Tag-arkiv: SLU

Postdoc – developing novel breeding tools for timothy (Phleum pretense)

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-3642

Department of Plant Biology

A position as postdoc is available at the Department of Plant Biology, at SLU, Uppsala. The department has about 90 employees and is active within research areas focused on plant development, diversity and defence (www.slu.se/en/departments/plant-biology-forest-genetics). The Department belongs to the Uppsala BioCenter (www.bioc.slu.se), an excellent scientific environment combining competence in plant biology, forest mycology and pathology, microbiology, food science, chemistry and biotechnology. It also offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, including modern plant growth facilities as well as equipment for bioimaging and molecular biology. The department is also a member of the Linnean Centre for Plant Biology in Uppsala (www.lcpu.se), a platform for interactions between plant scientists at SLU and Uppsala University. Uppsala is host to a SciLifeLab node (www.scilifelab.se) that offers national platforms for genomics, proteomics and microscopy.

Duties:

A post-doctoral position is available in in a newly funded project aimed at developing novel breeding tools for timothy (Phleum pretense). The work involves generating and curating genomic resources for timothy, including de novogenome sequencing and annotation.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have a PhD in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics or related fields and a genuine interest to carry out genomics work on non-model organisms. Applicants should have excellent bioinformatics skills related to large genomic datasets and experiences working with genome assembly and annotation is highly desirable. Familiarity with population and comparative genomics and bench skills associated with DNA and RNA extraction and library preparations are considered a merit.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as creativity, motivation and drive. Good knowledge of English in both speech and writing is a prerequisite. Candidates should also have an ability to conduct independent research, take initiative, ask pertinent scientific questions, and interact with other scientists.

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months with possibility for extension.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-10-31

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

Pär Ingvarsson

Professor

Par.Ingvarsson@slu.se

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Post expires on Thursday October 31st, 2019

Postdoc – Finger on the pulse of Nordic nature: a socio-techno-political investigation of national biological recording platforms

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-3721

The Department of Ecology combines research in basic ecology with applied research in nature conservation, wildlife management, forestry and crop protection. Environmental monitoring is a key responsibility and research area of the wider University (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), and this includes the capturing of biological records through Artportalen – Sweden’s ‘finger on the pulse of nature’. Environmental citizen science is an area SLU is currently expanding and investing in, and the current post is part of this development.

Project description:

Modern-day technology allows for the gathering of unprecedented volumes of biological records, by both skilled field naturalists and lay citizen scientists, shaping our understanding of species distribution and abundance worldwide. Many countries have developed national digital infrastructures to accumulate this wealth of biological records in standardised formats. Those systems fulfil numerous functions, which include encouraging public engagement with nature and providing data to assist in land management, conservation and policy-making and inform planning and development schemes. However, developing and maintaining such digital systems is difficult and resource demanding, but together with managing relationships with recorders likely to determine the biological recording capacity of a nation.

This project will investigate key but poorly understood aspects of national biological record systems, including their arrival, workings and evolution; underlying drivers and aspirations; network of actors and their understanding of respective systems, possibilities and potential struggles; and the relationship to other (e.g. international) biodiversity information facilities. Thus, the research aims to make ‘visible the invisible’, i.e. what it takes to develop and maintain such national reporting systems, how decisions are taken and why. The research will bring urgently needed insights to the rapidly expanding field of environmental citizen science, which is increasing reliant on complex and inter-connected reporting systems and takes those largely for granted.

Expectations:

The Postdoctoral scientist will take the lead on a socio-political investigation of the relatively young national biodiversity reporting systems of Nordic nations, including Artportalen (Sweden), Artsdatabanken (Norway) and the FinBIF (Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility), their interrelationships, and connections to international initiatives such as Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The work will benefit from and contribute to ARCS (https://medborgarforskning.se/), a developing initiative for citizen science in Sweden, and associated activities. The successful candidate will mainly be working – with Professor of Environmental Citizen Science, René van der Wal and others – at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. However, flexibility is expected when it comes to travelling to collaborating research groups and focal environments of study nationally and internationally. This includes working with citizen science expert Dick Kasperowski and his group at the University of Göteborg.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated applicant who holds a PhD degree in the social sciences, political science, humanities or other relevant interdisciplinary field of research (e.g. science and technology studies, human-computer-interaction studies), and is familiar with ‘biological recording’ through formal study (degree in e.g. ecology, forestry, conservation) or own pursuit (e.g. bird recording). Experience with interviewing, qualitative data analysis and ability to conceptualise are required, as are good communication (written and spoken) in English. Being able to speak and read a Scandinavian language is an advantage. Good interpersonal skills, creativity, good teamwork, independence, strong work ethic and cultural sensitivity are valued. Selection of qualified applicants will be based on the written application (in English) including a curriculum vitae and personal references; selected candidates will be subject to an interview. Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded their PhD degree no more than three years before the application deadline. The application should be prepared in English and include a description (up to one A4) why you apply for the project. Please include the names and contact details of three referees in your application.

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden

Type of Employment:

Fixed term employment of 24 months.

Percentage of Employment:

100%

Starting Date:

By agreement, the position is immediately available.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-10-22.

For more information:

René van der Wal (Rene.van.der.wal@slu.se)

https://www.slu.se/en/ew-news/2019/4/rene-will-further-citizen-science-at-slu/

Dick Kasperowski (dick.kasperowski@theorysc.gu.se)

https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/staff/?languageId=100001&userId=xkasdi


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

Rene van der Wal

Professor of Environmental Citizen Science

+46018672357

rene.van.der.wal@slu.se

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply

Post expires on Tuesday October 22nd, 2019