PhD student in Environmental Science focusing on Regulatory Toxicology/Ecotoxicology: at the Department of Environmental Science. Closing date: 27 July 2022.

The Department of Environmental Science is one of the biggest departments in the Faculty of Science. The department consists of four units with more than 190 researchers, teachers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff from over 30 countries. Research and teaching focus on chemical contaminants, atmospheric science, biogeochemistry and (eco)toxicology. As an employee at the Department of Environmental Science, you will be part of a dynamic environment with research in leading research areas and with a strong international profile.

The unit Exposure & Effects hosts a group specialising in regulatory science, namely research on the assessment and management of chemicals. Typical research questions address how science and policy interact in decision-making, how uncertainty is managed, and how the regulation of chemicals can be more aligned to the overall protection goals.

Project description
In the EU regulatory system chemicals are assessed in different legislations depending on their intended use. Therefore, assessments are scattered in what have been called “regulatory silos”. Concerns about inconsistencies and inefficiency have been raised and a political move towards a more coordinated approach has recently started called “one substance-one assessment”

The overall aim of this project is to develop and apply methods that can help analyse how to improve the regulatory process for hazardous chemicals within the EU, towards the aim of “one substance – one assessment”. The work will include qualitative literature analysis, scrutinizing and examining legal documents and guidance published by the European Chemicals Agency and the European Commission, environmental data submitted by the chemical industry, and chemical assessments performed by scientific committees. It may also involve interviews with relevant experts.

Qualification requirements
To meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, for doctoral studies in Environmental Science, at least 45 of the credits at the second cycle must be in one of the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, or Meteorology) including a 30 credits thesis project. The applicant should also have 30 credits in other natural science subjects different from the major.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their ability to successfully pursue the research education. Special emphasis is put on the applicant’s knowledge and skills within the subject area, ability to express her/himself verbally and in writing, analytical aptitude, creativity, initiative and independence, and a capacity for working together with others. The evaluation will be made based on the relevance of past education and experience, grades from previous university courses (in particular at the advanced level), the quality and ambition of the independent project work, references, a cover letter motivating the candidate’s interest, and interviews.

We are looking for a person with a background in (eco) toxicology, environmental chemistry, environmental science, risk assessment, or the like. Knowledge of chemical regulation and chemical risk assessment and document analysis is merit. The ability to be driving and independently working in close contact with several different actors is important, as well as documented ability to write scientific texts in English.

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their education but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Marlene Ågerstrand, telephone: +46 8 16 40 21,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,​​.

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. 

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter motivating your interest for this position
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience, and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Optional letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

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You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 27/07/2022

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