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PhD position in chemical ecology within nGICE

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-1380

Institutionen för växtskyddsbiologi

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 PhD student will assess how climate impact on the vector capacity of mosquitoes.

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 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.

Climate impact on vector capacity

Description:

With rising temperatures, increasing pollution and extreme water conditions, the Anthropocene is seeing range expansions, contractions and outright migration 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. Here, we will analyse the mechanisms underlying the change in host preference, using both classical and reverse chemical ecology approaches. While behavioural analyses will be important for determining parental and hybrid phenotypes, the focus of the project will be to identify and functionally characterise the chemoreceptors involved in host preference variation. At least six months of the position will be spent in Jena, Germany.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will hold a MSc in a biology-related field. Experience with behavioural analysis of insects is a requirement. In addition, experience with transcriptomic and functional genomic analyses are significant assets. 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) fully funded

Starting date:

1 September 2020

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-04-30, 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/postgraduate-studies/

Academic union representatives:

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


Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) utvecklar kunskapen om de biologiska naturresurserna, och hur vi kan förvalta och nyttja dem på ett hållbart sätt. Detta sker genom utbildning, forskning och miljöanalys, i nära samverkan med näring och samhälle. SLU är ett internationellt och forskningsintensivt universitet, men erbjuder också unika utbildningar som agronom, veterinär, jägmästare, miljöekonom och landskapsarkitekt.

SLU har drygt 3000 medarbetare, 5000 studenter och forskarstuderande och en omsättning på över tre miljarder kronor. Universitetet satsar på attraktiva miljöer på sina campusområden i Alnarp, Umeå och Uppsala.

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SLU eftersträvar mångfald och jämn könsfördelning.

Contact person

Rickard Ignell

Head of department/Prefekt

+46 40-41 53 11

rickard.ignell@slu.se

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Post expires on Thursday April 30th, 2020

Two Postdoc positions in modelling plant-environment and soil-plant interactions

Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-1049

Department of Crop Production Ecology

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 and forest 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, aiming at sustainable agriculture, forest production and biological conservation. Furthermore, the location in Uppsala allows opportunities for collaborations with researchers at Uppsala University, Stockholm University, and KTH.

Societies need to achieve food security and obtain biomass from managed ecosystems while minimizing the negative environmental and climate impacts. Identifying management solutions 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. Mathematical models based on ecological and physiological mechanisms allow exploring future climatic conditions and how they can affect crops and forests. In combination with extensive available data, these models can thus offer insights on climate change adaptation strategies.

Position 1 will be part of the project “Innovative modelling approaches for the identification of boreal forest management strategies under a changing climate” – involving the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Natural Resources Institute (LUKE) in Finland. Boreal forests are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet and increasingly prone to drought and heat stress. Exploiting mathematical models jointly with multi-scale data, the project aims at identifying the key mechanisms behind boreal forest response to climate change; and to evaluate management solutions to prepare boreal forests and forestry for future climates.

Position 2 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) and The Land Institute and the University of Kansas in the USA. 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, mediated by crop traits as well as climatic and soil conditions. The aim of the project is to explore such tradeoffs using mathematical models.

Duties:

The postdoctoral researchers will develop, evaluate, and apply mechanistic models and stochastic methods for the assessment of the interactions between plants, soils and the environment in managed ecosystems. While there is some flexibility in the research tasks and approaches, 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 fellows are expected to take active part to develop the projects and to write and publish science in collaboration with the research team. The successful candidates will enter  world leading, international research teams working with both crops and forest systems, with an outstanding publication record and extensive empirical and theoretical expertise  (https://giuliavico.wordpress.com, https://www.luke.fi/en/personnel/samuli-launiainen/, https://landinstitute.org/about-us/staff/tim-crews/, https://geog.ku.edu/nathaniel-brunsell). This is a great opportunity to further your modelling skills, develop your research network, and gain experience in proposal writing.

Qualifications:

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are actively pursuing an academic career, with an interest in the development and use of process-based models to describe plant-environment interactions and/or soil-plant interactions. Applicants should have a PhD in quantitative disciplines, such as plant biology, ecology, hydrology, earth and environmental sciences, soil sciences, agronomy, applied mathematics or physics, or related fields. Previous experience in model development (i.e., beyond the use of existing models) is required. The applicants 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. The applicants are expected to have documented research experience with models coupling plants, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystems, and environmental conditions. Strong quantitative and programming skills (in MatLab, R, Python, C, Mathematica, Fortran, or other programming languages for data analysis and model implementation) are required. For position 1, experience in analyzing spatial data and modelling spatial patterns of vegetation response to pedoclimatic conditions at the hillslope to landscape scale is a merit.

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden

Form of employment:

Two year

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

By agreement

Application:

We welcome your application no later than May 12th, 2020. Please use the application button below. Applications received via email will not be considered.

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

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

Giulia Vico

Associate Professor

giulia.vico@slu.se

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Post expires on Tuesday May 12th, 2020

Postdoc position in Plant host-microbiome interactions

Ref SLU.ua.2020.2.5.1-1141

Department of Plant Breeding

SLU Department of Plant Breeding performs research and education addressing global challenges affecting our livelihoods and the environment. The Plant breeding division works on putting traits into usable forms by understanding their diversity, genetics and their interaction with surrounding environment with the aid of conventional and advanced breeding tools. We apply this knowledge for the genetic betterment of cultivars of economically important crops.

Duties:

The reciprocal nature of the interactions between the plant and its microbial community is poorly understood. You will investigate mechanisms for plant-microbiome and microbe-microbe interactions in plant-associated microbial communities with reference to different cultivars, biotic and abiotic stresses. You will study the important host plant traits needed to recruit beneficial microbes for improved plant health, nutrient uptake and yield, primarily for the domesticated Malus and Brassica species. You will thus have the unique opportunity to be involved in a project in close collaboration with plant breeders and plant pathologists and thus gain first-hand experience of benefits and limitations of microbiome-assisted horticulture. You will have the possibility to develop new connections with many researchers and stakeholders through various seminars and events organized by SLU.

