Department of Ecology

At the Department of Ecology, we are conducting both empirical and theoretical research for sustainable forest and agricultural production and efficient biological conservation. Our research on populations, communities, and ecosystems forms the foundation for studying the influence of land use and climate change on animals, plants and soils. Solutions are sought that will improve greenhouse gas balances, preserve threatened species, benefit biological diversity and ecosystem services, sustainable wildlife management and control pests in forest and agricultural landscapes as well as in urban areas.

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About the position

We are looking for a postdoc to work with us on projects (links below) that relate to soil carbon cycling in agricultural systems as affected by various management practices, especially the contribution of cover crops. The work also involves the effect of soil carbon on crop productivity and resilience (yield stability) to climate change. The duties include analysis of empirical data from long-term field experiments and national soil inventories as well as application of soil carbon models.

Your profile

Applicants must hold a PhD in soil or environmental science, ecosystem ecology, physical geography, agricultural sciences or similar disciplines obtained within the last three years at the time of application. Applicants should have good knowledge of soil carbon cycling and commonly used management practices in agroecosystems under temperate conditions. Documented experience in dynamic modeling of soil C and associated processes as well as advanced abilities in programming and statistical analysis will be considered as merits in our evaluation of candidates. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are expected. Selection of qualified applicants will be based on the written application (in English), including a curriculum vitae, publication list, personal references, and a personal letter explaining your motivation for the position.



Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.



Start date:

According to agreement. 


Please submit your application before deadline 18 August 2024. 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

Thomas Kätterer

Martin Bolinder