PhD Fellowship in Marine Biogeochemistry 2019, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

University of Gothenburg


July 15, 2019


PhD student: Marine biogeochemistry

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future. The department for Marine Sciences ( is Sweden's most complete academic environment for marine research and education, and it is one of few such institutions in Europe. The Department for Marine Sciences brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology, and marine heritage conservation. Thus the department has excellent opportunities to meet future challenges in marine research and education. The department of Marine Sciences are located with permanent staff in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the Swedish west coast north of Gothenburg.

Type of employment:

Fixed-term employment, 48 months

Extent: 100%

Location: Department of Marine Sciences in Gothenburg.

Subject area

Marine biogeochemistry

Subject area description

We are seeking a highly motivated and independent person with a background in oceanography or chemistry to pursue PhD studies in Marine Sciences. The applicant will work at the interface between oceanography, hydrology and biogeochemistry. The PhD project will focus on submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) and subterranean estuaries in the Baltic Sea and potentially in Australia and China. SGD is a poorly understood but important source of carbon, nutrients and heavy metals to the ocean. The student will perform field and laboratory investigations to measure natural geochemical tracers, build quantitative SGD models, and assess how SGD influences water quality in the coastal ocean. The project will involve collaboration with international and Swedish researchers. 

Job assignments

The student will join an international team working on marine biogeochemistry in the Department of Marine Science in Gothenburg. The student will be trained on field and laboratory techniques, data analysis, and writing. The student will be expected to travel for extended periods of time (up to four weeks per year) and work in remote locations.


The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are an advanced level degree, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or similar knowledge acquired in another way within or outside the country of Sweden. Candidates currently based in any country are welcome to apply. The starting date is negotiable.

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June 24, 2019