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PhD student, Biology – Plant Pathology

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-3034

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

A PhD position in Biology is vacant at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The department undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems.

Biological control of septoria tritici blotch on wheat

Description:

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our ongoing research in biological control of plant diseases. Septoria tritici blotch (STB) is a serious disease on wheat that can cause considerable yield losses. Treatment with chemical fungicides can result in development of resistance in the pathogen populations, emphasizing the need for alternative plant protection measures. Biological control of STB using beneficial microorganisms and development of disease-resistant plants are two strategies for replacing chemical fungicides. The focus of this research project is to study the possibility to use biological control of STB in wheat, and to study differences in efficiency between wheat cultivars. Another focus is to develop genetic markers to be used in breeding programs to develop new wheat cultivars with high compatibility with biological control.

The successful candidate will join a scientific community of researchers, post-docs and PhD students at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology (https://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-mycology-plantpathology) and the research school Organismbiology (https://www.slu.se/en/graduate-schools/organism-biology). The project is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Plant Protection Biology, the Department of Plant Breeding and the company Lantmännen. The department offers a creative and stimulating international environment and is associated with the Uppsala BioCenter at SLU and the Linnean Center for Plant Biology in Uppsala.

Qualifications:

The applicant should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in biology, horticulture or agronomy with emphasis on plant pathology, plant breeding, mycology, microbiology, molecular biology or corresponding topics. Documented abilities to manage a laboratory research project are required. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is required.

Documented laboratory work experience in mycology, plant pathology, bioinformatics and molecular biology methods is highly valued. The candidate should have good communication skills, a strong work ethic, be a team player and work well in a strong research environment.

A CV (max 3 pages, font type Arial or Times New Roman, min size 11) should include the following headings: education, work experience, research interests, awards, publications, presentations at conferences, teaching experience, field work experience, laboratory experience, software and computing skills, languages and contact details for two reference persons.

A motivation letter (max 2 pages, font type Arial or Times New Roman, min size 11) should motivate the candidate’s qualifications and interest in conducting this PhD project.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment as PhD student (4 years education).

Starting date:

According to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-10-16, use the button below.

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 grade equivalent to English B/English 6 is a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants is made with reference to the written application including curriculum vitae, dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, reference persons, 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 photography.

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

Magnus Karlsson

Associate Professor

+46 18 671837

magnus.karlsson@slu.se

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Post expires on Friday October 16th, 2020

Postdoctoral position – Biobased activated carbon for the fabrication of electrodes in electrochemical storage devices

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-3174

Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology

The department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) forms part of the Faculty of Forest Sciences, has about 50 employees, and is located in both Umeå and Uppsala. The department carries out high-quality research and under- and postgraduate education on a high international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource. The major focus in Umeå lies on value chains in the bio-based industry, where different components of forest biomaterials are collected, characterized, separated, modified/processed, used, and re-used cost-effectively for different purposes while forest ecosystem services are managed sustainably. In Uppsala, the focus lies on wood science and technology with research and education on wood materials from nano to macro levels and with accredited testing of wood products and treatments for the market.

Background:

Supercapacitors and batteries are critical enabling technologies and at the center of vast global research initiatives to meet the rising global demand for clean, sustainable energy. Activated carbon is one of the most common materials for fabricating electrodes in electrochemical storage devices and, by utilization of biobased feedstock, environmentally sustainable production can be obtained. Systematic research is required to develop knowledge on the linkage between the type and composition of the biomass feedstock, carbonization technology, and activation methods on the electrochemical performance of biomass-derived activated carbons

Tasks:

Targeted forest-industrial materials are carbonized by hydrothermal carbonization (HTC), conventional pyrolysis, and microwave pyrolysis and chemically and/or physically activated. Characterization of feedstocks and biocarbons are performed (e.g. standard biomass analyses, SEM, sorption properties, FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy, surface area and pore distribution analyses, tomography, electrical conductivity, etc.).

