Postdoctoral position, Achieving sustainable agriculture under future climatic conditions (modeler)

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Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

The department undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems.


One of the most pressing challenges in agriculture is how to ensure food security and promote long-term social-economic development whilst maintaining healthy, sustainable ecosystems capable of quickly adapting to changing environments such as climate change. This challenge calls for a shift of disease management strategies in agriculture focusing on the sole task of high productivity to multiple-functionary agriculture aiming to balance the needs among social, economic and ecological components. Our knowledge of epidemiological and evolutionary responses of major plant pathogens, crop production and ecological functions etc. to the change of agricultural practices in future climatic conditions is limited but important to achieve the multifaceted role of agriculture.


The postdoctoral scientist will work on an initiative (and strategic) project supported by the university to predict how change of disease management strategies by adopting different agricultural practices may affect the epidemiological and evolutionary patterns of plant pathogens, productivity and resilience of crops, soil health, and economic and ecological benefits to growers and society (externality) in future climatic conditions. The main model systems will be wheat-Zymoseptoria tritici and potato-Phytophthora infestans. The post-doctor is expected to develop mathematical and simulating models to digitally evaluate the short- and long-term impacts of agricultural practices and climate changes on agricultural sustainability and publish results in relevant journals.  The candidate is also expected to involve in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students when necessary. The successful candidate will mainly be working at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala but is expected to be flexible when it comes to travelling to collaborating research groups domestically and internationally.


We are looking for a highly motivated applicant who holds a PhD degree in epidemiology, evolutionary ecology, computing biology, system biology or relevant fields. Documented experience in mathematical and simulating modelling is required. Strong background in at least one of the following subjects; statistical genetics, host-pathogen interaction, functional ecology, empirical knowledge of molecular, genomic and phenotypic aspects of microbes and plants in agroecosystems are highly valued. Referred publications in good international journals are also highly valued. Ability to communicate and present research well in English are required and experience with one or more programming languages (Perl, or R) is an advantage. Good teamwork, independence, strong work ethic, accuracy and cultural sensitivity are valued. Selection of qualified applicants will be based on the written application (in English) including a curriculum vitae (CV) and personal references. Selected candidates will be subjected to an interview.

The application should be prepared in English with 1-2 pages (A4) description of why you want to apply for the project. Please include the names and contact details of three referees in your application.

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Uppsala, Sweden Form of employment:

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Fixed term employment of 24 months.

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By agreement, the position is immediately available.


We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-30, use the button below.

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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