Postdoc - retention forestry, biodiversity & microclimate

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Full Time
6 days ago

SLU Swedish Species Information Centre is a national center for species and habitats. We contribute to a sustainable management of the natural resources by collecting, analyzing and make data available, and by describing and presenting facts about biodiversity. We interact nationally and internationally, with a conservation benefit in focus. Now we recruit a person who will research the conservation benefits of retention forestry for biodiversity and microclimate buffering.


Your postdoc research project will focus on the conservation benefits of forest Norway spruce retention patches in central Sweden, in relation to clear-cut and mature forests. More specifically, you will analyze experimental and field-based data of growth and vitality of several bryophyte species and the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria in forest retention patches of different characteristics and age, in relation to microclimate and clear-cut and mature forests. The postdoc is one year, with possible extension for a second year. Your task the second year may also be to research the microclimatic buffering potential of retention patches, also including bryophyte responses to the 2018 summer drought. Field-based data and micro-climate data have already been collected within the project. Collaborating SLU departments are also the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies in Umeå and the Department of Ecology in Uppsala.


Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in ecology, forestry, environmental science or equivalent. Required is earlier research on forestry, biodiversity, or forest-microclimate interactions. Excellent skills in written and oral communication in English are required. Good knowledge of statistical analyses and R (or equivalent programming) along with a strong publication record (in relation to the time since dissertation) is meriting. The applicant is supposed to be able to take own initiatives and work both independently and in a group. Important are also personal characteristics contributing to a positive development of a research group. Since employment as a postdoctoral fellow constitutes a merit-based employment for junior researchers, priority will be given to those who have a doctoral degree that is not older than three years. However, the time span is not a requirement - we are looking for a highly motivated person who is keen to contribute to the research field.

In the research collaboration at SLU Swedish Species Information Centre we interact in English. SLU Swedish Species Information Centre in general is, however, a largely Swedish-speaking workplace and collaboration with Swedish authorities and other Swedish actors takes place mainly in Swedish in speech and writing. SLU offers courses in Swedish at different levels.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 12 months, possibly with an extension to 24 months.



Starting date:

According to agreement


Välkommen med din ansökan via ansökningsknappen nedan senast den 2022-02-01.

Specific documents attached: CV including list of publications, maximum five papers, a description of earlier research (maximum two page), of current research interest and the research that you would like to conduct within the position (maximum one page), name and address to at least two reference persons. We may ask you to send you PhD thesis at a later stage.

Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

Contact person

Mari Jönsson

Docent/Associate Professor

+46 (0)18 67 25 83