The project is carried out within the research environments Bio4Energy (www.bio4energy.se) and Treesearch (www.treesearch.se) and thus provides unique access to research infrastructure and interdisciplinary collaborations. The position is located in Umeå at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology. The research group has thorough expertise in biomass materials and thermal treatment and access to a unique infrastructure and technical support at the Biomass Technology Center. The project is carried out in collaboration with a forest industry partner. Electrochemistry is a new field of research for the department and the applicant thus has great influence over the project focus. The applicant is expected to take the main responsibility for the practical implementation of the project, data collection, modeling of results, and for the scientific publication.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is interested in a continued academic career in bio-based technology. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and evident expertise in electrochemistry. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is a maximum of three years at the end of the application period. The applicant must have proven ability to independently initiate, conduct, and complete research projects and create and publish the results in international scientific journals. Applicants must have excellent skills in written and oral communication in English, which should also be demonstrated in peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations

The Department will in this recruitment, in addition to a proven track record, also after an overall assessment of skills and qualifications, make a judgement of who is most suitable to carry out and develop the work and contribute to a positive development of the activities within the field.

Place of work:

Umeå, Sweden.

Type of employment:

Fixed-term employment of 24 months with possible prolongation.

Percentage of employment:

100%

Starting date:

November 2020 or by agreement. 

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-10-15, to apply use the link at the end of the document.

Applications must be written in English and contain
i) Summary of research experience indicating the fulfilment of qualifications required for the position,
ii) Curriculum Vitae including complete publication list clearly indicating peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications
iii) contact information for two reference persons.


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

Sylvia Larsson

Professor

+46907868790

Sylvia.Larsson@slu.se

Michael Finell

Head of department

090-786 87 96

michael.finell@slu.se

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply

Post expires on Thursday October 15th, 2020

PhD student in Biology with specialization in Ecology

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-3330

Seabirds, forage fish and novel research technologies

The Department of Aquatic Resources at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is looking to recruit a PhD candidate to work with seabirds and forage fish.

Project description:

Seabirds are top-predators in marine ecosystems that often feed on forage fish, and thereby compete with industrial fisheries. Ecosystem-based management requires that top-predators’ prey requirements are accounted for, but there are today no generally accepted guidelines for how much and where prey needs to be available to suffice for the conservation of seabirds. This project aims at using novel research technologies to link seabird foraging ecology with the abundance and distribution of forage fish, in order to answer the following questions: (1) How much forage fish does seabirds need during the breeding season?, (2) How does spatial and depth distribution of forage fish affect the phenology and breeding success of seabirds?, and (3) How does different locomotion traits (flying and diving capability) between species affect forage fish requirements?

The project is part of a larger project at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences together with Stockholm University and WWF Sweden on managing ecosystem trade-offs using novel technologies. Field work on seabirds will be performed by the candidate on the island of Stora Karlsö in the Baltic Sea, primarily on common guillemots (Uria aalge) and razorbills (Alca torda). Observation studies, including surveillance camera monitoring, and biotelemetry will be used to track seabirds’ behavior in the colony and on their foraging grounds. Forage fish will be studied using a sailing drone, equipped with an echosounder. Previously collected data on seabird and forage fish will be available to the candidate within the project.

Qualifications:

Required qualifications

  • Either an MSc degree (or equivalent) in Biology / Ecology / Environmental Sciences with skills in quantitative analyses, or an MSc degree (or equivalent) in Statistics / Mathematics / Engineering with documented experience in biology.
  • Good communication skills in spoken and written English (upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6).

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in seabird field work
  • Skills in hydro-acoustic (echo-sounder) data analysis
  • Knowledge and experience of research technologies, e.g. camera surveillance, biotelemetry, drones and transponders.

Place of work:

Lysekil

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment 4 years

Starting date:

Prospective starting date is Jan 15th, 2021

Application:

The application shall contain: 

  • A Letter of Motivation, describing the applicant’s previous academic and professional experience and motivation in relation to the project  
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of degree incl. transcript of academic records
  • Copy of degree thesis
  • A list of two reference persons familiar with the applicant’s qualifications

We welcome your application no later than 2020-11-01, use the button below.

Please observe that applicants 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 photography.

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Read more about seabird research in the Baltic Sea

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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

Michele Casini

Professor

010-4784016

michele.casini@slu.se

Jonas Hentati-Sundberg

Associate Senior Lecturer

+46 739 38 79 69

jonas.sundberg@slu.se

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Post expires on Sunday November 1st, 2020

Postdoctoral position – Biobased activated carbon for the fabrication of electrodes in electrochemical storage devices

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-3174

Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology

The department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) forms part of the Faculty of Forest Sciences, has about 50 employees, and is located in both Umeå and Uppsala. The department carries out high-quality research and under- and postgraduate education on a high international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource. The major focus in Umeå lies on value chains in the bio-based industry, where different components of forest biomaterials are collected, characterized, separated, modified/processed, used, and re-used cost-effectively for different purposes while forest ecosystem services are managed sustainably. In Uppsala, the focus lies on wood science and technology with research and education on wood materials from nano to macro levels and with accredited testing of wood products and treatments for the market.

