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Postdoctoral position Feeding live insect larvae to laying hens

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-2832

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

The Department offers an inspiring research environment where we carry out basic and applied research on chemical nutrient composition, animal metabolism, housing and management. The goal is to create a sustainable and profitable production with good animal care that provides high quality food. The Department works with farm species as well as sport and pet animals. The research is often interdisciplinary and carried out in co-operation with other Departments, both in Sweden and abroad. Research in sustainable livestock systems in the tropics is also an important part of the activities at the Department. Within the poultry research area, our goal is to develop knowledge in the area of nutrition, housing and management of meat-type chickens and laying hens.

Project: “Feeding live insect larvae to laying hens – environmental enrichment and replacement of imported proteins in the diet”

The aim of this project is to investigate the use of live soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) as a novel and biologically relevant environmental enrichment to promote foraging behaviours and reduce feather pecking in laying hens. A secondary aim, is to utilize fly larvae, grown in Sweden using local organic blue mussel by-products, as an alternative feed source for poultry. The project is funded by The Swedish Research Council FORMAS. The postdoc will be supported by a multidisciplinary research team at SLU working with poultry management, behaviour, welfare and nutrition and a group working with insect production from food waste. External collaborators to this project include Prof. Bas Rodenburg from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and Prof. Frank Tuyttens from the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO, Belgium).

Duties:

The postdoc will be responsible to plan, coordinate, collect data and publish the results from the project. In addition, the postdoc is expected to supervise bachelor and MSc students working on the project. The first part of the project aims at developing a system to feed live soldier fly larvae to laying hens, to ensure that the nutritional requirements for egg production are met and to develop methods to provide the live larvae in a way that acts as an environmental enrichment. The last part of the project aims to investigate the effects of feeding live larvae as environmental enrichment vs conventional feeding on foraging behaviour, resource utilization, egg production and egg characteristics, stress responses and feather pecking in laying hens. The postdoc will be supported by an international and interdisciplinary team with expertise in poultry nutrition, management and welfare, insect production and using insects as a feed source for animals.

Qualifications:

The candidate should hold a PhD in animal science, veterinary medicine or biology in the field of animal nutrition and/or animal behaviour, or equivalent. The candidate should have obtained the PhD degree within the last 3 years. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to coordinate research projects independently and have the ability to collaborate with a large multidisciplinary group. Previous experience of designing, conducting and analysing experiments on animals is essential. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential for this position. A strong publication record (in relation to the time since dissertation) in quality peer reviewed journals is a merit. Experience working with both, poultry nutrition and poultry behaviour will be considered as an advantage.

Requirements: Valid driver licence.

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden

Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 24 months.

Extent:

100%

There will be work outside regular office hours during intensive experimental work, when required by the experiment.

Starting date:

November 2019 or according to agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-02, to apply use the button below.

Applications must be written in English and contain
1) Summary of research experience indicating the fulfilment of qualifications required for the position as well as future plans (max 6000 characters including spaces)
2) Curriculum Vitae including complete publication list clearly indicating peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications and
3) contact information for two reference persons.

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.

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SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Carlos E. Hernandez

Researcher

carlos.hernandez@slu.se

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Post expires on Monday September 2nd, 2019

PhD position in Environmental Communication

Ref SLU.ua.2019.2.5.1-2633

The Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU offers a strong social science research environment in the subjects of environmental communication, rural development, landscape architecture and agrarian history. We are now recruiting a PhD candidate in the Division of Environmental Communication, where we investigate the communicative aspects of environmental and sustainability issues. We consider communication as the joint construction of meaning rather than as the transmission of information, and conduct primarily qualitative social science research concerned with themes such as legitimacy, participation, power, resistance, conflict and learning in decision making and change processes from a communication perspective. Our research spans a wide range of contexts such as nature conservation, forestry, food production, climate change, game management, mining and the built environment.

Communication, representation and disagreement: Investigating the interactions between (environmental) NGOs and their constituencies in late modernity

Description:

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are commonly seen as the voice of their members, and as representing the views of their constituencies. This project focuses on environmental NGOs in the wider sense, that is, NGOs concerned with issues of nature conservation, land management such as hunting or farming, or sustainability questions, and asks how NGOs communicate with their constituencies, including both members and non-members.

