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.
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.
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:
Form of employment:
Fixed term employment of 24 months.
March 2021 or earlier if possible
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
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.
SLU is an equal opportunity employer.
Post expires on Friday January 8th, 2021