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.


In this postdoctoral project the candidate will perform analysis of forest experiments designed for evaluation of species-specific growth and yield in conifer stands and likewise for mixtures. The project includes long-term experiments from the whole of Sweden and, although environmental variables and habitat structures play an important role, the focus will be on tree and stand growth and treatment responses.  The main objective is to investigate when and where one species become dominant over the other, and how this can be implemented in management to increase or establish mixed species stands. This project is an initiative funded by Trees for the future (T4F).  The postdoc will be part of a research team with focus on forest management using empirical data and mechanistic modelling. We do research on all types of forest management systems and a wide range of forestry use, including forest conservation management. Our team are responsible for the teaching in silviculture on two masters- and one bachelor program.


As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are 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 silviculture or related forest sciences, biostatistics or a related discipline.  The candidate should have an interest in understanding tree and stand growth and development.
Other required qualifications are 1) proven research productivity with publications in peer-reviewed journals, 2) experience of analysing forestry data,  and 3) good communications skills. The applicant also need a drivers licence during the field work included in the project.

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.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

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



Starting date:

1 Maj 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

Emma Holmström

+46 (0)40-415114