Postdoctoral Position in Modelling of Farming Systems

Sweden (SE)
28 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral positions in modelling of farming systems

Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) seeks two postdoctoral fellows for a period of two years, to work on projects using crop modelling to address complex issues of production, resource use, and sustainable intensification of farming systems in Northern Europe. Crop models will be evaluated by using existing data and field research, and then used to predict plant responses to changing management and environmental conditions. The results will be used for broader farming systems analyses to evaluate the trade-offs between economic, environmental and social consequences of agricultural systems. The main target with the positions is to develop sustainable agronomic practices and cropping systems for feeding ruminant livestock. The positions will be based at the Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden in Umeå. Part of the research will be done at the Röbäcksdalen Field Research Station. The Station is a part of SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science), a nation-wide state of the art network of experimental field stations, offering possibilities for experimentation and data acquisition under various climates and agronomic conditions. The postdocs will be part of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, but also work with researchers in other fields of science at SLU and other organisations.

Research: The overall aim with our research is to create knowledge that promotes the competiveness of agriculture in northern Sweden and ensures the supply of locally produced food items. The research is focused on cropping, conservation, feeding and evaluation of forages for milk and meat production. Important aspects of the scientific work are the effects of the chemical and physical properties of the forages on feed intake and animal performance as well as the links to product (food) quality. Field studies are conducted in all over Sweden. Hence, influences of different environmental conditions on the crop production in this region can be emphasised.

Teaching: We teach crop science and animal science in undergraduate education. Post graduate education is offered in crop science, soil science and animal science.

Duties: The positions will focus on developing, evaluating, and applying modelling tools for the assessment and design of agricultural systems. This will include analysis, and modelling at multiple scales (e.g. tissue, plant, crop, field, farm, and region), with possibilities for field agro-ecological research and use of spectral technologies. The postdocs are expected to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their own research ideas and will contribute to novel research proposals for submission to external funding.

Qualifications: Applicants should hold a PhD in crop science, agricultural science, or in related fields of science. 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. Documented experience in agricultural systems and crop modelling and agronomic field research are expected. Applicants should have demonstrated ability to collaborate and conduct and complete research projects, and to generate and publish the findings in international peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills in English. Additionally, skills in spectral analysis, data handling and statistics are counted as merits for the position.

Place of work: Umeå

Form of employment: Temporary employment as postdoctor for 2 years

Extent: 100%

Starting date: By agreement, but 28 April 2017 at the latest.

Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua ua 4393/2016.

 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 January 2, 2017.

Specific documents attached: The application package shall include i) a short cover letter, highlighting current research and other activities of relevance for the position; ii) curriculum vitae; iii) publication list; iv) up to 5 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.

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.


Further information:
◾ David Parsons, Professor, +46(0)90 786 87 14, David.Parsons@slu.se
◾ Mårten Hetta, Head of the department, +46(0)90 786 87 47, Marten.Hetta@slu.se

Academic union representatives:
• Saco-S föreningen SLU, SACO, +46 (0)18 671085
• Inga-Lis Johansson , SEKO, +46 (0)90 786 82 10
• Hans Åkesson, ST, +46 (0)90 786 83 42