Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

The centre carries out research, teaching and dissemination of information on forest management in southern Sweden. The research is focused on subjects particularly relevant to southern Sweden, such as the silviculture of deciduous and mixed forests, alternatives to spruce, management of forests with extensive butt-rot, high quality production on fertile sites, damage caused by native and invasive forest pest and pathogens, and competition between ground vegetation and tree seedlings. The research is carried out in close co-operation with the forest industry and other stakeholders in society. Teaching: Courses are held in variety of forest-related topics for Swedish and international students at the bachelor and master level.


Exotic tree species have been implicated as an important option in climate adaptation efforts in Sweden to diversify forests, finding alternatives to Norway spruce. Several exotic conifers and broadleaved trees have been introduced to Sweden, but are currently restricted to small areas. One limitation to the broader use of exotic tree species in commercial forestry is knowledge about new threats on-the-horizon and understanding the resistance biology of the introduced trees to known biotic threats that can serve as a basis for future breeding for resistance. Larch (Larix spp.) is one of these examples that has been long-established and its use could be attractive in the future. In this 1+1-year post-doctoral project, studies will be designed to: 1) investigate pest and pathogen damage in establishments of Siberian, European and hybrid larch in southern Sweden, 2) explore the resistance biology of the different larch species including the role of plant secondary metabolites in defense against the larch canker disease pathogen Lachnellula willkommii, and 3) test portable spectroscopy-based phenotyping tools to identify disease-tolerant genotypes of European larch that can be used in future tree improvement programs. The work will involve both field and laboratory studies, controlled greenhouse infection experiments, and use of advanced analytical chemistry techniques and chemometic modelling and statistics. The postdoc will collaborate with tree breeders at Skogforsk – The Forest Research Institute. Collaboration with other researchers within SLU and internationally is envisaged. The project is an initiative funded by Trees for future (T4F).


As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is preferably within 3 years of the application date (parental leave disclosed from the accounted time period). The PhD degree should be in forest pathology or forest entomology, or related related discipline. The candidate should have an interest in tree resistance biology and/or analytical chemistry of plants. Other required qualifications are 1) proven research productivity with publications in peer-reviewed journals, 2) proven laboratory skills, 3) good communications skills and 4) fluent in both written and spoken English. The candidate should also be self-reliable, self-motivated and well organized.


The application must contain: a summary of the research experience, expectation on the position and future plans (max 1 page), CV and contact information to two reference persons.

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Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 12 months with a possible extension of 12 months.  



Starting date:

1 May 2021 or according to agreement. 


We welcome your application no later than 2021-03-19, 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.

Contact person

Michelle Cleary

Associate Professor

+46 (0)40-415181