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Postdoctor in Horticulture


Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-1436

Department of Biosystems and Technology

At the department, research and education are conducted within the interaction between soil, plants, animals, environment, climate and people in production systems. The goal is knowledge of sustainable and multifunctional production systems for food, renewable raw materials and ornamental plants for the benefit of consumers, producers, the environment and the climate. The issues are linked to agri- and horticultural systems in greenhouses, in fields and in stables in a multifunctional perspective. Collaboration with agricultural industries and other actors along the production chain, the relevant authorities other stakeholders in society are very high priority. Visit us at https://www.slu.se/en/departments/biosystems-technology/

Duties:

We are looking for a post doctor for a research project on sustainable harvesting and quality of tunnel-produced strawberries. To ensure high yields with good quality, superior varieties and optimal production systems are crucial. The focus of the project is on ever bearing strawberry varieties used in tunnel production in Sweden. These varieties face challenges because of their strong reproductive ability that suppresses leaf initiation, limiting support to fruit growth and thus leading to unstable yield potential. The project addresses flower mapping, nectar content and pollination as tools to indicate stable yield potential of ever bearing varieties. The project is carried out at the Department of Biosystem and Technology at SLU Alnarp. The work involves a combination of cultivation, microscopy for mapping and assessment of bud initiation as well as chemical, microbial and molecular analyses.

Qualifications:

The applicant must have a doctoral degree in horticultural science or biology and documented competence in plant physiology, microbiology, molecular biology and metagenomics. Skills related to the use of microscopy are merit. Personal qualities such as ability to cooperate in a group, independence, flexibility and good analytical thinking ability are considered. Good ability to communicate orally and in writing in English is a demand.

Place of work:

Alnarp

Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 12 months, with possible extension.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-05-03, use the button below.

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

Sammar Khalil

Docent

040-41 53 35

firstname.surname@slu.se

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Post expires on Friday May 3rd, 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Agrarian History (100%)


Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-996

The Division of Agrarian History is part of the Department of Urban and Rural Development. Agrarian history is a historical discipline that studies the development from the oldest to the present time. The subject deals with agricultural production and technological change, social and economic conditions, people in the agrarian society and their relation to nature, the landscape and to society at large. The main focus is on research and education on northern European conditions, including Sweden, although a wider international agrarian history is also important for the subject.

At the Department of Urban and Rural Development there are four divisions: Agrarian History, Environmental Communication, Landscape Architecture and Rural Development. The department is the largest within SLU for social sciences, humanities and design research. Questions about sustainable use and management of natural resources and landscapes are central to research and education at the department. The Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation and Sidas Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change are also part of the department.

Job assignments

The holder will conduct independent research in Agrarian History. He/she must be willing to interact with the students and to participate actively in the common activities of the Division of Agrarian History. The position involves a limited amount of teaching and/or supervision of Bachelor and Master’s Theses. It is also expected that the holder during the two years write applications for coming external funding.

Qualifications

Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for employment.

The holder of the position should be competent and experienced enough to be able to carry out independent research in Agrarian History.

To be qualified for employment as post doc, an individual must hold a PhD in Agrarian History or related discipline (e.g. Economic History, Economic Geography, History), awarded no more than three years ago (unless the applicant has been on parental leave or leave due to illness). Applications will also be accepted from persons who have not yet completed their PhD, but this condition must be satisfied at the time of employment.

For appointment, the candidate must have demonstrated a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of the PhD dissertation and publications.

The application must include a research plan where the applicant presents her/his own ideas for research to be conducted.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

– international experience

– other results and distinctions which attest to the applicant’s ability to do research

– ability to engage and inform society at large about research

The evaluation will take the experience, knowledge and other personal qualities into consideration. The applicants’ ability to use their skills and experience to strengthen and supplement existing research activities within the Division of Agrarian History will also be considered.

Location

Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, two years

Extent

100%

First day of employment

September 1, 2019 or by appointment

Application

Applications should be written in Swedish or English and must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research plan, maximum three pages
  4. Publication list and one selected paper (publication or working paper, as web link or PDF)
  5. Certificates, etc.

The applicant is encouraged to name a maximum of two persons who can give recommendations, but we do not consider recommendation letters with the application

SLU promotes an equal opportunities code. We encourage both men and women to apply for this position.

Last day for application: 2019-05-01

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

Patrick Svensson

Professor

+ 46 18 67 3549

patrick.svensson@slu.se

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Post expires on Wednesday May 1st, 2019

Researcher – toxicokinetic modeling of human exposure to per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)

Ref SLU.ua.2019.2.5.1-1319

Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health (BVF), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. 

