Postdoctoral Position in Cropping Systems

Sweden (SE)
28 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Position in Cropping Systems

Department of Crop Production Ecology
We seek a postdoctoral researcher for a two-year position that will combine agro-ecological field research and crop modelling to address the multiple services and functions of agro-ecosystems and its implications at a regional scale. You will be joining the Agricultural Cropping System group at SLU in Uppsala that provides education and carries out research on agricultural crop production with a focus on crops, agro-ecosystem function and the evaluation of agricultural production systems. You will also be part of a team of researchers within the SLU Cropping System Platform aiming to develop cropping and farming systems research to encompass environmental, economic and social dimensions.

The Department of Crop Production Ecology is part of the Ecology Centre and together with the Department of Ecology, it offers a stimulating research environment in Uppsala. We provide education and perform research on plants for food, animal feed, and energy. Our research and teaching focus strongly on agricultural crop production and its interaction with the surrounding environment. The research programs address how different production methods, cultivation environments, and systems influence yields and other ecosystem services, as well as product quality and the surrounding environment. We teach about crop production, plant ecology, eco-physiology, weed biology, and crop production systems in an ecological sustainability context.

Duties: The successful applicant will assess the effects of cropping systems on multiple services and functions of agro-ecosystems at a regional scale in order to suggest changes in agriculture that would improve ecosystem services, not only provisioning, at the larger scale. The focus will be on research within the subject area, but the position will also include some teaching and collaboration with stakeholders, as well as contributions to activities within the Cropping System Platform and the Department. The work will encompass agro-ecological field research and data collection using various technologies, and modelling at multiple scales to make the assessments and predictions. The postdoc is expected to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, give presentations at conferences directed both to the scientific community and to stakeholders. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop their own research ideas and will contribute to novel research proposals for submission to external funders.

Qualifications: The successful applicant should hold a PhD in crop science, agricultural science or a related subject area. Priority will be given to applicants who received a PhD no longer than three years prior to the application deadline (considering career breaks, e.g. due to parental leave). The successful applicant should have a demonstrated an ability to conduct and complete research projects, as evidenced by high quality scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals. Documented experience in both field research and biological modelling would be an advantage, as well as documented experience in collaborations within the scientific community and with stakeholders in agricultural research through, e.g. presentations at conferences and joint projects. An interest in the development of farming and cropping systems for sustainable crop production is expected. Good skills in English (both written and oral) are required. The ability to communicate in, or being willing to learn, Swedish or another Scandinavian language is a merit. Emphasis will be placed also on social skills and the ability to take initiative and work independently.

Place of work: Uppsala

Form of employment: Temporary employment as postdoctor for 2 years, with possible extension one year.

Extent: 100%

Starting date: No later than April 28, 2017

Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua SLU ua 4331/2016 .

 Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or registrator@slu.se no later than December 31, 2016.

Specific documents attached: The application package shall include i) a short letter of motivation, highlighting current research and other activities of relevance for the position; ii) curriculum vitae; iii) publication list; iv) one or two selected peer-reviewed publications; v) a one page expose about your main research interests regarding the present position and visions for future research; vi) the names and contact information of at least two professional references familiar with the applicant's qualifications; and vii) copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records. The documents should be written in English when applicable.

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

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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.


The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (NJ) is responsible for research, teaching, environmental monitoring and assessment as well as outreach and collaboration in the fields of agriculture and rural development. The faculty is also active in the fields of cropping systems, plant breeding, plant protection, food, production, health, quality of life, environment and water.

The NJ Faculty houses 15 departments and a large number of collaborative centres. The majority of the Faculty’s employees and students are based in Uppsala, on Campus Ultuna.


Campus Ultuna is located in the southern part of Uppsala, next to the river Fyris. It is SLU’s largest campus, and one of several in Uppsala. Campus Ultuna is home to the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science as well as the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science and most of the university’s management and administrative departments. The campus itself is currently undergoing substantial modernisation and renewal, and one of the most recent additions is the new university animal hospital - the only one of its kind in the country, combining advanced veterinary care with frontline research.

Further information:
◾ Göran Bergkvist, Associate Professor, +46(0) 18-67 29 10, goran.bergkvist@slu.se

Academic union representatives:
• Saco-S föreningen SLU, SACO, +46 (0)18 67 10 85
• Linda Thörnström , SEKO, +46 (0)18 67 10 57
• Lotta Olsson, ST, +46 (0)18 67 15 36