Field assistant at SLU/UPSC

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The Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology was founded in the late 1970s - when the College of Forestry moved to Umeå. The number of employees has since grown steadily is now around 100, including postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. In the late 1990s it was decided to join with the Department of Plant Physiology at Umeå University to form a research center, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). The Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology moved into the premises adjacent to the partner department and together have developed a close and successful collaboration on research issues, technology platforms, and training of master's and doctoral level students. The international element within UPSC is large, with over 40 nationalities represented.

The department conducts introductory and advanced training in plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology, forest genetics and forest biotechnology within the Forestry program and at the master level.

The department offers postgraduate studies in biology, specializing in plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology and forest genetics. Postgraduate courses are generally held in cooperation with the Department of Plant Physiology.
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The Team is searching for a fieldwork assistant to complete the field-work team during the summer. The number of working days as field assistant will vary from week to week according to the project development. The applicant will collect remote sensing images with LiDAR apparatus, tree density with Pilodyn device, collect needles, and measure tree diameter with a electronic caliper.

Work in some of the forests may require overnight at a cottage. A separate room will be provided for each of the Field-work team members, and whenever possible the cottage will have a kitchen. The transportation and pernoctation costs (not the food) are covered by the project. The project will provide adequate clothing for the forest work and offer vaccine against ticks (this voluntary).


The applicants must have the ability to work in the forest in various seasons. The applicants are also expected to have a collaborative attitude and be able to communicate preferable in both English and Swedish. It is preferable if the candidate has a swedish driver's license.

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Form of employment:

Hourly paid temporary employment. This means that you will be offered work on occasional short-term occasions during period 2023-09-30 to 2024-03-31. Employment opportunities are time-limited with the support of Section 5 of the Employment Protection Act. Being available in this way means that you can say yes or no to every job opportunity you are offered to work on and that a new employment relationship then begins. A job opportunity can last a few hours to several weeks.

Starting date:

Between 2023-09-30 to 2024-03-31


We welcome your application no later than 2023-09-25, please use 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.

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