The Department of Crop Production Ecology, together with the Department of Ecology, forms an inspiring research environment in SLU's Ecology Center in Uppsala. We educate and carry out research on plants for food, feed and energy, as well as the interactions with the surrounding environment and systems. The research examines how different production methods, cultivation environments and systems affect yield and other ecosystem services, as well as product quality and the surrounding environment. We teach about plant production, plant ecology and eco-physiology, weed biology and cropping systems in an ecological sustainability context.
Old heritage cultivars in modern sustainable cropping systems
Do you want to be part of an interdisciplinary research project that ranges from the cropping system to the quality of the grain produced and consumer preferences? Are you interested in how heritage cereal cultivars can contribute to sustainable farming systems? Then this PhD position could be what you are looking for. The breeding of new cultivars of cereals has aimed at increasing the production potential of cultivars with a good supply of inputs and with less consideration of nutritional quality and the ability of the cultivars to adapt to the local conditions or to cope with extreme weather. The old heritage cultivars are often described as both healthier and tastier than modern cultivars, and the production as more resistant to, for example, drought and pests, but the knowledge of how the environment and management affect these aspects needs to be developed.
The aim of the PhD project is to find links between environmental factors and management measures on sustainability aspects and quality in the production of heritage cereal cultivars, and to investigate how these cultivars differ from modern cultivars with respect to environment and management.
Qualifications:The successful applicant must have a background in biology or agronomy and an interest in developing agricultural and cropping systems for sustainable production. Experience in field research is an advantage, as is knowledge of Swedish or related languages. Good ability to communicate in English is a requirement. Consideration will also be given to social competence, as well as the ability to take initiatives and work independently.
Place of work:
Forms for funding or employment:Employment 4 years.
Starting date:According to agreement.
Application:We welcome your application no later than 2018-03-07, 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. The written application should include a motivation describing why the applicant is interested in the project and what makes the applicant suitable for this position and project
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 apssport with your personal data and phograghy.
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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.
Göran Bergkvist, Associate Professor