PhD position in Structural Geology and Tectonics

at the Department of Geological Sciences. Closing date: 2022-07-31.

Stockholm University is a leading European university in the Swedish capital. The University has more than 33 000 students, 1600 doctoral students and 5500 staff members. The Department of Geological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Science with courses at master's, bachelor's and orientation levels. The department supports a broad range of basic research in geology, geochemistry and marine geology.

We are looking for a PhD student with a keen interest in field-based Structural Geology, with an emphasis in quantifying deformation processes. In addition, knowledge and expertise in Geochronology is desirable; a background in Metamorphic Petrology will not hurt.

The Structural Geology and Tectonics group at Stockholm University has ongoing field projects in the Swedish Caledonides, the Swiss-Italian Alps, the Aegean Sea region in the eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian convergent margin in Oman. Depending on qualification, funding, and to some degree personal preference, the successful candidate is supposed to contribute to one or more of these field projects. The successful candidate will work in a scientifically productive environment comprised of structural geologists, metamorphic geologists, geochronologists among others. The PhD project is financed by the Department of Geological Sciences of Stockholm University.

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

The academic area board may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant under special circumstances.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Geology stipulates that applicants must have:

  • At least 120 credits in geosciences.
  • In addition, at least 60 credits at the advanced level, including 30 credits of independent work in geosciences.

Special qualification may also be fulfilled by a person who has acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in a different order within or outside the country.

For some specializations within the geological education at the postgraduate level, students who have undergone their main level education in related scientific subjects such as physics, chemistry, mathematics or biology may also be accepted.

Eligibility must be met in order to be accepted as a PhD student for the doctoral program at the department.


The selection between candidates who meet the entry requirements will be made with reference to their ability to benefit from the training. However, the fact that an applicant is deemed able to transfer credits from previous training or professional experience may not alone give the applicant priority over other applicants in the selection process. Admission decisions are made in accordance with current delegation policies.

The selection process considers the familiarity and skill of the subject, ability to communicate in spoken and written English, analytical ability, creativity, initiative and independence, and ability to work in a group. The selection is based on the relevance of previous studies, grades of higher education courses (especially those at second-cycle level), quality and scope of degree projects, references, interviews, and personal cover letter.

For this project, selection will also evaluate and prioritize demonstrated academic ability, interest and experience in Structural Geology and Tectonics and especially field geology. Documented skills in Metamorphic Petrology and Geochronology are valuable.

If invited for interview, you will be asked to give a short presentation of yourself, report on the results of your bachelor or masters project and a summary of why you like this PhD topic and what you could offer it scientifically.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

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 Professor Uwe Ring,

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. A few candidates will then be selected for a Skype/Zoom etc. interview after the summer break in September.

Please include the following information with your application:

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Two letters of reference

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter describing:
    • why you are interested in this project
    • how your experience to date has prepared you to successfully complete this project
    • what do you hope to get out of this project in the longer term
  • CV including:
    • degrees completed (you don't need to have completed your MSc at the time you apply)
    • completed courses relevant to the project
    • a list of degree projects/theses
    • a list of work experience (if any)
    • relevant publications (if any)
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (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.

published: 18 June 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.