PhD student, Forest management

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Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

SLU is ranked as number 1 in forest science in the world. At the department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre we carry out research, teaching and dissemination of scientific findings with direct application to the sustainable management of forests. You will join a multidisciplinary department, with global relevance and specialized expertise in forest ecology, silviculture, pathology, policy and planning. In our research and teaching is done in closely collaborate with multiple stakeholders that are part of our research and teaching. We also perform teaching at  bachelor, master’s programs and PhD level courses addressing all of these subject areas.

Establishment of fast growing broadleaves plantations – the future raw material for biofuels

Are you interested in conducting research on fast growing tree species? The person we are looking will, as part of a PhD, conduct research on establishment of several fast growing tree species (poplar, hybrid aspen) on forest and agricultural land together with an active research group. The project will focus on understand the processes needed for a successful regeneration. An important part of this is to understand how the tree species will perform at a specific site conditions, how growth-increasing treatment should be performed and how using genetics can overcome problems during the establishment. For this research, we will use a newly established experiment spanning across of southern Sweden, establish new field experiment combining regenerations studies, genetic trials and field experiments. This research will contribute to fill a major knowledge gap that can demonstrate the possible land-use for fast growing tree species, thus show the possibility and functionality for these species in a future bio-economy.


You must have a master’s degree in silviculture, forest science, biology, biostatistics, or equivalent, with focus on understanding plant plants growth, regeneration of forests, plant physiology, and soil chemistry. Other beneficial qualifications are experience of forestry analytics, using preferably R programming and good communications skills with fluency in written English. Special attention will be given to your analytical and problem-solving abilities and your ability to work independently as well as in a team. You should have demonstrated good skills at expressing yourself in English both orally and in writing. The project involves travel in connection to the field-work and a driver’s license is therefore required.

Attached to your application should be curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, as well as a link to or copy of your master’s thesis and two listed professional references with email addresses and phone numbers. Also attached to your application should be a written motivation or reflection, of a maximum of one A4-page written in English, discussing your personal interest in the topic of this study and in fast growing tree species in general.

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We welcome your application no later than 2021-06-01, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

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 dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, 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 passport with your personal data and photography.

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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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