Phd student, biology

Updated: 7 months ago

The position is placed at the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå, Sweden. The department offers a creative and stimulating environment and perform internationally recognised basic and applied research, education and environmental monitoring in the research areas: animal ecology, aquatic ecology, molecular ecology and restoration ecology (see ). The department has a large proportion of international employees and well established national and international cooperation which gives opportunities for fruitful exchange.

Can translocation of dead wood substrates and associated speciesbe used to improve ecological compensation?


To date, ecological compensation have rarely been used in Sweden, but there is now an increased interest in ecological compensation as a mean to mitigate the negative effects of anthropogenic land-use on biodiversity. At the same time, there is a great need for improving effectiveness of ecological compensation. Recently, the mining company Boliden was granted a permit to increase sand storage area in the Aitik mine by 376 ha, thus clearing old-growth forests with high conservation values. The Land and Environmental Court of Appeal decided that ecological compensation areas should be created to compensate for the impact.

The project objective is to evaluate a novel unique method for ecological compensation and restoration used at Aitik, i.e. translocation of dead wood substrates with associated species of different organism groups (insects, wood fungi, lichens and bryophytes) from an impact area to the compensation area. We will assess if the translocation of dead wood will increase biodiversity in the compensation area, ultimately supporting the same kind of biodiversity as found in the impact area lost due to the Aitik mine expansion.

We search for a skilled and motivated PhD candidate with an interest in restoration ecology and conservation of saproxylic (wood-living) organisms. The work tasks at hand include to plan and conduct field work, perform statistical analyses of collected data and manuscript writing. The student will work as an integrated part in a well-established research group (the restoration ecology group) with a well-developed national and international network providing good opportunities for collaboration.  


Applicants should have at least MSc in Forestry, Biology or equivalent. Applicants should preferably have good field skills and knowledge of statistical analyses (preferably R statistical software) and experience of ArcGIS. Good communication (written and spoken) skills in English are required. Knowledge of a deadwood-dependent organism group is a merit. Driver’s license is required.

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We welcome your application no later than 2019-03-22, use the button below.

The application can be written in English or Swedish and should contain a maximum two page motivation of the applicant suitability for, and interest in, the position. Enter the name and contact details of two reference persons in your application.

To be eligible for admission to a PhD-education an applicant should have an advance level university exam or a four year university education of which at least one year should be on advanced level.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the MSc or undergraduate thesis, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your apssport with your personal data and phograghy.

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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.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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