Background:

Supercapacitors and batteries are critical enabling technologies and at the center of vast global research initiatives to meet the rising global demand for clean, sustainable energy. Activated carbon is one of the most common materials for fabricating electrodes in electrochemical storage devices and, by utilization of biobased feedstock, environmentally sustainable production can be obtained. Systematic research is required to develop knowledge on the linkage between the type and composition of the biomass feedstock, carbonization technology, and activation methods on the electrochemical performance of biomass-derived activated carbons

Tasks:

Targeted forest-industrial materials are carbonized by hydrothermal carbonization (HTC), conventional pyrolysis, and microwave pyrolysis and chemically and/or physically activated. Characterization of feedstocks and biocarbons are performed (e.g. standard biomass analyses, SEM, sorption properties, FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy, surface area and pore distribution analyses, tomography, electrical conductivity, etc.).

The project is carried out within the research environments Bio4Energy (www.bio4energy.se) and Treesearch (www.treesearch.se) and thus provides unique access to research infrastructure and interdisciplinary collaborations. The position is located in Umeå at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology. The research group has thorough expertise in biomass materials and thermal treatment and access to a unique infrastructure and technical support at the Biomass Technology Center. The project is carried out in collaboration with a forest industry partner. Electrochemistry is a new field of research for the department and the applicant thus has great influence over the project focus. The applicant is expected to take the main responsibility for the practical implementation of the project, data collection, modeling of results, and for the scientific publication.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is interested in a continued academic career in bio-based technology. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and evident expertise in electrochemistry. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is a maximum of three years at the end of the application period. The applicant must have proven ability to independently initiate, conduct, and complete research projects and create and publish the results in international scientific journals. Applicants must have excellent skills in written and oral communication in English, which should also be demonstrated in peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations

The Department will in this recruitment, in addition to a proven track record, also after an overall assessment of skills and qualifications, make a judgement of who is most suitable to carry out and develop the work and contribute to a positive development of the activities within the field.

Place of work:

Umeå, Sweden.

Type of employment:

Fixed-term employment of 24 months with possible prolongation.

Percentage of employment:

100%

Starting date:

November 2020 or by agreement. 

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-10-15, to apply use the link at the end of the document.

Applications must be written in English and contain
i) Summary of research experience indicating the fulfilment of qualifications required for the position,
ii) Curriculum Vitae including complete publication list clearly indicating peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications
iii) contact information for two reference persons.


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

Sylvia Larsson

Professor

+46907868790

Sylvia.Larsson@slu.se

Michael Finell

Head of department

090-786 87 96

michael.finell@slu.se

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply

Post expires on Thursday October 15th, 2020

PhD position in chemical ecology within nGICE

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-3192

Department of Plant Protection Biology

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Plant Protection Biology, has an open position for a PhD student in chemical ecology within nGICE.

The Disease Vector group at the Department of Plant Protection Biology conducts and promotes basic research on the chemical ecology of disease vectors in accordance with societal needs, nationally and internationally, and apply this know-how to develop novel surveillance and control tools to be used within the integrated vector management framework. Our multi-disciplinary approach to study how odour-mediated behaviours of disease vectors are modulated by external chemosensory cues and internal physiological states is directed towards the identification of targets for reducing host-vector interactions.

The Max Planck Centre, next Generation Insect Chemical Ecology (nGICE) is a high-level cooperation between SLU, Lund University and the Max Planck Society. The nGICE Centre focuses on a better understanding of the consequences of global climate change on insect ecosystem services, outbreaks of invasive insect species and the spread of disease vectors in Europe through the lens of insect chemical communication systems.

The PhD student will assess the genetic basis for host preference in disease vector mosquitoes.

