PhD student in Oceanography with focus on Ocean
Circulation in the North Atlantic

at the Department of Meteorology.
Closing date: 24 April 2018.
Ref. No. SU FV-0937-18

At the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU) ( we conduct research and education in an international environment within four main areas: Atmospheric physics, Dynamic meteorology, Physical oceanography and Chemical meteorology. In all these areas there is a strong focus on the climate and on processes important for the climate and its development. The department employs some 65 individuals, of which about 30 are scientists, 20 PhD students and 15 in the administration and the technical support. The department is part of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research ( and together with three other departments at the university covers research of most of the important aspects of the climate system.

For more information about PhD studies at MISU:

Project description

Ocean circulation in the North Atlantic plays a pivotal role in the the global climate system and is one main reason for keeping European winters relatively mild. It is characterized by a poleward flow of warm waters in the upper ocean and a compensating equatorward flow of cold deep waters. Both branches of this climatologically important circulation are present between Greenland and Scotland, and previous studies have shown that the entire North Atlantic ocean circulation is indeed sensitive to abrupt changes in the strength of these flows in this region. It is therefore of great interest to better understand the drivers that may cause these changes. The successful candidate will in this project focus on diagnosing the strength of this ocean circulation loop in key regions between Greenland and Scotland and link these to the larger North Atlantic ocean circulation. To reach these goals, the successful candidate will have to combine data from several sources; satellite-sensed fields, available in-situ and current meter data, ocean/atmospheric reanalyses as well as high-resolution ocean general circulation models.

Qualification requirements

In order 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, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of meteorology stipulates that at least 90 points must be in one of the subjects meteorology, oceanography, physics or chemistry, at least 15 credits must be in mathematics, and an independent project work corresponding to at least 15 credits must have been completed. The requirements can also be met by acquiring the corresponding knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle program may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates' documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in both Swedish and English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate's written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

Terms of employment

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. 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 also 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 researcher Dr. Léon Chafik, telephone: +46 8 16 4353,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S) tfn 0708-16 26 64 and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative:


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply Now" button. 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 reference persons

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter - state why you are interested in the project, and what makes you suitable for the project
  • CV - degrees and other education, 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), and a list of completed courses
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

Note that a research plan is not required; therefore, disregard that part of the web form.

Interviews will probably take part in the latter part of May.

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions - Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

published: 21 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.