Department of Economics

Post-doctoral position in Agricultural and Food Economics – with a focus on intercropping

The Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) invites applications for two-year Post-Doctoral positions to join its research group “Agricultural and Food Economics”. This post-doc position will be associated with a research theme related to farmers’ uptake of sustainable agricultural practices and the economic consequences of uptake. In particular, the post-doctoral researcher will work in an externally funded project related to uptake of intercropping practices in Swedish agriculture. The project aims at investigating behavioural and economic drivers of uptake. This is an interdisciplinary project which will be implemented in close collaboration with a research group at the Department of Crop Production Ecology at SLU.

SLU is a world-class university in the fields of life and environmental sciences, with a vision to play a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Within this framework, the Department of Economics provides an important platform for research and teaching in Economics and Business. The teaching activities are centered around educational programmes at Bachelor and Master level. The research departs from four thematic fields, where agricultural and food economics is one. The Department of Crop Production Ecology is part of the Ecology Centre and together with the Department of Ecology, it offers a stimulating research environment in Uppsala. The Department provides education and perform research on plants for food, animal feed, and energy. The research and teaching focus strongly on plant production and its interaction with the surrounding environment.

In the research group “Agricultural and Food Economics” the research interests include production economics, consumer economics, agricultural and food policy, and trade. The topics of interest add to the literature in agricultural economics and related fields. We have vivid disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary collaborations, for instance with researchers in crop production, animal health and veterinary epidemiology. The group currently consists of about 16 staff-members, including several PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, senior researchers, a research assistant, a senior lecturer and a professor.


Successful applicants are expected to (1) actively contribute to the group’s research in this field, in particular to the externally funded project related to uptake of intercropping in Swedish agriculture; (2) develop independent research leading to high quality scientific journals’ publications, and (3) eventually apply for external research funding. You may also be expected to supervise students’ theses at all levels and to contribute to other teaching activities within the research area of the group.


The successful applicant should have a background in agricultural economics, food economics, economics or closely related field. Experience in interdisciplinary research is a merit. It is also a merit to have worked with behavioural approaches in relation to economic research.

We are looking for highly motivated applicants who can work both independently and in teams, is used to taking own initiatives, and have documented experience publishing in high quality scientific journals. Very good skills in English (both written and oral) are required.  Personal characteristics will play a significant role in the recruitment process.

Individuals with a completed Ph.D. (the Ph.D. should have been completed no more than three years ago) are encouraged to apply for this position. Applications should be received by March 20th  at the latest, and should contain: (1) a current CV including publication list, (2) a statement motivating the interest in this particular position (two pages single space maximum), and (3) the name of two references.

Evaluations will start in March. Interviews will likely be conducted in April.


Place of work:


Form of employment:

Two year post-doctoral position. There is an opportunity for extension beyond two years.



Starting date:

According to agreement. 


We welcome your application no later than 2021-03-31, use the button below.

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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.

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