The genetic basis for host preference in disease vector mosquitoes

Description:

With rising temperatures, increasing pollution and extreme water conditions, the Anthropocene is seeing range expansions, contractions and outright migrations of a wide variety of species, resulting in new inter- and intra-specific contacts, with the potential to create super-vectors of disease. Such a range expansion of two Culex pipiens biotypes has resulted in hybrid offspring that are seriously effective bridge vectors of West Nile virus. While each parent is either strongly ornithophilic or anthropophilic, the hybrid offspring are both, making them superb bridge vectors. This system provides an excellent opportunity to understand the role that gene and genome play in shaping the natural host preference of mosquitoes. In this project, the PhD student will use an ecological genomics approach to understand the genetic mechanisms underlying host preference, in combination with both classical and reverse chemical ecology techniques. The aim of the project will be to identify the genes and their variants involved in host preference, to functionally characterise a subset of the chemosensory-related genes, e.g. chemoreceptors, and to evaluate the effect of these genes and genetic variants in vivo. At least 6 months of the project will be conducted at the Max Planck Institutes for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will hold a MSc in a biology-related field. Experience with ecological genomics is a requirement. In addition, experience with behavioural analysis in insects is a significant asset. S/he should be fluent in spoken and written English, and have excellent communication skills. The candidate should enjoy working in a group environment, as well as demonstrate a solid ability to work independently to advance our research.

Place of work:

Alnarp, Sweden

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment (4 years)

Starting date:

1 January 2021

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-09-30, use the button below.

Specific documents attached: Applications must contain (1) PhD application form, (2) CV, (3) a description of research experience, (4) a statement of scientific interests, as well as (5) contact information of two references.

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 photography.

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

Sharon Hill

Forskare/Researcher

+46 40-415379, +46 707-726394

sharon.hill@slu.se

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Post expires on Wednesday September 30th, 2020

Postdoctoral position in freshwater ecology and forest management

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-3173

Department of Forest Ecology and Management

We are looking for a Postdoctoral fellow to participate in a research project, ‘New ways to improve water protection from forestry practices?’, at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden. The department includes 100 people of about 10 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management.

For more information: http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-ecology-management/

The project goal is to understand the resiliency of small streams in managed forest landscapes.  The position will be based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå, but will potentially include field travels across Sweden. The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Dr. Lenka Kuglerová and will actively collaborate with Prof. Larry Greenberg at Karlstad University. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Hjalmar Laudon and Dr. Johanna Lundström, who are project partners and members of the project team.  

Duties:

In particular, we will investigate the effects of forest harvest on ecological integrity of small streams downstream of harvested areas. The main responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow is to empirically and experimentally investigate how forest harvesting adjacent to streams affects downstream stream reaches, and whether stream ecosystem processes and aquatic biota recover in streams that enter unharvested forest patches below clear-cuts. The postdoctoral fellow will also work with different riparian buffer management practices and study how buffers mitigate propagation of downstream effects. The exact response variables investigated in this project will be decided together with postdoc but they will represent various ecosystem quality indicators for boreal forests, therefore we are primarily looking for a freshwater ecologist. This project also links to a number of experiments running in the near by Krycklan catchment and other experimental areas, which offers a great opportunity for collaboration and participation in other projects for the candidate

Qualifications:

We seek a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher who has a strong interest in stream and riparian systems, disturbance and resilience. The candidate should have expertise in lotic ecosystems, especially freshwater ecology. Other subject areas can include water quality, or hydrology. The most qualified applicants will have relevant experience with biological, ecological and physical processes in streams, field sampling in lotic ecosystems, and forestry practices, but does not need to be fully trained in all areas. Ability to program and analyze data in R is highly desirable, as is experience with spatial analyses and GIS software. Candidates must be able to write well in English and have experience at effectively communicate research findings within and outside of academia. Evidence of successful participation in team projects as well as the ability to work independently is essential. Previous peer-reviewed scientific publications are highly desirable

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates  with a doctoral degree that is a maximum of three years at the end of the application period.

Place of work:

Umeå

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

January – April 2021

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-10-04, 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

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

Lenka Kuglerova

Dr

lenka.kuglerova@slu.se

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Post expires on Sunday October 4th, 2020

Post Doctor in insect ecology

Ref SLU.ua.2020.2.5.1-3258

Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology conducts research for sustainable agriculture, forest production and biological conservation. At the Department of Ecology our research group conduct studies on chemically-mediated interactions between plants and the importance of indirect effects of plant-plant interaction on plant-herbivore-natural enemy communities. We generate knowledge on how these interactions can be applied in development of sustainable crop protection strategies.

The aim of this project is to understand an overlooked aspect of predator – prey interactions and the ecological roles of ladybird aposematic semiochemistry. In this project we will investigate these tritrophic interactions further to reach an understanding of the underlying mechanisms and their possible contribution to sustainable aphid control in cereals.

