Professor in horticultural sciences, specialising in genetics

Uppsala (SE)
15 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor in horticultural sciences, specialising in genetics

Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science
Department of Plant Breeding

The Department of Plant Breeding focuses on research, education and innovation work of strategic importance for sustainable and profitable cultivation in a changing climate. The department utilises a wide range of techniques-from field experiments and characterisation of agricultural biodiversity to genetics, genomics, biotechnology, biochemistry, physical chemistry, physiology and modelling. The department has also integrated a plant breeding programme focusing on fruit, berries and potatoes.

Subject area:

You will lead the work within the subject area horticultural breeding, one of five subject at the department. This is a wide subject, covering plant genetic varation and its importance for different aspects within primarily horticultural cultures (fruits, berries and vegetables).


You will strengthen and develop research as well as doctoral, undergraduate and Master´s education within the horticultural science field, focusing on genetics. You are expected to develop and lead a research group that focuses on the importance of genotypes and environmental interaction for health and nutrition-promoting characterstics in horticultural products from a molecular perspective. Taking advantage of advanced `-omics´ technologies for experiments is also important. You will be expected to interact proactively with the existing interdisciplinary research environment at the faculty and with the department employees responsible for the varietal development of fruit and berris in Sweden and northern Europe.


A person who has demonstrated both academic and teaching skills shall be qualified for appointment as a professor. The applicant must be scientifically proficient in the subject area for the post and hold a PhD. The applicant must be pedagogically proficient and possess the ability to integrate pedagogical application with the role of researcher. Equal attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching skills and the assessment of academic proficiency.

Assessment criteria:

We will especially assess your knowledge of genetics, plant breeding, horticultural sciences or other immediate fields relating to the professorship.  We will also assess you academic and teaching competence and weather you are internationally recognized withinthe subject area. Large importance will be placed on a strong and well documented background within plant genetics and experience of independent, innovative and pioneering research on horticultural cultures on a professorial level.  Candidates with staff management experience will be prioritised, as well those who have experience communicating their research to society. Having collaborated with various stakeholders and with other researchers both nationally and internationally is an advantage, and you should have proven ability to attract external research funding.  Experience of field and glasshouse trials in fruit, berry or vegetable research, and experience of using`-omics´methods within plant breeding, is a plus.

Place of work: Alnarp

Extent: 100%

Starting date: By agreement

The scientific and pedagogic documentation submitted in support of the application shall be indicated in the application, and one copy of each document shall be made available to the Registrar at the time of application. At most 10 scientific publications and at most 10 pedagogic publications, including popularized versions, should be submitted in support of the application. In addition a complete list of publications shall be supplied; the publications submitted with the application must be indicated. When expert reviewers have been appointed, the applicant(s) will be informed to send copies of the documentation listed in the application to each one of the reviewers.

Application: You are welcome to submit your application marked SLU ua 1318/2017. Enclose your CV and any other supporting documents. Send your application to the Registrar, SLU, Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala or to registrator@slu.se. Applications close on September 30, 2017.

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.

University salaries are set on an individual basis.

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.


Campus Alnarp lies in Sweden’s most dynamic agricultural and horticultural region. It is situated close to the student towns of Lund and Malmö, a short distance from the sea and in close proximity to Copenhagen’s city life. The Öresund region is in an expansive phase, in which knowledge, education and research have a central significance. On Campus Alnarp, the focus is on landscape planning and horticulture.

Further information:

Anders Carlsson, Head of Department, +46(0)40-415561, anders.carlsson@slu.se

Further information about the formal application process:

Torleif Ljung, Administrative Officer, +46 (0)40-41 50 44, torleif.ljung@adm.slu.se

A guide for applicants “Appointment procedures for SLU” and a “Memorandum for Guidance in connection with applications for appointment/promotion to professor and senior lecturer at SLU” can be found at internt.slu.se. Documentation of scientific, pedagogical and other qualifications must be presented in accordance with the instructions given in these documents.