The centre carries out research, teaching and dissemination of information on forest management in southern Sweden. The research is focused on subjects particularly relevant to southern Sweden, such as the silviculture of deciduous and mixed forests, alternatives to spruce, management of forests with extensive butt-rot, high quality production on fertile sites, damage caused by native and invasive forest pest and pathogens, and competition between ground vegetation and tree seedlings. The research is carried out in close co-operation with the forest industry and other stakeholders in society. Teaching: Courses are held in variety of forest-related topics for Swedish and international students at the bachelor and master level

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Forest health is affected by many factors such as climate change, changes in land use, and global trade which can introduce new invasive threats. To effectively manage forest health requires an understanding of the biology, ecology and epidemiology of important native and exotic damaging agents, microbial and insect interactions of forest trees including host symbioses and tree defence mechanisms, and how damage can be anticipated and managed through silvicultural practices or other preventative measures. Particularly in southern Sweden, the increasing co-occurrence of drought and other stressors, coupled with the pressures to achieve the goals of multi-functional forestry, means that better options are needed to increase resilience in forest and peri-urban environments. The Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre therefore announces an Associate Senior Lecturer position in forest pathology.

The Associate Senior Lecturer shall develop their own research profile within the subject area but with special emphasis on detection and monitoring, chemical ecology, and tree resistance to abiotic and biotic stress. Research is expected to be in close collaboration with other researchers at the department, at other units in the Faculty of Forest Sciences at SLU, and at other universities in Sweden and internationally.


The holder is expected to:

  • teach on basic- advanced and PhD-levels
  • develop and lead successful research in the subject,
  • develop and maintain national and international networks with researchers, industry, and society in general,
  • communicate ongoing research and research results,
  • acquire pedagogic skills by teaching and taking part in pedagogic training offered by EPU,
  • contribute to Department’s research environment and communication activities, and
  • actively apply for external research funding.


The applicant must:

  • have obtained the degree of PhD in related subject area (forest pathology, plant pathology or chemical ecology). The PhD-exam should preferably not be older than five years, but special circumstances can motivate older PhD-exam. Examples of special circumstances are absence due to sick-leave or parental-leave etc.
  • have proven scientific skills within the subject area of the position, and
  • have good oral and written communication skills in English.

Assessment criteria

Assessment for the appointment will be based on the degree to which the candidate possesses the skills to qualify for the position. The applicant’s scientific qualifications will be most important criteria for assessment.

When assessing the scientific skills, consideration will be given to:

  • experience in more than one research environment corresponding to a doctoral degree or postdoctoral period from another university,
  • ability to develop an independent line of research in the subject area, and possibilities to reach the merits for senior lecturer,
  • completed research efforts and ongoing research,
  • ability to conduct research together with stakeholders in society and across disciplines, and
  • experience of applying for and obtaining external research grants.

In addition to the assessment criteria’s above, the applicant’s personal qualifications for this positions will be assessed. 

Application deadline


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Form of Employment

Temporary employment, 4 years.

Starting date

By agreement


It is desirable that the application is written in English, because the applications will be evaluated by expert advisers both in Sweden and abroad.

A guide for applicants “Appointment procedures for SLU” and a “Memorandum for Guidance in connection with applications for appointment/promotion to professor and senior lecturer at SLU” can be found here.

Use the document Application guidelines for appointment as professor, senior lecturer or associate senior lecturer at SLU as a guide when you fill in your application.

The scientific and pedagogic documentation submitted in support of the application shall be indicated in the application. At most 5 scientific publications and at most 5 pedagogic publications, including popularized versions, should be submitted in support of the application. In addition a complete list of publications shall be supplied; the publications submitted with the application must be indicated.

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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.

Contact person

Vilis Brukas

Head of Department

+46 (0)40-415198


Ulrika Ganeteg

Research Officer

+46 (0)90-786 8431


Michelle Cleary

Associate Professor

+46 (0)40-415181



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