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Ph.D. vacancy in Biology, Ecology at the Swedish Uni of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden 2022


Ph.D. vacancy in Assessing biodiversity patterns in managed and natural Swedish boreal forests at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden Mar 2022


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Aug or Sept 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Forest Ecology and Management

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden


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Qualification Details

We seek a motivated and enthusiastic individual with good oral and written communication skills. We also seek a candidate who can work effectively in a team environment. The candidate must have a completed MSc degree.  The ideal candidate would have a BSc and MSc degree in subjects such as Biology, Ecology, or a natural resource conservation related field.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Society is actively debating the role of rotational forestry in delivering a multitude of ecosystem services, including biomass production, biodiversity, and climate benefits. These debates are based on incomplete information about how these ecosystem services are delivered across the full rotational time scale of managed forests relative to comparable timescale of young and old forests originating from natural wildfire disturbance.  We seek a new PhD student to work within an interdisciplinary project comparing ecosystem services in managed versus natural forests.  The project will focus upon two parallel chronosequences (forest age gradients), a wildfire and managed forest gradient. The PhD position will focus on assessing a variety of stand level biodiversity variables within this study system.  Biodiversity variables may include plants, lichens and fungi, as well as characterize forest structural attributes that may help to explain biodiversity patterns. The work may include traditional survey techniques as well as innovative approaches such as Lidar and Next Generation DNA sequencing. The position will complement work carried out by other project participants working on forest carbon stocks and fluxes, and as well as other variables relevant for understanding the climate impact of forestry.

The main supervisor for the PhD student will be Professor Michael Gundale (SLU, Umeå) and Dr. Maja Sundqvist (SLU, Umeå) will be the co-supervisor.

We seek a PhD student to use traditional survey methods, as well as novel technological approaches to assess forest biodiversity, with a focus primarily on Plants, Lichens, and Fungi. The work will be carried out in northern Sweden (Norrland and Västerbotten), and will require extensive field and lab work. The student is expected to develop at least 4 scientific papers focused on forest biodiversity and a PhD thesis.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application should contain the following written in English: 1) a cover letter describing yourself and your interest and match for the above mentioned project; 2) a CV describing your education and relevant work experiences, as well as any publications, if any; and 3) names and contact information for three references; 4) degree certificates; 5) a copy of your Master’s Thesis.

To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master’s) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here:

Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport’s information page containing their photograph and personal details.

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About the Department/Section/Group

The department includes about 100 people of which 11 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management. For more information:

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Note or Other details

Place of work: Umeå
Forms for funding or employment: Employment 4 years as a PhD student
Starting date: Suggested start is August or September 2022 or according to agreement.

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Contact details

Michael Gundale
[email protected]


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