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 making data available, and by describing and presenting facts about biodiversity. We interact nationally and internationally, with the benefit of conservation in focus. Now we recruit a person who will model and project the distribution and dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Depending on your expertise, you will developing models for the spatial distribution or dynamics of forest species, or make projections using available models for biodiversity and ecosystem services assuming scenarios. We study how scenarios of socio-economic policy or development, climate change or forest management on different spatial scales (global, EU, landscape) may affect the future delivery of ecosystem services, biodiversity and human wellbeing. We also investigate conflicts and synergies between these, e.g. based on optimization. The work is funded by Formas and our ERA Net projects BioESSHealth (www.biodiversa.org/1400) and Multiforest.


Applicants should hold a PhD in ecology, forestry planning, statistics or equivalent. Required is earlier research on either modeling species or community distribution or dynamics, or on forestry planning using simulation or optimization. Good knowledge on analysis using the software R, OpenBUGS or JAGS is desirable. There will be focus on personal qualities, such as the ability to work together, analytical and problem-solving ability as well as the ability to work independently. Such characteristics can make a positive contribution to the development of a research group. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed their PhD within three years before the application deadline. It is however not a requirement – we are looking for a motivated person who has an interest in population/community ecology, modelling and conservation applications.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months.



Starting date:

As agreed.


We welcome your application by January 17, 2021. Please use the Apply button below.

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

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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.

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