PhD Student in the Research Education Subject: Crop Production Science

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

Impacts of cropping systems on the environment, crop resource use and productivity

Are you searching for a PhD project that would contribute to the development of more sustainable agriculture and would you like to work from a systems perspective? Do you want to be part of a rapidly expanding team of researchers that aim at developing cropping systems research? Do you want to develop your modelling skills? Then this position in the Cropping System group at the Department of Crop Production Ecology in Uppsala, Sweden, might be what you are looking for.

Increasing demand for food, feed, fuel and fibre, new scientific knowledge, resource scarcity, environmental constraints and consumer demands on produced products have generated the need and possibilities to increase the knowledge of cropping systems, e.g. knowledge of interactions in space and time within the system and in relation to the surrounding ecosystems, in order to increase efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts. The complexity of cropping systems and the variety of services they provide have also generated a need to develop methods to assess cropping systems that include multiple services and disservices.

The aim of the present project is to evaluate potential improvements of specified existing cropping systems using models for quantification of multiple services and impacts, such as productivity, nitrogen leaching, carbon sequestration and resource use efficiency.

The successful applicant will not only be part of the Cropping System group at SLU in Uppsala, but 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.

Location: 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.

The successful candidate should have a background in biology or agronomy. Documented experience in field research and biological modelling are meriting and 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 as well as the ability to communicate in, or being willing to learn, Swedish or another Scandinavian language. Emphasis will be placed also on social skills as well as the ability to take initiative and work independently.

Forms for funding or employment
Employment as PhD student 4 years

SLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/postgraduate-studies/
Further information:
◾Docent Göran Bergkvist, goran.bergkvist@slu.se, +46-70-3443462

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

Applications, marked with ref no SLU ua 4330/2016 , must have arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se no later than 2016-12-31.