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Postdoctoral research fellow for studies on hygienisation

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    21 februari

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    30 mars

Om jobbet

Department of Energy and Technology
At the Department of Energy and Technology, research and education are conducted focusing on how agriculture can contribute to a sustainable society. We have extensive expertise in technology and systems for sustainable production of food and bioenergy, including optimal nutrition circuits and logistics systems. Within the field of methodology, we have extensive competence in System Analysis including Environmental Systems Analysis and LCA, as well as Biometrics (statistics and mathematics with applications in biological systems) and Automation.

Title: Hygienisation in fly larvae composting process and hygienic quality of the attained products

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Duties and responsibilities:

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow for our research in fly larvae composting, with a focus on the hygiene of the process as well as of the larvae and the treatment residue (frass-compost) from the treatment of society's biodegradable waste. The project is run within the Environmental Engineering group at the Department of Energy and Technology at SLU, whose main focus is to develop and assess techniques to close the loop of plant nutrition between urban and rural settings. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with researchers and doctoral candidates in the group who work on related issues. The focus is to evaluate the degradation of various biological infectious agents such as bacteria (also spore-forming), bacteriophages and prions. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue the following studies: 1) fate of prions in fly larvae composting; 2) fate of anaerobic spore-forming bacteria in fly larvae composting, and 3) study of mechanisms for killing salmonella in fly larvae composting.

The final project description will be developed together with the project leader. The postdoctoral research fellow will be part of an active, expanding and international research group that focuses on environmental engineering. We expect the postdoctoral research fellow to be present at the department most workdays of the week.


  • A PhD in natural sciences;
  • Experience in chemical or microbiological laboratory work; and,
  • High proficiency in spoken and written English.


  • Previous experience of working with fly larvae composting;
  • Knowledge of chemical and microbiological analyses methods; and
  • Knowledge in process technology and biological waste management.
Great emphasis is placed on personal qualities, such as cooperation ability, analytical and problem-solving skills and the aptitude to work independently.

The position is intended for a junior researcher and we are primarily looking for people who have completed a doctorate a maximum of three years ago.

The application should contain:

  • Cover letter describing yourself, your motivation for applying for the position, including a short description of what you want to focus on during the post doc position, and why (maximum 2 A4 pages);
  • CV describing your education, publications, relevant work experience, ;
  • An attested copy of your PhD certificate;
  • Academic publications of relevance for the position;
  • Contact information for two

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden

Form of employment:

Temporary employment for 24 months, with the possibility of extending 12 months.



Starting date:

According to agreement, spring 2023.


We welcome your application no later than 2023-03-30, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

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.


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