The department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) forms part of the Faculty of Forest Sciences, has about 50 employees and is located in both Umeå and Uppsala. The department carries out high quality research and under- and postgraduate education on a high international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource. The major focus in Umeå lies on value chains in the bio-based industry, where different components of forest biomaterials are collected, characterized, separated, modified / processed, used and re-used cost-effectively for different purposes while forest ecosystem services are managed sustainably. In Uppsala, the focus lies on wood science and technology with research and education on wood materials from nano to macro levels and with accredited testing of wood products and treatments for the market.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, engaged and proactive candidate for a postdoctoral scholarship about the study of algae cell wall for the release of high value products. The scholarship is for one year with a strong possibility of extension for a second year. We have several years of experience growing algae from lab to pilot scale using wastewater and industrial flue gases. In this project, we want to engage a dedicated, qualified and scientifically proficient person to study algal cell wall to optimize the release of high value products contained in the cell.


Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than three years before the application deadline and in one of the following areas: algae biology, physiology, plant biology, or other relevant subjects. Experience on algal cultivation at small scale in the lab as well as at larger scale such as open ponds and/or larger photobioreactors is merited. The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge about algal biology/physiology, experience in different microscopy techniques including biochemical and histochemical characterization of cells. A very good knowledge of English in writing, reading and speaking is highly important, and a driving license is desirable.

The Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology, SLU, Umeå and Ultuna (Uppsala), has about 60 employees, it is a scientifically stimulating working environment with a deep knowledge of biomaterials from forest and aquatic biomass. Our employees come from more than 10 countries, which means that we regularly use English as a working language.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

12 months scholarship with a possible extension of 12 months, from the Kempe foundation.



Starting date:

According to agreement.


Applications including a cover letter describing yourself and your relevance to the position, a detailed CV, a brief description of previous work, a list of publications, and the names of at least two references should be provided.

Deadline/closing date March 3rd 2021.


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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.

Contact person

Francesco Gentili



Dinesh Fernando


018-67 26 16