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Postdoc, Ecology

Ref SLU.ua.2020.2.5.1-4308

Cropping systems with increased plant genetic diversity for sustainable plant protection against insect pests

The Department of Ecology conducts research for sustainable agriculture, forest production and biological conservation. At the Department of Ecology our research group focuses on plant-plant interactions in crop fields with different levels of plant diversity achieved by mixing different crop species or cultivars. We investigate the biological mechanisms behind these interactions, focusing on how different plant species and varieties communicate using chemical signals and contribute to enhance biological pest control and how these interactions can be applied in development of sustainable crop protection strategies.

Description:

We are looking for a postdoc to join us in EU-funded research project EcoStack aimed at developing innovative cropping systems with increased plant genetic diversity for sustainable plant protection against insect pests. Within this project, you will investigate interactions between plants in cropping systems with increased plant diversity, and how this affects pests, their natural enemies and microorganisms. The research will include both laboratory and field work. Field trials examining the effects of different cropping systems on insect population development will form an important part of the project. In laboratory experiments, you will investigate how plant-plant and plant-microbe interactions affect plant physiology and insect behaviour, and investigate the underlying mechanisms, focusing on how plants communicate with each other. You will work in a group of senior researchers, post-docs and PhD students, mostly in ecology but also cooperate with researchers in microbiology group.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher who has a strong interest in ecology, and who is actively pursuing an academic career. Candidates must have completed and defended their PhD in chemical ecology, ecology or entomology or a related field by the last application date of this position. The position is intended for junior scientists and we are primarily looking for candidates that have received their PhD not later than three years ago.

The candidate should be able to quickly understand new research questions, identify the key issues and make situational judgements on how to proceed. The successful candidate will be part of a group of international researchers with different backgrounds and needs to be able to work in a group as well as independently. Selection of the successful applicant is mainly based on scientific skills and research experience in one or more of the following areas: plan-plant, plant-insect and plant-microbe interactions, pest population dynamics as well as knowledge in design and performance of filed experiments including statistical data analyses (meta analyses models). Evidence on experience on soil microbiome analyses will be a merit. Much emphasis in our recruitment will be placed on personal qualities and soft skills, e.g. high degree of self-motivation, the ability to work tidily, effectively, responsibly and congenially in a group context with shared facilities. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English and proven proficiency in writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers. A valid driving license is required and you should be prepared to travel to different field locations.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 24 months.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

March 2021 or earlier if possible

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2021-01-08, use the button below. Interested applicants should submit the following:

1) Cover letter demonstrating the applicants motivation and interest in the topic (max 2 pages, in English)

2) C.V., including the date of disputation, the list of published work (if any), and names and contact information for three references

3) Copies of transcripts of academic records, or a link to/copy of doctoral thesis

Fackliga kontaktpersoner:

https://internt.slu.se/min-anstallning/facket/kontaktpersoner/


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

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SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Velemir Ninkovic

018-672541

velemir.ninkovic@slu.se

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Post expires on Friday January 8th, 2021

PhD student in the research education subject: Chemistry

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-4441

Department of Molecular Sciences

An appointment as PhD student in research subject Chemistry is vacant at the Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU, Uppsala. The department has approximately 110 employees and together with two other departments forms an inspiring research environment at the BioCenter at the Ultuna campus in Uppsala. Here you will find expertise in chemistry and biotechnology, plant biology, mycology, plant pathology, microbiology, food science, calculation-based genetics, as well as competitive infrastructure such as plant-growing facilities, advanced microscopy and molecular biology, X-ray and NMR. The department conducts research, teaching and environmental monitoring in the field of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, natural product chemistry, food science and microbiology. Visit us at our website.

Synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials for bio-encapsulation and delivery

Description:

The project aims at the development of new materials for encapsulation of living cells and tissues with applications in biomedicine and agriculture. Purpose of the project is to develop nanostructured oxide materials bearing specific organic or biomolecular functions for selected purposes. It will involve the synthesis of new organic-inorganic hybrid materials, their characterization by a variety of techniques such as electron microscopy, AFM, X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction and NMR, and verification of their functional characteristics. The project will be carried out in an inspiring international environment and will involve active participation in international project meetings. One or several short research exchanges with partners abroad are foreseen.

Qualifications:

The applicants are expected to hold an MSc degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or related subject. The student should have a strong interest for and general expertise in the synthesis and characterization of materials. Experience in spectroscopic characterization techniques and an interest in Biological Applications of materials, Environmental Sciences or Coordination Chemistry are of merit. Excellent communication skills orally and in writing in English are required. Mastering Swedish language is a merit.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Forms for funding or employment:

100 % employment as a PhD student for 4 years

Starting date:

Begins according to agreement

Application:

Welcome with your application no later than January 1, 2021.

To be eligible for postgraduate education, a degree at the advanced level or at least four years of full-time studies, of which at least one year at the advanced level, is required. In addition, an understanding of a practice-oriented investigation and own experience of such processes is required. Selection among the eligible applicants is based on: written application including curriculum vitae and attached projects and texts; master thesis; personal references; sufficient knowledge of English, originality and implementation potential in project description / idea and interview.
Please note that the applicant (s) who are called for an interview must then submit certified copies of diplomas and register extracts from previous studies at undergraduate and advanced level at a university or college, and that the applicants who have foreign citizenship must also submit a certified copy of the page in the passport that contains photos and personal information.

Read more about SLU’s postgraduate education here.