Duties:

The Postdoc will play a key role in a new project that exploring the effects of ladybirds chemical tracks on plant response and aphid behaviour. The candidate is expected to investigate the impact of ladybird chemical tracks on key aspects of aphid development, evaluate plant responses induced by semiochemicals in ladybird footprints and isolate and confirm the chemical cues mediating plant and aphid responses as well as investigate the potential of these top-down and bottom-up interactions to control pest aphids in field experiments.

The successful candidate will participate in small projects that may or may not be directly related to their own project research, support other projects in the research group and generate pilot data for future grant submissions. This may also include mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as assisting other lab/community members.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher who has a strong interest in chemical 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: ladybird’s chemical ecology, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, insect behaviour, plant-insect interactions as well as knowledge in design and performance of filed experiments. Evidence of knowledge and experience in ladybird’s chemical ecology will be an advantage. 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.

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

November 2020 or earlier if possible

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-10-02, 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

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

Velemir Ninkovic

018-672541

velemir.ninkovic@slu.se

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply

Post expires on Friday October 2nd, 2020

Postdoctoral position – Biobased activated carbon for the fabrication of electrodes in electrochemical storage devices

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-3174

Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology

The department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) forms part of the Faculty of Forest Sciences, has about 50 employees, and is located in both Umeå and Uppsala. The department carries out high-quality research and under- and postgraduate education on a high international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource. The major focus in Umeå lies on value chains in the bio-based industry, where different components of forest biomaterials are collected, characterized, separated, modified/processed, used, and re-used cost-effectively for different purposes while forest ecosystem services are managed sustainably. In Uppsala, the focus lies on wood science and technology with research and education on wood materials from nano to macro levels and with accredited testing of wood products and treatments for the market.

Background:

Supercapacitors and batteries are critical enabling technologies and at the center of vast global research initiatives to meet the rising global demand for clean, sustainable energy. Activated carbon is one of the most common materials for fabricating electrodes in electrochemical storage devices and, by utilization of biobased feedstock, environmentally sustainable production can be obtained. Systematic research is required to develop knowledge on the linkage between the type and composition of the biomass feedstock, carbonization technology, and activation methods on the electrochemical performance of biomass-derived activated carbons

Tasks:

Targeted forest-industrial materials are carbonized by hydrothermal carbonization (HTC), conventional pyrolysis, and microwave pyrolysis and chemically and/or physically activated. Characterization of feedstocks and biocarbons are performed (e.g. standard biomass analyses, SEM, sorption properties, FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy, surface area and pore distribution analyses, tomography, electrical conductivity, etc.).

The project is carried out within the research environments Bio4Energy (www.bio4energy.se) and Treesearch (www.treesearch.se) and thus provides unique access to research infrastructure and interdisciplinary collaborations. The position is located in Umeå at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology. The research group has thorough expertise in biomass materials and thermal treatment and access to a unique infrastructure and technical support at the Biomass Technology Center. The project is carried out in collaboration with a forest industry partner. Electrochemistry is a new field of research for the department and the applicant thus has great influence over the project focus. The applicant is expected to take the main responsibility for the practical implementation of the project, data collection, modeling of results, and for the scientific publication.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is interested in a continued academic career in bio-based technology. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and evident expertise in electrochemistry. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is a maximum of three years at the end of the application period. The applicant must have proven ability to independently initiate, conduct, and complete research projects and create and publish the results in international scientific journals. Applicants must have excellent skills in written and oral communication in English, which should also be demonstrated in peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations

The Department will in this recruitment, in addition to a proven track record, also after an overall assessment of skills and qualifications, make a judgement of who is most suitable to carry out and develop the work and contribute to a positive development of the activities within the field.

Place of work:

Umeå, Sweden.

Type of employment:

Fixed-term employment of 24 months with possible prolongation.

Percentage of employment:

100%

Starting date:

November 2020 or by agreement. 

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-10-15, to apply use the link at the end of the document.

Applications must be written in English and contain
i) Summary of research experience indicating the fulfilment of qualifications required for the position,
ii) Curriculum Vitae including complete publication list clearly indicating peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications
iii) contact information for two reference persons.


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

Sylvia Larsson

Professor

+46907868790

Sylvia.Larsson@slu.se

Michael Finell

Head of department

090-786 87 96

michael.finell@slu.se

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Post expires on Thursday October 15th, 2020