The Department of Zoology consists of five divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics and Evolution. At present the department accommodates 45–50 staff and a similar number of PhD students. The advertised position will be part of the Division of Ethology. There is a long-standing tradition for researchers at the Division of Ethology to collaborate with researchers from other fields, such as evolutionary ecology, theoretical evolutionary biology, and the study of cultural evolution.
A PhD student position focused on song learning in birds is available in David Wheatcroft’s research group in the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University. The overall aim of the project is to disentangle the roles of early life experience and genetics in song learning. Among other topics, the project could focus on mechanisms of early song responses, the ways in which early life condition influences the development of subsequent physiological and behavioral traits, including song, and/or neurogenomics of auditory-vocal development. A significant portion of the research would be conducted on captive-reared pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) as well as on a natural population of pied flycatchers.
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 ethology, the applicant must have completed at least 120 credits in biology and achieved a passing result on an independent project of at least 30 credits at the advanced level. The specific entry requirements can also be met by those who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.
For UK education systems, general and specific entry requirements are typically equivalent to an MBiolSci or equivalent (4 year undergraduate degree with the last year having at least half the credits associated with a research project and associated write up) or an MSc. For US education systems, this is typically the equivalent of an MSc, although you may be eligible to start before you defend your masters. If you are uncertain about whether your qualifications met the entry requirements, you should still apply and we will determine whether you are eligible.
The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.
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 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: www.su.se/rules 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 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.
For more information, please contact Associate Professor David Wheatcroft, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, email@example.com, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (SEKO), and PhD student representative, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
- CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
- Project proposal/Research proposal describing:
– why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
– why and how you wish to complete the project
– what makes you suitable for the project in question
- 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.
You are welcome to apply!