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PhD student position in Agricultural Economics

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Are you looking for an exciting PhD position in agricultural economics? Would you like to work in a dynamic research group with several ongoing disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations? Are you highly motivated to undertake PhD training?

The Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) invites applications for a PhD student to join its research group “Agricultural and Food Economics”. This position is linked to a research theme with a focus on agriculture and transition towards food preparedness and sustainability.

Read more about our benefits and what it’s like to work at SLU https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/

Title for the position: PhD student position in Agricultural Economics
Research subject: Economics

Content

Access to food is a basic human right. But our food systems are vulnerable to disruption, something underlined by recent events such as the 2018 drought in northern Europe, the Covid-19 pandemic and most recently Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This has increased our awareness of the importance of improved preparedness in terms of food access and food production. At the same time, food systems are not sustainable. They need to be developed to become environmentally, socially and economically sustainable on a global as well as national and regional level. This doctoral project is founded in these two development needs – improved preparedness and the need to change to more sustainable food systems and is part of an interdisciplinary research project where we investigate these development needs.

As a PhD student in economics, you are expected to carry out supervised research leading to a PhD thesis as well as taking PhD courses to the equivalent of 90 credits. 

The position will be placed within the research group Agricultural and Food Economics at the Department of Economics, SLU. In this group, the successful candidate will be offered a stimulating context with colleagues who focus on various aspects of agricultural and food economics, including production economics, consumer economics, agricultural and food policy, and trade. The topics of interest add to the literature in agricultural economics and related fields. We have vivid disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary collaborations, for instance with researchers in crop production, technology, animal health and veterinary epidemiology. The group currently consists of about 20 staff-members, including several PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, senior researchers, research assistants, a senior lecturer and a professor.

Qualifications

Basic eligibility for third cycle education in Economics. The successful applicant is expected to possess basic knowledge related to research methods in Agricultural and Food Economics or in other related fields. The position requires very good communication skills in English. The successful applicant should be strongly motivated to work with tasks outlined above, she/he is expected to work to establish own initiatives to move the PhD project forward and to work well in a research team. Advanced knowledge related to econometric analyses and knowledge about the food system will be considered of merit, as will an interest in behavioral approaches in economics research. Personal merits will play a significant role in the recruitment process.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment

Employment as a PhD student, 4 years of education

Start date:

According to the agreement.

Application

Welcome with your application via the application button no later than 28/02/2023.

In order to be eligible for education at postgraduate level, a degree at advanced level or at least four years of full-time studies, of which at least one year at advanced level, is required.

Selection among the eligible applicants is based on: written application including curriculum vitae; thesis, copies of diplomas and register extracts from previous studies at undergraduate and advanced level at university or college, two personal references, knowledge of English. More information about requirements for English skills can be found on the following page:

https://www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/new-doctoral-students/english-language-requirements/www.slu.se/utbildning/program-kurser/forskarutbildning/nya-doktorander-sokes/krav-pa-engelskakunskaper/

Please note that the applicant(s) who are called to an interview must submit notarized copies of diplomas and register extracts from previous studies at undergraduate and advanced level at a university or college, and that applicants who have foreign citizenship must also submit a notarized copy of the page in the passport that contains the photo and personal information.

Read more about SLU’s postgraduate education at https://www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/

Union representatives:

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


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Pia Nilsson

Universitetslektor

pia.a.nilsson@slu.se

Helena Hansson

Professor

+46-18-671714

Helena.Hansson@slu.se

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Post expires on Tuesday February 28th, 2023

Postdoctoral position on Small-RNAs role in Plant-microbe interactions

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Department of Plant Breeding

SLU Department of Plant Breeding performs research and education addressing global challenges affecting our livelihoods and the environment. Within the plant breeding division, much of the work is focused on mapping the diversity, genetics and effects of interactions between genotype and environment, for different characteristics of plants. The acquired knowledge is then used to use conventional and new plant breeding methods to produce appropriate varieties in economically important plant species.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/

Duties:

The role of small RNAs in plant-microbe interactions is poorly understood. As a post doc researcher, you will investigate plant-microbe interactions with reference to small RNA in filamentous pathogen interactions with different host plants. You will study the cross-kingdom transport of small RNAs between plant and filamentous pathogens. You will thus have the unique opportunity to be involved in a project in close collaboration with RNA biologists and plant pathologists. You will have the possibility to network with number of researchers from different domains and stakeholders through various seminars and events organized by SLU.

Qualifications:

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.

  • Research focus on small RNAs, plant- microbe interactions, bioinformatics or similar.
  • Highly motivated and interested in small RNA trafficking and plant- microbe interactions
  • Documented contribution to research through publications in peer reviewed international journals
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Excellent English language skills (both oral and written).

It is considered a merit if you have prior experience with small RNA studies, omics including proteomics, confocal microscopy and bioinformatics.

Place of work:

Alnarp

Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement. 

