Faculty of Forest Sciences


Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

A position as Associate Senior Lecturer in Forest Pathology is open at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU, Alnarp.

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. 

Subject area

The subject area is forest pathology with a focus on e.g. detection and monitoring, chemical ecology and the resistance of trees against abiotic and/or biotic stress.


The associate senior lecturer/assistant professor shall develop her/his own research profile within the subject area. Research is expected to be carried out in close collaboration with colleagues at the department and SLU, as well as through national and international collaborations.

In addition, the holder of the position is also expected to:

  • initiate the development of his/her own research group within the subject
  • apply for external research funding in competition and publish scientific articles
  • participate in postgraduate education as a co-supervisor
  • communicate and collaborate with relevant industrial stakeholders
  • teach at basic and advanced levels, including doctoral level
  • receive pedagogical training


Eligible for employment as associate senior lecturer are candidates who hold a PhD in a related subject area (forest pathology, plant pathology or chemical ecology). Priority will be given to candidates who have received a PhD or equivalent qualifications no longer than five years before the application deadline. Other candidates may also be considered if there are extraordinary grounds for doing so. Extraordinary grounds refer to illness, parental leave or similar circumstances.

For employment as associate senior lecturer, the candidate must be scientifically proficient in the subject area of the position.

Good ability to communicate in written and spoken English is required.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as an associate senior lecturer will primarily be based on the degree to which the applicant/candidate possesses the required qualifications specified for the position.

The assessment criteria for appointment as an associate senior lecturer shall be the degree of the scientific expertise required as a qualification for employment.

Specific competence in any of the focus areas given in the Subject Area relevant to the overall subject of forest pathology is particularly meritorious.

Furthermore, the assessment includes evaluating the applicant’s ability to develop an independent line of research within the subject area, and to qualify for promotion to senior lecturer during the employment period.

Emphasis will also be placed on skills in communication and ability to work across several of the department´s research areas.

Good skills in collaboration as well as experience in administration and teaching are of importance.

After the qualification requirements, emphasis will be places on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Application deadline:


Place of work:




Form of Employment:

The employment is limited to four years in accordance with the Higher Education Act. A position as associate senior lecturer is a qualifying employment that constitutes the first step in an academic career at SLU. An associate senior lecturer has the right during his or her employment to apply for promotion to senior lecturer on the basis of criteria established when the position as associate senior lecturer was announced.

Starting date:

According to agreement


It is desirable that the application is written in English, because the applications will be evaluated by expert advisers both in Sweden and abroad.

A guide for applicants "Appointment procedures for teachers at SLU" and "General assessment criteria for the appointment of teachers" can be found here.

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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

University Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department for Research

+46 (0)40-415181


Vilis Brukas

Head of Department

+46 (0)40-415198


Ulrika Ganeteg

Research Officer

+46 (0)76-527 87 97