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Postdoctor position in Forest Vegetation Ecology

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    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

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    19 juni

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    20 augusti

Om jobbet

Department of Forest Ecology and Management
The Forest Science Faculty at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is ranked as one of the top Forestry Schools globally. The Forest Vegetation Ecology research group in Umeå, Sweden invites application for the position of Postdoctor for two years. The Postdoctor will work with Professor Marie-Charlotte Nilsson Hegethorn, and join a research team that investigates interactions of forest plants with each other, and with the other biotic and abiotic components of both natural and managed forested ecosystem.

The department supports an international environment in terms of both research and teaching, and includes 90 people of which 12 are professors. Our mission at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management.  For more information visit:


The selected candidate will be encouraged to develop original research involving field, lab, or greenhouse experiments to understand local plant and soil community responses (notably tree seedlings and understory moss vegetation) to extrinsic disturbance factors, such as fire, forest management or climate warming, and the resulting consequences for ecosystem attributes, plant-microbial interactions and soil processes.


We seek a highly motivated individual with good communication skills in English, both written and verbal, and a strong work ethic.  We seek a group member who is capable of developing scientific publications targeted towards international journals.  The applicant should provide evidence for their capacity to do this in their CV and/or cover letter.  We also seek someone with good interpersonal skills, who can work in both a team context and independently to develop research projects and execute experimental work.  We are searching for someone with a PhD in an Ecology or Applied Ecology related field, with emphasis in subjects such as plant community ecology, soil ecology, microbial ecology, and/or forestry.  Previous research lab-, greenhouse or field-work experience in forested ecosystems and vegetation ecology, as well as experience in measuring soil properties and processes, plant community variables (e.g. composition, plant growth and physiological response, etc.) and/or microbial associations (e.g. cyanobacteria, fungi) is desirable. The position is intended for junior scientists and we are preferably looking for applicants that have received their PhD not later than three years ago. 

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Form of employment:  
Temporary employment, 24 months



Starting date:

The specific starting date is flexible, but as soon as possible.


Review of applications will begin after July 20 2019; however, the announcement will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. We welcome your application no later than 2019-08-20, use the button below.

The application should contain the following two items written in English: 1) a cover letter describing yourself, your motivation for applying for the position, and a short description of what you want to work on during the post doc position, and why; 2) a CV describing your education, publications, and relevant work experience; and 3) a list of names and contact information for three references.

The city of Umeå is the largest city in Northern Sweden, with approximately 120,000 inhabitants.  Umeå is a vibrant cultural hub of northern Sweden, and was even designated a culture capital of Europe in 2014.  The city houses two Universities (Umeå University and SLU), with over 30,000 students in Umeå.  Umeå also has a well-developed sports, music, and outdoor recreation scene.   

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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.


Marie-Charlotte Nilsson Hegethorn,