Student Opportunity Announcements

PhD position in Marine Biology/Ecology

Department of Aquatic Resources in
Lysekil, Sweden

1 PhD student in the research
education subject: Biology with orientation Ecology


Understanding the spatial dynamics of Baltic Sea fish

At the Department of Aquatic
Resources of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU Aqua), we are
looking for a highly motivated PhD-student to work with the spatial
distribution and dynamics of commercial marine fish species. The distribution of
several of the main fish species of the Baltic Sea has dramatically changed
during the past 30 years, with consequences for both ecosystem functioning and
fisheries. This creates large challenges for the assessment and the management
of these resources. Nevertheless, the factors shaping the spatial distribution
of these fish species are poorly known. This project aims to gain a better
understanding of the processes affecting the spatio-temporal dynamics of fish
populations, with particular focus on cod and flounder. Specifically the
objectives are to (i) study the habitat preferences of the fish species using
archived data and new sampling; (ii) identify, quantify, and understand the
drivers of the changes in the spatial distribution of the species; (iii) study
the potential interactions between and within species. The objectives of the
project will be achieved using different statistical modeling techniques and
field/laboratory work. The results of the project will generate new knowledge
on the ecology of commercially exploited species that could be used in the
future fisheries and ecosystem-based management. The PhD student will work in
the stock assessment research group at SLU Aqua in Lysekil with working and
training periods in Öregrund. SLU Aqua has extensive national and international
collaborations. The PhD project will be part of the international BONUS project
'INSPIRE: Integrating spatial processes into ecosystem models for
sustainable utilization of fish resources”, a collaboration of research groups
from seven different countries. The PhD position includes opportunity of
exchanges within this large research network around the Baltic Sea and
participation in offshore research surveys.


The candidate should have a MSc degree or equivalent in
Biology/Ecology/Environmental Sciences, or in Statistics/Mathematics with
strong interest for ecology. Particular merits are considered experience of
ecosystem and/or population modeling, statistical evaluation of time-series and
spatial data, and familiarity to work with large datasets. Familiarity of
working with R and GIS will be considered a strong merit. Previous experience
with laboratory work is desirable. Personal qualities such as dedication, high
degree of self-motivation, and ability to collaborate will be considered
essential. Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English are
required. The selection will be based on written application, CV, diploma/exam
work, personal references, and an interview.

Forms for funding or employment

Employment as PhD student 4 years

SLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A person has basic eligibility for third level education if he or she
has taken a second level qualification or has completed course requirements of
at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education
credits at second level.

Those who met the requirements for general eligibility before July 1st, 2007,
i.e. had completed a programme of higher education for at least 180 Higher
education credits or the equivalent, will continue to do so until the end of

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with
reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees
and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters
or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the
applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an

Read more about the PhD education in
the Handbook for
postgraduate students

Read about the PhD education at SLU at


Further information: Ass. Prof. Michele Casini (;
+46-10-4784016), Ass. Prof. Ann-Britt Florin (;
+46-10-478 4122)

Academic union representatives

SACO Anneli Lundkvist +46 (0)18 67 27 12

SEKO Desiree Karlsson +46 (0)18 67 10 57

ST Lotta Olsson +46 (0)18 67 15 36

Applications, marked with ref no Dnr SLU ua 5818/2013, must have
arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or no later than