Department of energy and technology

This position is part of an interdisciplinary synthesis project funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Energy and Technology and the Department of Economics at SLU, and the project also involves researchers from SEI, SRC/Beijer Institute, Chalmers and KTH.

The Department of Energy and Technology conducts research and education with a focus on how agriculture can contribute to a sustainable society. We have great expertise in technology and systems for sustainable production of food and bioenergy, including optimal recycling for nutrients and logistics systems. In the method area, we have great competence in systems analysis, including environmental systems analysis and LCA, as well as in biometrics (statistics and mathematics with applications in biological systems). In terms of sustainable food production, quantitative studies are carried out on the environmental impact of various foods and diets, modeling of future scenarios for a more sustainable food systems and the development of data for various informative and financial instruments for a more sustainable diet.


This position involves the completion of two synthesis tasks. The first is to compile the existing evidence of the environmental impacts in and outside Sweden of different food groups relevant to Swedish consumption, and the second to conduct a systematic mapping of the evidence on policy options to shift food consumption to decrease environmental pressures. The postdoc will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team of experienced researchers with expertise in environmental modelling, financial and informative policy, systematic mapping and synthesis and communication.   


We are looking for a motivated person with a PhD in a subject relevant to the research project, in for example environmental or sustainability science or agricultural, environmental or resource economics, and who enjoys working in interdisciplinary projects. Required skills include advanced analytic skills including broad competence of searching for, reading, interpreting and summarizing different types of scientific literature and ability to extract information from and interpret a variety of scientific studies (experimental, cross-sectional, simulation etc.). Additional required skills include well-developed scientific writing skills and handling of reference management software, and the ability to work independently in a structured way and meeting deadlines. Interest and knowledge of the environmental impacts of food, food production, systematic reviews/mapping, machine learning technologies for text mining and/or policy evaluation is desired.  Excellent English skills in writing and speaking is required and knowledge of Swedish, Danish and/or Norwegian is a plus.  

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is preferably no older than 3 years. 

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months



Starting date:

According to agreement. (Or put actual starting date)


We welcome your application no later than 2021-03-12, 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

Elin Röös

Senior Lecturer