We start from the assumption that such communication can be explicit (e.g., through membership magazines) and implicit (e.g., taking cues from decreasing or increasing membership numbers, donations or ‘likes’), and involves multiple voices both on the side of the NGOs and the side of the constituencies. Communication is both instrumental (e.g., with the aim to educate members on an environmental issue) and constitutive, i.e., creating discourses and different ways of making sense of environmental issues and the political contexts they are embedded in.

In a society which strives for deliberative democracy and involves stakeholders in participatory decision making, an important question is how interests, values and ideologies are developed in communication processes within and between civil society organisations. New forms of communication, e.g., through social media, emerge which might shape the character and content of discursive interactions, connected also to the ways in which NGOs influence and are influenced by processes of identity formation in late modernity.

The PhD project aims to critically and creatively investigate such communication practices, in particular, in relation to their role in terms of (political) representation and identity formation. Within this framework, there will be a lot of flexibility for the PhD student to shape the research in discussion with the supervisory team. Supervisors will include Professor Anke Fischer and Dr Lars Hallgren. 

The PhD project will be funded by SLU and benefit from a vibrant and collegial research environment, including the recently funded Mistra programme in environmental communication.

Qualifications:

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and creative candidate with a Masters degree and a strong background in a relevant social science (such as sociology, political sciences or environmental communication), as well as experience in theoretically grounded, qualitative empirical research. Swedish language skills are an essential requirement as at least some of the empirical work will take place in Sweden, but we also expect the candidate to be strong in both written and spoken English. Experience with Swedish environmental or land-use related NGOs would be an asset.

Place of work:

Uppsala, with occasional travel e.g., for fieldwork and conferences

Form of employment:

PhD candidate (4 years)

Starting date:

By agreement.

Application:

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.

We welcome your application no later than 2019-08-25, use the button below.

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

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.

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SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Anke Fischer

anke.fischer@slu.se

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Post expires on Sunday August 25th, 2019

Postdoc in forest modeling – from ecology to improved silviculture

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-2478

Department of Forest Ecology and Management

The job:

Forest management is currently under pressure to adapt to a changing climate at the same time as demands for both wood production and other ecosystem services are increasing. To face these challenges we need science and tools to understand and quantify future risks and opportunities –we need predictive models. Data will be available from experiments, field measurements, remote sensing, and laser scans but they can only help us predict the future if they are combined with the right type of model. To address future novel conditions the model must be based on universal ecological mechanisms rather than extrapolation of historical data. This will help us not only to make robust predictions but also to understand the underlying reasons of forests changes. This modeling work is a central component of the project “Science for enhanced forest productivity” funded by the K. and A. Wallenberg Foundation. A large team of researchers with support from the forest industry are addressing key questions for the future: How should tree species combinations and forest structure be adapted under future climate? How can precision management maximize tree survival and growth? What are the consequences of alternative management strategies for carbon sequestration and biodiversity?

The position will be based in SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Science) in Umeå, which is a large forest research center in Sweden and also has close connections to Umeå University. The department includes 90 people of which 12 are professors. In addition, you will have the opportunity to spend part of the time with the main supervisor Oskar Franklin at IIASA in Austria, which is a leading institute for global change research and systems modeling.

Duties and qualifications:

You will become part of a cross-disciplinary team with both modelers and experimentalists, which requires good communications skills in English. There is some flexibility in the research tasks and approaches, but it is advantageous to have experience in model development and data analysis. Knowledge and interest in forest ecology and forestry science is also useful. Your must have received your PhD not more than five years ago. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!  

Place of work:

Umeå

Form of employment:

Temporary employment

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-15, use the button below.

Applicants should also submit the following three documents: 1) Cover letter demonstrating the applicant’s motivation and interest in the topic, and optionally, preliminary ideas for the research to be carried out (max 2 pages) 2) C.V., including the list of your published work, and names and contact information for two 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

Oskar Franklin

franklin@iiasa.ac.at

Tomas Lundmark

firstname.surname@slu.se

Torgny Näsholm

firstname.surname@slu.se

Michael Gundale

firstname.surname@slu.se

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Post expires on Sunday September 15th, 2019

Researcher in hydrometallurgy for sustainable recycling of metals

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-2944

Department of Molecular Sciences

Department of Molecular Sciences

A one-year junior researcher position with possibility for prolongation  is available at the Department of Molecular Sciences at SLU, Uppsala for development of sustainable hydrometallurgical approaches for recycling of metals from electric and electronic materials, with focus on separation of light transition elements from rare earth elements.