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2023-02-28, 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) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Ramesh Vetukuri

Associate Professor/Docent

+46-732047785

ramesh.vetukuri@slu.se

Anders Carlsson

Head of department

+46 (0)40-41 55 61

anders.carlsson@slu.se

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Post expires on Tuesday February 28th, 2023

Postdoctoral researcher position in ecology: Agrobiodiversity and pest control resilience

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Department of Ecology

Department of Ecology at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher in ecology.

The Department of Ecology has eight research units: environmental ecology/soil ecology, landscape ecology, agricultural entomology, conservation biology, insect ecology, wildlife ecology, systems ecology and forest entomology.

The position is based at the unit for agricultural entomology where you will join a research group working with biodiversity and plant protection. SLU is one of the largest Nordic centers for ecological research offering a dynamic research environment with modern infrastructure. You will have access to a broad professional network in Sweden and abroad and will have opportunities for career development.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/

Duties:

We are searching for a postdoctoral researcher to study the links between agricultural management, landscape heterogeneity, agrobiodiversity and resilience. Specifically, the project will address resilience of biological pest control services against agricultural disturbances and against climate change. The postdoc will enter a strong, international research environment addressing topical basic as well as applied ecological research questions. The project includes close collaboration with researchers at SLU, University of Giessen, Germany, University of Verona, Italy, University of Insbruck, Austria and Vilnius University, Lithuania.

The postdoc will study how landuse at different scales determines community structure of invertebrate predators, and how this in turn affects the resilience of pest control services in agricultural fields. The postdoc will lead the Swedish part of a landscape-scale field study across a north-south European gradient, will conduct lab experiments in controlled climate chambers, and will participate in stakeholder workshops. Already existing data is also available. The postdoc is expected to take an active part in developing the project and designing experiments, to independently coordinate the empirical work and analyze the collected data, and to write scientific publications in collaboration with the research team. Assisting with supervision of students, engagement in lab activities and communication with stakeholders is also expected.

Qualifications:

Postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers. We anticipate that this position is attractive for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most (excluded maternal/paternal and sick leave). The applicant should have a PhD in ecology, or equivalent. The candidate should have documented skills in scientific writing. Documented expertise in statistical analyses (e.g., GLMM’s) and excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral) are also required. Experience in community ecology/food-web ecology, landscape ecology and insect ecology is meriting, as is experience of ecological field and lab work.

Place of work:

Uppsala.

Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.

Extent:

100%.

Starting date:

According to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 15th of February 2023, 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) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Mattias Jonsson

Forskare

+4618672450

mattias.jonsson@slu.se

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Post expires on Wednesday February 15th, 2023

Researcher in biochemistry and cell biology

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Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry

The Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry (https://www.slu.se/en/departments/anatomy-physiology-biochemistry/) is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and is responsible for both undergraduate and postgraduate education, and conduct research in the subjects of anatomy and histology, physiology and biochemistry. The department has a major educational responsibility for the veterinary and animal nursing programs but also other bachelor’s and master’s programs. The teaching and research areas ranges from molecular and cellular mechanisms to the structure and function of entire animals. At the biochemistry section, our research mainly focuses on protein biochemistry in relation to cancer, nucleotide metabolism and biomaterials (spider silk). The biochemical laboratory is equipped with instruments for the production, purification and characterization of recombinant proteins. Furthermore, there is a cell culture laboratory and equipment for mechanical characterization of materials. The department is located in Uppsala.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/

Duties:

To conduct high-quality research and teaching in biochemistry and cell biology. The employment initially consists of 50/50 in research/teaching, but in the long term the time for research is affected by external funding. The teaching takes place in the form of lectures, group work, laboratories, and supervision of bachelor and master degree projects. The work may also include other duties contributing to the development of the department’s, faculty’s and university’s activities.

Qualifications:

The applicant must have a university degree relevant to the job and have a doctorate degree in biochemistry, biomedicine, medicine, biotechnology, molecular biology, structural biology or cell biology. Experience in recombinant protein production and purification, as well as characterization of recombinant proteins using commonly used biochemical and biophysical methods is advantageous. The applicant must be fluent in both spoken and written English. For non-Swedish speaking applicants using Swedish as a working language is expected within two years. The applicant must have good ability to work together with students, teachers, researchers and other university staff. References may be requested. It is advantageous to have experience in teaching at university level and great importance will be placed on the applicant’s scientific publication in areas that are relevant to existing biochemical research at the department, as well as on the applicant’s research plan.The position is offered to the person who, after a qualitative overall assessment, is considered to have the best conditions to carry out and develop current tasks and contribute to a positive development of the department.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Permanent employment. SLU may apply probationary employment.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement.

Application:

Your application must contain CV, merit documents including degree certificate, a research program of a maximum of three A4 pages (including references), complete publication list with the five most important works marked and a personal letter of a maximum of one A4 page.

