and integration of data, publishing in scientific journals and writing a thesis.

Terms of employment
The 4-year PhD program includes at least 3 years of research and at most one year of course work. The position may be extended by up to 1 year if up to 20 % teaching assistance or administration is included in the contract. The position is financed by a faculty studentship at Stockholm University and amounts to about 15.500 SEK per month during the first 12 months. Upon satisfactory progress, the PhD-student can apply for a PhD-employment from the second year with a salary of 20,450 SEK per month.

The candidate should have an MSc or equal in Physical Geography or Geography. Preference will be given to those with a background in Palaeoclimatology. Experience of fieldwork, laboratory work and the integration of natural sciences and humanities are considered advantageous. Candidates must be self motivated, committed and enthusiastic about conducting fieldwork and about working in the laboratory. The PhD dissertation will be written in English.

Envisioned starting date is June 1, 2009 (although this can be negotiated).

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all attested), a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and email addresses), and one copy of the applicants’ Master Thesis and articles in which she/he is a co-author.

For further information
contact Karin Holmgren (main supervisor), phone +46-(0)8-674 7157,

Union representatives are Bo Ekengren (SACO), Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), phone +46-(0)8-16 2000 (switchboard) and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), phone +46-(0)70-316 43 41.

Applications labelled “Utbildningsbidrag” with reference number SU 463-40-09 should be sent not later than May 4, 2009, to:
Stockholm University
The Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology
Susanna Blåndman


  1. I am studed wtih under graduation degree in geography and there are two years expriance with the subject teaching. At a time i want to study physical geograhpy in masters level so you are looking my interest to help me. It is the only question due to my long term vision of education.
    thank you

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am from Nepal having MSc. in Disaster Mitigation from Sikkim Manipal University, India. I have been working in the field of disaster and environment for a decade long and did this course in 2007. I have been parallelly working as the environmental journalist and writer. Currently I am working in the post of Managing Director of Everest Biodiesel Company in Kathmandu. Yet I want to upgrade my educational level to Doctorate level as I want to play a significant role in solving the problems of disaster especially of the global climate change. This is because, i choosed to work in renewable energy sector ‘biodiesel’. But It is not possible for me to do so with my limited economic fundings and the course is not available in my home country as well. Therefore, I want to know where and how i can fuilfill my dream. Please help me to find the way.

    Gopal Prasad Dulal

  3. ibrar says:

    I am a student of a south Asian developing country, Pakistan. I have completed my BS degree in geology ( Petroleum Geology)from University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad,Azad Kashmir, Pakistan I seek scholarship in MS or PhD program in geology specially in Petroleum Geology or Structural Geology

  4. kiflom says:

    hello .
    i am from ERITREA .living in libya by the help of UNHCR.for ellgal emigrant .i am looking for any school or collage to stady. i am open minded person .22 years old .10th grade .in eritrea i was learning .biology.history.geography.maths.science .
    i belive that if you are going to help me .upon ………..what i am looking for ……………..it is the turning point .so plz let my dream come true ,
    good luck .

  5. Mr. Chakra Subba says:

    Sir/ Madam
    I’m Geography teacher from Bhutan. I am interested in upgrading my qualification in Teaching and curriculum/ in Geography. I would be very much grateful if you could assist in finding one for.
    I beg to remain.

  6. Aishajiang Aili says:

    I’m a master’s student of the School of Environment,resource and development ,Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and the field of study is Natural Resource Conservation (Nationality: China). I’ll graduate in May,2010. I am seeking for a scholarship to undergo a Ph D in Environmental Science or Climate Change in Sweden. I would be very grateful if you will assist in any way possible to make me realizee thisdream

  7. Naima Kamrun Nahar says:

    I am a student of a south Asian developing country, Bangladesh. I have completed my MS degree in geology ( Hydrogeology and environmental geology group) from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I seek scholarship in MS or PhD program in geology specially in hydrogeology and environmental science. Please help.


  8. ali mohammed ali badie says:

    I,am sudanese my age 39 years i award adiploma in land surveying seince 1994 from sudan university i work in derdging and berths construction for 10years as supervaisa i want to study hydrographic surveying

  9. Thecla Mendile says:

    Am I thecla Mendile a lady from Tanzania. I have BA in Mass communication from St.Augustine univesity of Tanzania and masters in Rural Development from Sokoine univesity of agriculture.Am looking a PHD sholarship in Gender Studies, Development studies amd Mass media.
    Hope my apllication will meet your fav aourable considarations

  10. makelele says:

    i am makelele from DRC.I am student to the university of johannesburg.i am doing electrical.i would like to be a new student to your campus as student to the faculity of space of earth .techniques observation.

  11. TCHAOU A. Gabin says:

    i’m interested by this offer. i have a MSc in geography in Benin Republic ( West Africa) . I’m from Benin and I have a PHD project since 2002. My title of my thesis project is: ( in french)

    Potentialités hydrogéologique et hydrologique:
    la problématique de l’accès à l’eau potable dans l’actuel département de la DONGA en République du Bénin ( Afrique de l’Ouest)
    if it is possible that i submit in french , please tell me it.

    sincerely Gabin

  12. Abdenur Ahmed says:

    Dear / Sir

    I am an Ethiopian having LLB with CGPA of 3.57. Currently I am in Oromia institute of justice and professionals training and research center as a trainee. I also have another BA degree in foreign language and literature (English Education) together with six years of teaching experience from elementary to preparatory classes. Yet I want to upgrade my educational level to second degree (LLM) or any second degree related to my field of study Because I strongly want to play a role in solving the problem in the administration of justice up on returning to my country. But I could not upgrade my qualification to LLM due to shortage of money. Because I used my resources exhaustively being a family man snatching from the mouths’ of my kids during my first degrees study. Therefore, I couldn’t stretch my hands farther to help myself. Please would you help me in realizing my dreams?

    With best regard

    Abdenur Ahmed

    From Ethiopia

  13. I am a Nigrian with a B Sc Degree in Geography and Masters Degree in Environmental Resources Management. Iam seeking for a free scholarship to undergo a Ph D in Environmental Resource Management or Environmental Medicine with the Californian Univesity at Santa Barbara,USA. I will be very grateful if you will assist in any way possible to make me realise thisdream.(AAGeorge)

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