Qualifications:

The applicant must have a PhD degree in a research area such as microbiome, plant-microbiome interactions, plant breeding, bioinformatics or the like. The position is primarily intended for a junior researcher with a recent PhD degree. You should have the ability to work independently as well as in a team. You should have contributed to research through publications in peer reviewed international journals. Prior experience with bioinformatics skills and microbiome studies is a merit. You should be motivated, highly interested in microbiome and plant breeding and have excellent English language skills (both oral and written).

Place of work:

Alnarp

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 2 years (postdoc agreement)

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement. 

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-04-30, use the button below.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen, we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph.

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

Ramesh Vetukuri

Associate professor/Docent

+46 (0)40 41 53 40, +46 (0)73 926 23 63

firstname.surname@slu.se

Kimmo Rumpunen

Researcher

+46 (0)44 26 58 33, +46 (0)70 957 68 68

firstname.surname@slu.se

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Post expires on Thursday April 30th, 2020

Licentiate position on climate-fire interactions

Ref SLU.ua.2020.2.5.1-1247

Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

SLU is one of the world’s top ten universities in biodiversity conservation and soil science, and is ranked #1 in forestry (CWUR). At our centre we carry out research, teaching and dissemination of scientific findings with direct application to the sustainable management of forests. We are a multidisciplinary institution, with global relevance and specialized expertise on issues related to dynamic forest landscapes. We closely collaborate with multiple stakeholders and conduct applied research in forest ecology, silviculture, pathology, policy and planning. We teach bachelor, master’s and PhD level courses addressing all of these subject areas.

Licentiate position on climate-fire interactions

Description:

Fire is an important natural driver of forest dynamics, which presents tangible economic and human risks for modern societies. Future climate may entail to higher frequency of strong droughts, leading to increased regional fire hazard. Understanding environmental, first of all – climatological, controls of forest fires should help mitigate fire-related risks. Predictability of periods with increased fire activity and association of such periods with the states of atmospheric and ocean circulation are of critical importance in this context.

The project will analyze climate-fire and ocean-fire linkages for the boreal and mixewood forests of the continental Europe using an array of modern and historical fire and climate datasets. The project will rely heavily on downscaled scenarios from the latest generation of climate models and the use of novel statistical routines for the analysis of climate data. The project is an initiative jointly supported by Swedish Agricultural University (SLU) and Coventry University (CU) and done in close cooperation with Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SHMI).

Qualifications:

We look for a candidate with background in climate science, good knowledge of relevant statistical methods, and with some knowledge of forest ecology. An ideal candidate should have strong scientific programming skills (in R, Python or similar) and experience of handling large datasets. We expect that the candidate possesses solid writing skills and the ability to structure complex research questions into a set of manageable tasks. Knowledge of dendrochronological work, remote data processing, and GIS technologies are all assets. The candidate should exhibit a strong work morale and be able to do efficient multi-tasking in an agile international team of researchers from project home universities and beyond. The candidate should be physically fit as a limited amount of fieldwork in physically demanding but aesthetically superior environments is expected within the frame of this project. 

Place of work:

Alnarp

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment (2 years) with possibilty to extend the project for 2 more years

Starting date:

2020-05-01 or according to agreement

Application:

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

Igor Drobyshev

+ 46 72 241 61 96

igor.drobyshev@slu.se

Jonathan Eden

jonathan.eden@coventry.ac.uk

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Post expires on Friday April 10th, 2020

Post doctoral position in silviculture of mixed forest

Ref SLU.ua.2019.2.5.1-5141

Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

SLU is one of the world’s highest ranked universities in several subject areas and is ranked #1 in forestry (CWUR). At our centre we carry out research, teaching and dissemination of scientific findings with direct application to the sustainable management of forests. We are a multidisciplinary institution, with global relevance but specialized expertise on issues related to the dynamic forest landscapes of southern Sweden. We closely collaborate with multiple stakeholders and conduct applied research in silviculture, forest ecology, pathology, policy and planning. We teach bachelor, Masters and PhD level courses addressing all of these subject areas.

Duties:

In the 2-year project the postdoctor will primarily be working with analysis of forest experiments designed for evaluation of growth and yield in mixed forest. In addition, growth models for mixed species stands will be validated and development of mixtures will be studied in simulations on stand- and landscape level. The project is a collaboration between Finnish and Swedish researchers and aims to expand the knowledge in silviculture of mixed forest under Fennoscandinavian conditions. The main objectives with the joint research project is to improve our understanding of dynamics and management alternatives of mixed forests and to bring this understanding into practice with the help of advanced decision support tools. 

Qualifications:

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is preferably within 3 years of the application date (parental leave disclosed from the accounted time period). The PhD degree should be in silviculture or related forest sciences, biostatistics or a related discipline but with main focus on understanding tree and stand growth and development. Other required qualifications are 1) proven research productivity with publications in the peer-reviewed literature, 2) experience of forestry analytics, using preferably R programming language and/or GIS softwares, 3) good communications skills with fluency in written English. Proven experience in working with forest decision systems, such as Heureka or Motti, is a merit.

The application must contain: a summary of the research experience, expectation on the position and future plans (max 1 page), CV and contact information to two reference persons.

Place of work:

Alnarp

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

1 April 2020 or according to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-01-31, 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

Emma Holmström

+46 (0)40-415114

firstname.surname@slu.se

Vilis Brukas

Head of Department

+46 (0)40-415198

firstname.surname@slu.se

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Post expires on Thursday January 1st, 1970