The Department involves currently approximately 110 employees and together with two other Departments is offering an inspiring research atmosphere at the BioCenter in Uppsala. It provides an excellent research environment with expertise in advanced chemistry and life sciences with a high quality infrastructure, consisting of advanced microscopy and chemical analysis facilities, X-ray and NMR instrumentation etc. The Department conducts research, teaching and environmental monitoring in the field of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, natural product chemistry, food science and microbiology. Visit us at https://www.slu.se/institutions/molekylara-vetenskaper/

Duties:

The researcher will be involved in the ERA-MIN project MetRecycle, devoted to development of sustainable recycling approaches to electric and electronic materials. The work will involve development of techniques for chemical leaching of target metals and for handling and treatment of complex solutions containing both mixture of target metals and undesired elements. The researcher will synthesize hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructured adsorbents with specific affinity to target elements with subsequent implementation of developed techniques on a lab scale and developing flow sheets for future larger scale production.

Qualifications:

The applicant should have PhD in chemistry or geology awarded within the last 5 years. Experience with developing methodology for uptake, separation and purification of rare earth elements or transition elements is a merit as well as good knowledge of electron microscopy, spectrophotometric analysis and statistical data treatment.

A strong publication record (in relation to the time since dissertation) is a merit. The application must contain: i) a summary of the research experience, expectation on the position and future plans (max 1 page), ii) CV and iii) names of two reference persons.

Place of work:

Ultuna, Uppsala, Sweden.

Form of employment:

Time-limited employment 1 year at SLU with possibility for prolongation.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

15 of September 2019 or upon agreement.

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-01, 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

Gulaim Seisenbaeva

Assoc Prof

+46 18-672994

förnamn.efternamn@slu.se

Mats Sandgren

Vice-Head of the Department

+46 18-673179

förnamn.efternamn@slu.se

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Post expires on Sunday September 1st, 2019

PhD student in the research education subject: Chemistry

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-2834

Department of Molecular Sciences

An appointment as a PhD student in subject Chemistry is vacant at the Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU, Uppsala. The Department involves approximately 110 employees and together with two other departments forms an inspiring research environment at the BioCentrum at the Ultuna campus in Uppsala. Here you will find expertise in plant biology, mycology, plant pathology, microbiology, food science, calculation-based genetics, chemistry and biotechnology and competitive infrastructure such as plant-growing facilities, advanced microscopy and molecular biology, x-ray and NMR. The department conducts research, teaching and environmental monitoring in the field of inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, natural product chemistry, food science and microbiology. Visit us at https://www.slu.se/en/departments/molecular-sciences/

Molecular mechanisms in protein interactions with mineral nanoparticles

Description:

Nanoparticles of metal oxides were recently demonstrated to specifically bind blood and other proteins and modify immune reactions in tissues, permitting to use them for improved wound healing and transplantation surgery. The purpose of the project is to gain insight into how metal oxide nanoparticles are obtaining the so-called protein corona in interaction with body fluids and functional proteins and peptides. It will involve both protein separation and purification, and inorganic synthesis of model oxide nanoparticles and polyoxometallate species, crystallization of the complexes of functional peptides and proteins, and also their characterization by a variety of techniques such as electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and NMR, and verification of their functional characteristics. The project will be carried out in an inspiring international environment and will involve active participation in international project meetings. One or several short research exchanges with a partner university in USA are foreseen. The PhD project constitutes a part of a research program supported by the Swedish Research Council and Fulbright Foundation (USA).

Qualifications:

An eligible candidate should hold an MSc degree or equivalent in a subject relevant for the position, e.g. within: chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology or materials science or related subjects. The student should have a strong interest for and general expertise in biochemistry/molecular biology and in the synthesis and characterization of materials. Experience in spectroscopic characterization techniques and protein separation are of merit. Strong communication skills orally and in writing in English are required. Personal qualities such as the ability to collaborate, solve problems and work independently are of high importance.

Place of work:

Ultuna, Uppsala

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment (2 or 4 years) // Other form of funding

Starting date:

During the autumn 2019

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-05, 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 dessertation 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

Vadim Kessler

Professor

name.surname@slu.se

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Post expires on Thursday September 5th, 2019