Professor (fully tenured) in forest regeneration

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Department of Forest Ecology and Management

The department includes 100 people of which about ten are professors. The department conducts extensive teaching and research and has a large international exchange of researchers and students. The department shares a campus with Umeå University and has access to extensive and unique research infrastructures. The department's mission is to work for increased knowledge of forest ecosystems and the processes that drive them, as well as to further develop the principles for how forest ecosystems can be managed in order to fulfill the various goals of society and the forest owners. Read more about the department at .

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Subject Area

The subject area for the position is forestry with focus on forest regeneration, mainly in northern Sweden. The orientation covers the part of forest management systems that includes measures and methods for establishing new trees, in order to reach the goals desired.


The research shall comprise both basic and applied questions within the subject area relevant for current and future sustainable forestry management systems.

 Furthermore, the employee shall within the subject area for the position:

  • act in accordance with the vision, goals and core values of SLU,
  • contribute to the strategic development of the department, the faculty and SLU,
  • develop and lead an internationally successful environment for research,
  • develop knowledge about forest regeneration as a basis for future, sustainable, forest management systems with a special responsibility for northern Sweden,
  • publish scientific articles in international journals with peer-review,
  • apply for external funding in competition at national and international level,
  • supervise PhD candidates and Postdocs
  • lead, develop and participate in teaching and supervision of students at all levels,
  • collaborate with researchers within the department, faculty, SLU’s experimental sites and other parts of SLU, as well as nationally and internationally,
  • collaborate and develop regional, national and international networks with the society at large,
  • disseminate research findings, and
  • Perform administrative duties within the department, the faculty and the university.

Non Swedish-speaking staff members are expected to, within four years of first being employed, have sufficient knowledge of Swedish/Scandinavian to understand information in Swedish.


The applicant must:

  • have a doctoral degree in a subject area relevant for the position,
  • be scientifically skilled within the subject area for this position,
  • be pedagogically skilled, and
  • have good knowledge of English.

Assessment criteria

Assessment criteria for appointment of a professor will primarily be based on the degree to which the applicant possesses the required qualifications specified for the position.

The assessment of scientific skills will consider:

  • completed research activities and ongoing research within the subject area,
  • future research vision within the subject area
  • ability to independently initiate, lead and develop successful research within the subject area,
  • ability to attract external funding in competition, and
  • ability to supervise and examine at doctoral level and supervise Postdocs.

The assessment of pedagogic skills will consider the ability to:

  • plan, conduct and evaluate their own teaching at all levels,
  • supervise and examine undergraduate, master level and graduate students,
  • convey and implement their pedagogical vision, and
  • integrate up-to-date research and scientific approaches into teaching.

The assessment of other skills will consider:

  • ability to develop and manage academic units and staff,
  • ability to communicate within and outside academia,
  • ability to collaborate with external stakeholders and society at large, and
  • cooperation skills.

The position will be offered to the person who, after a qualitative overall assessment, is assessed to be most suitable to carry out and develop the above-mentioned duties and to contribute to the positive development of the organization.

Application deadline:

20th of December, 2023

Place of work:




Form of employment:

Permanent employment

Starting date:

By agreement.


It is desirable that the application is written in English, as the applications will be assessed by experts both in Sweden and abroad.

For the guidance of your application, there is SLU's appointment procedure for teachers at SLU and General assessment criteria for the appointment of teachers, which you can read here .

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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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