The Department of Environmental Science is one of the biggest departments at 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 focuses 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.

Project description: This doctoral project involves application of nontarget mass spectrometry to novel passive air samplers deployed globally, including in the largest megacities of all continents, and in the most remote locations of the Arctic. The purpose is to demonstrate an airborne global early warning system for persistent mobile organic contaminants (ALARM project, funded by FORMAS).

Research will include optimization of passive sampler deployment conditions, analytical and sample preparation steps, development of data processing strategies using open science tools and spatial interpretation of the unique dataset. The project can make use of GC- and LC-Orbitrap technology available at ScilifeLab in the Chemical Exposomics research group. The research position is funded for 4 years and you will work as part of a bigger team involving international research scientists.

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.

Selection: 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.

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 own 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.

Contact: For more information, please contact Professor Jonathan W Martin, telephone: +46 72 146 2773, Union representatives: Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), 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: How to apply for a position:

In order to apply for a position at Stockholm University, you have to register an account in our 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 (at 23:59 Swedish time). The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. 

Register an account:

In order to start writing your application, you need to register an account in the recruitment system. Click on Sign In or Sign Up above the list of vacancies, click on Register an account and follow the instructions. With an account, you will have an overview of your applications and can reuse previously registered information.

Sign in: Click on the Apply button in the job advertisement. Sign in with your e-mail address and password. You will have to fill in an application form, answer questions, and attach appendices. In case you have forgotten your password, click on Forgot password next to Sign In. A new password will be sent to your e-mail address.

Answer questions and attach documents

Signing in will take you to the application form for the position you are applying for. The title of the position is stated at the top. Each question and request for a document (pdf rekommended, max 30 MB/document) will contain instructions regarding what should be included in the application.

Please, don’t upload documents from the web or from cloud services – make sure the documents are stored locally before uploading. Make sure to answer the obligatory questions and attach the obligatory documents, all of which are marked with an asterisk (*).

Work on your application in stages: At any time during the application period, you can save your application and continue later by clicking on Save and continue later. Register and submit your application: Before you can submit your application you have to accept that your personal data will be recorded and processed for recruitment. When you are ready to apply, click on the button Send application. If you forgot to fill in a required field, it will be marked with the text ”Obligatory information”. Fill in the missing information and click on Send application.

Submitted application and confirmation: Once you have submitted your application, it will be locked and can no longer be edited.When your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation notice at the top of the page: “Thank you for your application”, as well as a confirmation to your e-mail address.

Log out: Once you have submitted your application, use the Back button to return to the list of vacancies and log out. You will find this function on the landing page: Subscribe Hello “x” Log out.

You are welcome to apply! Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Closing date: 18/08/2023

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