Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

We are seeking a highly motivated person to conduct research in silviculture of predominantly broadleaved forests of southern Sweden.

About the position

The project focuses on regeneration and early stand management for broadleave dominated forests- aiming to produce high quality timber, evaluating production and economy of the future stand development. The forest types are usually high or low intensity managed rotational forestry, using natural regeneration or planting. The postdoctor will establish new forest experiments and measure our existing experiments, in order to carry out necessary data analysis and the scientific reporting of the outcome. The scientific issues and results should revolve around development of silvicultural methods and practical implementation of adaptations to climate change.

The candidate will belong to the silviculture unit at the department and work in a silviculture team with focus on forest management for multiuse purposes, addressing issues on climate change adaptation and high-versus low intensity forestry. We use empirical and process based modelling, with input data from the National Forest Inventory or from our long term experiments.

Your profile

The candidate must have a PhD degree in silviculture and/or forest management or a very similar subject. The candidate must have proven experience in data analysis of tree and stand data, described in scientific publications and/or thesis. Excellent written and oral English is also a must.

Extra merits are previous experience in design of forest experiments for regeneration or stand management and experience of the tree species in northern Europe. The department sees a big value in candidates that are interested in teaching and supervision of undergraduate students. It is also an advantage if the candidate have a valid drivers license and an interest in conducting field work.

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

About us

SLU is one of the world’s highest ranked universities in several subject areas and is ranked #1 in forestry (CWUR). At our centre we carry out research, teaching and dissemination of scientific findings with direct application to the sustainable management of forests. We have a multidisciplinary profile, with global relevance and specialized expertise on forests and forestry as complex socio-ecological systems. We closely collaborate with multiple stakeholders and conduct applied research in silviculture, forest ecology, pathology, policy and planning. We teach bachelor, Masters and PhD level courses addressing all of these subject areas.

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Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension. 



Start date:

May 2024 or as agreed. 


Please submit your application before deadline 2024-05-10. You can submit your application by clicking the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Contact person

Emma Holmström

Associate Professor

+46 40-41 51 14, +46 73-715 06 02