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

www.slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Vadim Kessler

Professor

+46 18671541

firstname.lastname@slu.se

Gulaim Seisenbaeva

University lecturer

+46 1872994

firstname.lastname@slu.se

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Post expires on Friday January 1st, 2021

Postdoc in functional microbial ecology

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-4394

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology offers a stimulating and international research environment. Research at the department include interactions between microorganisms and plants as well as mycology, microbial ecology and evolution. Central themes are plant pathology, biodiversity and nutrient and carbon cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems. The position is placed in the Soil Microbiology team, which performs fundamental and applied research in functional microbial ecology, especially within the nitrogen cycle.

Duties:

The postdoctoral researcher will do research on functional community ecology of microorganisms involved in nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. The central theme is the interplay between organisms/pathways that are sources and sinks of the greenhous gas nitrous oxide. The work primarily includes analyses of metagenomes and prokaryote genomes, as well as data analyses and writing of scientific articles, but could also include conducting microcosm experiments and laboratory work. 

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented candidate who is interested in microbial ecology. A PhD degree in biology or microbiology, preferably microbial ecology or another relevant subject is required. The candidate should have documented experience in bioinformatics and experience with analyses of metagenomes and prokaryotic genomes is highly warrented. Good knowledge in statistics is desired. Experience with experimental work and molecular ecology methods are merits.

The applicant should have documented capabilities of autonomous scientific research work and skills in writing scientific publications. The working language is English and good skills in English (both written and oral) are required.

A postdoctoral position is a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, intended primarily for those who have obtained a doctorate degree within the past three years.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 24 months.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

By agreement but no later than May, 2021.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than December 22, 2020, use the button below. 

Interested applicants should submit the following: 1) Cover letter in English; 2) CV, including the date of PhD defense, list of published work, and names and contact information for two personal references; 3) Copies of transcripts of academic records, and a link to/copy of doctoral thesis; 4) If the applicant is a foreign citizen, we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to the written application, including CV, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, publication history, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview. 

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/min-anstallning/facket/kontaktpersoner/


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

www.slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Sara Hallin

Professor

Sara.Hallin@slu.se

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Post expires on Tuesday December 22nd, 2020

PhD student, Economics

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-2277

The department of forest economics is focused on research and education within business administration and natural resource economics and policy, with a particular focus on forest-related natural resources. Departmental activities have strong connections to sustainable development. The department contributes to education at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, and is responsible for bachelor- and master programs as well as offering PhD education within business administration and resource economics. Geographically, the department is located at two campuses: Ultuna (Uppsala) and Umeå. The department also has very strong research connections locally and internationally: It is a key part of an inter-University (together with Umeå University) research center, CERE (www.cere.se); it is involved in SSFE (Scandinavian Society Forest Economics) (www.ssfe-network.org); and is responsible for the editorial office of the Journal of Forest Economics (www.nowpublishers.com/JFE); and the head office of the research- and knowledge network “Forest Bioeconomy Network” – closely connected to the EFI (European Forest Institute) (www.forbioeconomy.com), is located at the department.

PhD studentship in forest economics

We are searching for a Doctoral student to join the Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå. The student will engage in the study of sustainable management of forest resources applying economic principles and econometric models. In this context, forest resource management can range from forest owner harvesting decisions, to industry-level behaviors responding to public policies, to the monetarization of forest ecosystem services. The final focus of the Ph.D. program will be determined by the candidate’s and mentor’s common interests. Candidates are encouraged to review research conducted by Dr. Francisco X. Aguilar, Professor, Department of Forest Economics, available here and on Google Scholar.

Description:

The selected PhD candidate will be involved in interdisciplinary efforts at the SLU Department of Forest Economics. The candidate will be responsible for: identifying a research topic that expands the state-of-knowledge integrating economics and forest resource management; developing relevant research questions, developing a theoretical framework and an appropriate research design; applying appropriate econometric tools; writing scientific manuscripts and compile a Ph.D. thesis suitable for examination. Course work is also included in the PhD program.

The PhD program consists of 4-year full-time studies where the position is to be contracted based on annual evaluations.

Qualifications:

To be eligible to apply for the PhD program, you have to have at least a master’s degree in economics or related field (e.g. agricultural economics, natural resource economics, forest economics, or a strong quantitative interdisciplinary program). Knowledge in natural resource economics, demonstrated capacity to integrate forestry and economics concepts and documented knowledge of econometric or statistical packages are considered an extra merit. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English is required.

Of extra merit is experience writing scientific manuscripts. Additionally, advanced knowledge in the use of R, SAS, Stata or other software commonly used in econometric analyses is considered extra merit.

Place of work:

Umeå, Sweden

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment up to 4 years as PhD student, with yearly evaluations.

Starting date:

Negotiable, upon agreement.

Application:

We welcome applications until December 11 2020 using the button below.

Individuals have basic eligibility for third cycle education if they have taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Final selection is made with reference to a written application including a CV, a two-page proposed research outline, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the MS thesis, at least two referees familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language, and an interview. Applicants invited to interview shall provide certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts by the time of the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen, SLU requires a certified copy of the passport page disclosing personal data and photograph.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

www.slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Francisco Aguilar

Professor

+46 (0)72-247 95 38

francisco.aguilar@slu.se

Camilla Widmark

Associate professor, Head of Department

+46 (0)90-786 85 96 / +46 (0)70-292 90 18

Camilla.Widmark@slu.se

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Post expires on Friday December 11th, 2020