Professor in Forest Damages

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 04 Jun 2021

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The Faculty of Technology has a broad range of activities across ten different departments where Linnaeus University conducts education and research in technical subjects. The Department of Forestry and Wood Technology offers thematic activities that span from plants to finished wood products. The forest as a resource with its benefits for the climate throughout the life cycle is the focus in all department activities. With this theme, the department addresses societal challenges and runs the knowledge environment entitled Linnaeus: Green sustainable development, and participates in the knowledge environment Advanced Materials.

This professorship position is funded through and part of a long-term collaboration among Södra (Sweden’s largest forest-owner industry group), IKEA and Linnaeus University, the objective of which is to develop and enhance competence, knowledge and education. The Knowledge Foundation will co-finance the position during the first 4 years. The collaboration, based on innovation and proximity, brings with it a creative and dynamic exchange of knowledge and skills between academia and participating industries for the clear benefit of businesses, owners, customers, researchers/teachers, students and society. Our vision is to set knowledge in motion and develop high-quality research and study programs for a student-centered sustainable social development.

Subject area for the position: professor in forest damages

Location until further notice: Växjö

Extent of employment: 100%

Job decription:

The subject area for this position is forest damages with a focus on different types of pests and pathoges that have economic and ecological significance in Swedish forestry. Damages in the forest costs Swedish forestry and the fiber-based industry many billions every year due to reduced growth and vitality, as well as damages which reduce the quality for the valuable timber  Climate change is likely to increase the risk of pathogenes and insect damage, while increasing international transport and plant trade are expected to introduce new pathogenes. In order for forestry to be able to meet society's need for raw materials within the transition to a circular bioeconomy, key competencies in forest research, such as forest protection, need to be strengthened.

The subject must have an overall approach, where forest management, ecophysiology and wood technology are integrated with biology and dispersal dynamics. In this way, sustainable solutions are developed that counteract forest damages in the forestry and processing industries. The research will also include the consequences of the management and control measures for the processing chain in the fiber-based industry as well as the possibility of balancing the different goals of forestry. The dynamic interplay between the pathogenes, the physiology and properties of the host tree, symbiontic microbes and environmental factors that counteract or benefit the pest are examples of relevant themes. Research in the subject area should also have an experimental base with field trials and laboratory activities.

Work tasks

In addition to conducting and developing research in the field described above, a professor has the following duties:

-   supervision of doctoral students and give courses at doctoral level

-   collaborate with research groups within and outside Linnaeus University

-   teach and develop courses at basic and advanced level

-   apply for external research funding at both national and international levels

-   develop infrastructure for research activities on forest damage

-   develop and maintain national and international networks with researchers, industry, industry and society in general, and

-   actively disseminate research information to society

A starting point for both research and teaching is the requirement for practical application in the forest industry as well as cooperation and collaboration with the forest industry in southern Sweden and internationally. The professor is expected to play an important role in the regional collaboration that takes place in the area.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to be employed as a professor, the applicant has demonstrated both scientific and pedagogical skills. (HF Chapter 4, Section 3)

In accordance with Linnaeus University’s appointment procedure, it is required that the person hired for a position as professor has demonstrated scientific ability through active, independent research according to current national standards both qualitatively and quantitatively, at a level that significantly exceeds that applicable for appointment as an associate professor.

The required scientific skills also include demonstrated ability in regard to planning and leading research. This applies to the management of research work where other doctoral researchers are involved as well as the supervision of doctoral students.

Pedagogical skills must have been demonstrated through teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. This includes planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching as well as supervision and examination.

Eligibility for this employment also requires the following:

Completed doctoral degree in an area relevant to the position.

Independent research experience within the field of ​​the position.

Experience of cooperation and collaboration with external and industrial partners.

Ability to communicate well in both spoken and written English.

Previous supervision of doctoral students up to a doctoral degree.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria when hiring a professor are the degree of such skills as required for eligibility for the appointment. The examination of the pedagogical skills shall be given as much consideration as the examination of scientific ability.

The applicant must have demonstrated proficiency in initiating, planning, leading and developing research projects in areas relevant to the subject forest damages, where experience from practical forestry is considered particularly important. Active international collaboration, which involves international networks and joint publications, international scientific organizations and editorial work, is also an advantage. Active international collaboration, involving international networks and joint publications, international scientific organisations and editorial work, is also an advantage.

The pedagogical skills must be significant, and have been demonstrated through merits and efforts in the teaching and development of educational activities at undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate levels.

Other merits are:

Experience of outdoor pedagogy, as well as knowledge in distance education based on learning platforms and other ICT tools.

Knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.

The expectation is that the applicant can teach in Swedish within a two-year period.

In the employment of new teachers at the University, the candidates, who are to be selected through an overall qualitative assessment of competence and skills, are those judged to have the best qualifications for implementing and developing current work tasks and contributing to the advancement of department activities.

Linnaeus University aims to take advantage of the qualities that an even distribution of gender and diversity bring to the organisation.

Last application date is April 6, 2021. 

Contact persons:

Questions regarding the focus and research area of the position are answered by

Head of Department, Jimmy Johansson


Questions concerning the employment are answered by

Human Resources, Kristofer Stahl, 0470- 708036,

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