BVF offers an inspiring research environment where we investigate if PFAS exposure causes toxic effects in wildlife and humans, by integrating data from in vitro/vivo bioassays and studies of wildlife/humans. Our goal is to provide new important scientific knowledge as a basis for societal risk management of the rapidly emerging environmental problems with PFAS. The current project is a collaboration between SLU, University of Gothenburg, Lund University, Stockholm University, Umeå University, the Swedish National Food Agency, Karolinska Institutet and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE). 

Background: PFAS contamination of drinking water is a rapidly growing problem worldwide. In Sweden, several waterworks have closed down or have installed costly purification techniques due to PFAS contamination of groundwater. Exposure assessment is a vital part of PFAS risk assessment, and currently human exposure is mainly determined by measurements of PFAS in blood. This approach is very costly and time consuming. The aim of the project is to develop physiologically-based toxicokinetic (PBTK) models for human PFAS exposure. The models will be used to predict PFAS levels in blood of exposed individuals based on concentrations in drinking water. The models may also be used for reverse dosimetry, i.e. to calculate levels in drinking water based on PFAS in blood. Both approaches are important in the risk assessment of drinking water PFAS exposure, and for our understanding of the causal relation between PFAS exposure and health outcomes in exposed populations.

Duties:

Data from already screened populations will be analyzed using statistical multivariate models to check the associations between serum PFAS concentrations and drinking water concentrations, and factors (residence time, sex, BMI, age) that may affect these associations. PBTK modelling of PFAS is performed in highly exposed populations to identify factors that affect elimination and to compute biological half times of PFAS. Already published models specific for PFAS are used as a starting point. Available data on PFAS levels in blood, food, dust and drinking water, including duration of exposure, will be used along with experimental and in silico data.

Qualifications:

PhD in toxicology, pharmacology, biology, chemistry or equivalent within the last 6 years. Profound experience in toxicokinetic/pharmacokinetic modeling (PK/TK, PBPK/PBTK), use of multivariate statistical methods, and soft ware platforms used in modeling/statistical analyses (R, Matlab, Python, KNIME, Berkley Madonna, GastroPlus, SimCyp, WinNonlin, NONMEM etc.) is required, as well as documented proficiency in English (spoken and written). We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic person that is able to work independently as well as in a team. The appointment will be based, among other things, on the applicant´s motivation for the application.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Time-limited employment 2 years.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-04-30, use the button below.

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

Anders Glynn

Professor

+46 18 672091

fornamn.efternamn@slu.se

Daniel Muc

Researcher/project leader

+46 73 9619831

fornamn.efternamn@ri.se

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Post expires on Tuesday April 30th, 2019

One PhD position in crop production adaptations to climate change


Ref SLUua 2019.2.5.1-762

Extreme weather conditions, such as those that hit Northern Europe in summer 2018, are expected to become more common with climate change. They threaten food security by reducing crop yields and increasing their year-to-year variability. We thus need to know how we should grow our crops to reduce risks of weather-induced yield losses. To this aim, the PhD-student is expected to collate and analyze long-term meteorological and yield data drawn from differently managed cropping systems, to identify the most promising cropping strategies and their applicability by farmers.

The position will be associated with the project “Cropping options to buffer climatic extremes for high and stable yields”. The successful candidate will join a world leading team in the field, with researchers at SLU, Uppsala University, and the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (www.cnds.se). The researchers are working in the areas of plant ecophysiology, hydrology, agronomy and agroecology (https://www.slu.se/en/cv/giulia-vico/www.slu.se/bommarco-lab, http://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N14-377).

Qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate, who is actively pursuing an academic career. The required qualification for the position is at least 240 higher education credits, which can be in ecology, engineering, earth and environmental sciences, hydrology, statistics, applied mathematics, agronomy, or related fields. Written and oral proficiency in English is required. Previous experience in collation and analysis of data and working knowledge of R, MatLab, Phyton, C, or other programming languages for data analysis and model implementation are merits.

The selection among the eligible applicants will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training, their ability to collaborate, as well as their creativity, initiative, and independence. Particular emphasis will be placed on your written motivation, describing your research interests and interest in the project, as well as what makes you a motivated and suitable candidate for pursuing a PhD program in general and for this position in particular.

Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden

The position is based at the Department of Crop Production Ecology, part of the Ecology Centre at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in Uppsala, Sweden. The research conducted within the Department generally aims at improving crop productivity and sustainability, considering the interactions with the surrounding environment. The Ecology Center offers a stimulating research environment, involving scientists with very diverse and complementary expertise. Furthermore, the location in Uppsala allows collaborations also with researchers at Stockholm University and KTH. 

Forms for funding or employment

Limited time employment (4 years)

Starting date

By agreement.

Application

We welcome your application no later than 2019-04-12, use the button below.

The application must be written in English and must contain: i) a statement of your scientific interests and motivation for applying to this position (max 8000 characters including spaces); ii) Curriculum Vitae including a complete publication list; iii) contact information to at least two reference persons; iv) certified copies of previous university degrees and transcripts of completed courses.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has 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.

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 interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photo.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/postgraduate-studies/

Trade union representatives

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

Contact person

Giulia Vico

Associate Professor

+46 18 67 1418

giulia.vico@slu.se

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Post expires on Friday April 12th, 2019

Postdoc position in modelling plant-environment interactions, with a focus on perennial crops

Ref SLUua 2019.2.5.1-775

Societies need to achieve food security while minimizing the negative environmental impacts of agriculture. Identifying solutions for agroecosystems that are sustainable in the long term and are robust to changes in climate requires considering environmental and technological limits, and the tradeoffs implicit in contrasting needs. In particular, there is an emerging interest in the use of perennial grain crops, which are under development, for their ability to provide food as well as many ecosystem services. Yet, a shift from annual to perennial crops presents several potential tradeoffs, which are mediated by crop traits as well as climatic and soil conditions. We are searching for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to explore such tradeoffs using mathematical models. The results will be related to empirical data from field sites in Sweden and the USA.

The position will be associated with the project “Examining the prospects of perennial grain crops for sustainable food production” – a collaboration between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Sweden and The Land Institute and the University of Kansas in the USA.

Duties

The postdoctoral researcher should be interested in developing, evaluating, and applying mathematical and stochastic methods for the assessment of the interactions among plants and the environment in managed ecosystems, with the aim of contrasting annual and perennial crops. The work will include development of novel process-based mathematical models, use of existing ones, and collation and analyses of ecophysiological, environmental and climatic data. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to take active part to develop the project and to write and publish science in collaboration with the research team. The successful candidate will enter a world leading research team working with perennial crops from different perspectives, with combined empirical and theoretical expertise (https://www.slu.se/cv/giulia-vico/, https://landinstitute.org/about-us/staff/tim-crews/, http://geog.ku.edu/nathaniel-brunsell).

Qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is actively pursuing an academic career with an interest in the development and use of mathematical models to describe plant-environment interactions. The required qualification for the position is a PhD that can be in hydrology, earth and environmental sciences, plant biology, ecology, agronomy, applied mathematics, or related fields. Previous experience in model development and use is required. The applicant shall also have a demonstrated ability to independently initiate, conduct, and complete research projects and to generate and publish the findings in international peer-reviewed journals. Excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral) are required. It is meriting that the candidate has also i) documented research experience with and interests in models coupling plants, ecosystems, and environmental conditions; and ii) computing and coding skills in MatLab, R, Phyton, Mathematica, or other programming languages for data analysis and model implementation.

Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden

The position is based at the Department of Crop Production Ecology, part of the Ecology Centre at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in Uppsala, Sweden. The research conducted within the department generally aims at improving crop productivity and sustainability, considering the interactions with the surrounding environment. The Ecology Center offers a stimulating research environment, involving scientists with very diverse and complementary expertise. Furthermore, the location in Uppsala allows collaborations also with researchers at Uppsala University, Stockholm University and KTH

Application 

We welcome your application no later than April 24th, 2019. Please use the application button below.

The application must be written in English and contain: i) a statement of scientific interests and motivation for applying to this position, highlighting current research interests and other activities of relevance for the position (max 8000 characters including spaces); ii) Curriculum Vitae including a complete publication list, separating peer-reviewed papers from other publications; iii) contact information to at least two reference persons; iv) copies of previous university degrees and transcripts of academic records.

Form of employment

Employment full time (100 %). Time limited position as postdoctoral researcher 1+1 year with possibility for extension.

Starting date

By agreement

Trade 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

Giulia Vico

Associate Professor

+46 18 67 1418

giulia.vico@slu.se

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Post expires on Wednesday April 24th, 2019