We welcome your application no later than 2023-02-20, 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) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Anna Jansson

Professor

018-672106

fornamn.efternamn@slu.se

Anna Rising

Professor

070-9744888

fornamn.efternamn@slu.se

Liya Wang

Universitetslektor

018-672820

fornamn.efternamn@slu.se

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Post expires on Monday February 20th, 2023

Postdoc in Environmental Chemistry

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Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment (www.slu.se/aquatic-sciences) is working with applied environmental science, with a national responsibility for assessing the condition of Swedish surface waters with respect to water chemistry, pollution and aquatic biota. The department has some 130 employees. The research focuses on geochemical and hydrological processes, aquatic ecology and biodiversity, as well as on environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology. The department is part of a Soil-Water-Environment cluster, a competence centre for landscape-level processes that also includes the Departments of ‘Soil and Environment’ and ‘Energy and Technology’. The breadth of expertise among the 300 members in combination with a well-equipped infrastructure creates a unique platform for high quality research as well as environmental monitoring and assessment.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/

Duties:

We are seeking for a postdoc, who will work on development and evaluation of innovative treatment processes for removing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. The specific objectives are to i) evaluate alternative innovative pretreatment processes, ii) assess innovative treatment trains to meet new strict drinking water regulations, and iii) use alternative methods to treat contaminated process water for safe release or reuse. The tasks will also include sampling, extraction of environmental samples, processing of large data sets, data analysis, statistical evaluation and writing of peer-reviewed scientific publications. The treatment train will include nanofiltration, foam fractionation, electrochemical oxidation, anion exchange and biofilters. The research is carried out in collaboration with drinking water producers as well as engineers and toxicologists.  The postdoc will also take responsibility for project management as well as leading and organizing meetings within the project SIDWater (funded by Formas).

Qualifications:

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, or equivalent. 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. Specialisation towards chemical engineering of treatment methods and experience with chemical analyses methods using LC-MS/MS are valuable merits. Data processing skills using statistical computing and graphics, e.g. R, MATLAB, etc., are of merits too. Emphasis is also placed on personal characteristics such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, engineering, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently. Proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

2023-05-02 or according to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2023-03-12, use the button below.

The application should be written in English. The following documents should be included: (1) CV including a publication list, (2) PhD diploma, (3) a description of previous research, other activities of relevance for the position, and a description of specific research interests (maximum three pages), and (4) names and addresses of at least one person able to provide references for the candidate.

Academic union representatives:

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


The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Lutz Ahrens

Senior Lecturer

+46-18-673033

lutz.ahrens@slu.se

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Post expires on Sunday March 12th, 2023

PhD position in management of fast growing broadleaves and their role in bio-economy

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We are accepting applications for a four-year PhD position at Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre. The project works in close collaboration with Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), forest stakeholders and Center of Excellence (TREES FOR ME).

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 have a multidisciplinary profile, with global relevance and specialized expertise on forests and forestry as complex socio-ecological systems. 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.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/

Selection of poplar genotypes for climate change adaptation

Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated person to conduct research on management of fast growing broadleaf trees species i.e. poplars and hybrid aspen. The successful candidate will as part of a PhD position conduct research to on methodology of identifying high performing poplar genotypes, identify site adapted planting material and investigate how climate change can influence biomass production at regional and national level. This increased understanding is critical to adapt to a future climate to ensure sustainable future biomass supply to the bio-economy.

For this research, we will use existing data that will be complemented with high-through-put plant phenotyping and establishment of new field experiments. In the project there is a great possibility to include your own ideas and thoughts to the project. The work will consist of both outdoor fieldwork and laboratory work. The selected candidate will join a creative research environment with international colleagues.

Qualifications:

As doctoral appointments are career-developing positions, we are looking for candidates with a master degree. The candidate, we are seeking for is a highly motivated person with a master degree in, genetics, plant biotechnology, biomass production, silviculture, forest science, forest management, biology, biostatistics, forest restoration or equivalent, with ideally a focus on genetics, plant physiology, biomass production systems, growth modeling, climate effect on plant growth and plant physiology. Applicants should also have:

  • Excellent verbal and written English
  • Knowledge in data analysis and modelling using R, or similar programs
  • Ability to contribute to a positive environment in an inclusive and diverse team
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Taking pride in original and high-quality work
  • Experience or an interest in novel technologies
  • Works well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Have strategic and creative mindset
  • Driver’s license and willingness to perform fieldwork
  • Willingness to participate in mentoring undergraduate research

We offer you: 

  • A stimulating work environment
  • Possibility to join a research team
  • Possibility to contribute with your skills and personality.
  • Warried work tasks and great freedom to develop your own ideas together with colleagues.
  • Participation in national and international scientific conferences and meetings
  • Collaboration with end-users in government and industry
  • Mentorship and support in an expanding research team
  • Opportunity to contribute novel and original insights to forest management in the face of global change
  • Possibility to publish in top ranked journals.

Place of work:

Alnarp

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment (4 years)

Starting date:

According to agreement. 

Application:

Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2023-02-15.

To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master’s) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here: www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/new-doctoral-students/english-language-requirements/

Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport’s information page containing their photograph and personal details.

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) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

www.slu.se

Contact person

Henrik Böhlenius

Associate Professor

+4640415178

Henrik.Böhlenius@slu.se

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Post expires on Wednesday February 15th, 2023