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Postdoctoral position in cropping systems ecology at SLU, Sweden 2022


Postdoctoral position in cropping systems ecology with a focus on soil microbial ecology in perennial cereal production under drought stress at the Department of Biosystems and Technology, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden 2022


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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Biosystems and Technology

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden


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Qualification Details

The applicant should hold a recent PhD in biology, ecology or agricultural science or equivalent. The applicant must have documented experience in soil microbial ecology. Experience of practical (field and laboratory) as well as theoretical (analysis, interpretation and presentation) research work is required. Experience in the use of PLFA and NLFA, and perennial cereal production systems is desired. Excellent scientific writing and communication in English is expected.


Eligible candidates hold a recent PhD. A postdoctoral position is a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, intended primarily for those who have obtained a doctoral degree that is at the most three years old.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The person employed on this post-doc position will work in the project Nature-based perennial grain cropping as a model to safeguard functional biodiversity towards future-proof agriculture (NAPERDIV) investigating soil biology in model systems for perennial cereal production systems (sole crop and intercrop). The project partners includes five European countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Sweden. The post doc will focus on soil sampling in the Swedish field experiment and perform microbial analyses together with a range of explanatory parameters. The post doc will extract and analyse the fatty acid composition as indicator of the occurrence of different functional groups of soil microorganisms, bacterial activity, and perform soil nutrient availability analyses. The project will lead to increased understanding of how perennial cereal production influences the soil microbial community structure and function under dry conditions. The position includes cooperation with a doctoral student in a parallel project.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: SLU.ua.2022.2.5.1-807

Application Procedure

Applications should include: 1) CV with publications list, 2) a certified copy of PhD-exam, 3) a short (1-2 pages) application letter which describes how the candidate will develop this research area based on previous research experiences, and 4) names and contact information for two reference persons.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of Biosystems and Technology performs research and education in several agricultural and horticultural disciplines. The group of cropping systems ecology focuses on the function, design, management and sustainability assessments of multifunctional cropping systems and their components in an agroecological perspective. The goal is to apply the knowledge on the production of healthy and high quality food and fodder, as well as feedstock for bioenergy and biomaterials, in conventional and organic agriculture with regard to environmental goals and climate changes.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

Place of work:

Alnarp, Sweden

Form of employment:

6 months with a possible extension



Starting date:

As soon as possible, by agreement

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Contact details

Linda-Maria Dimitrova Mårtensson
Associates Professor
[email protected]

Georg Carlsson
[email protected]

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