At the Ecology Centre of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in Uppsala, Sweden, we conduct research on populations, communities and ecosystems. We generate knowledge on how land use and climate affects animals, plants, nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas balance, and develop sustainable solutions for the future. Active outreach and frequent dialogue with stakeholders are key activities.


The postdoctoral researcher will compile published phylogenetic, ecological and geographical data on European butterflies and their host plants. They will then use network analysis, inference of host repertoire evolution, and species distribution models to predict future changes in local butterfly-plant networks and the meta-network that includes the entire European continent. The project will be conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science of the University of Helsinki (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-life-science). In this setting, the researcher will, as project leader, extend current models of host-repertoire evolution to infer current fundamental host repertoires, analyze phylogenetic and spatial data, and write and publish scientific papers in collaboration with the extended research team.


A PhD in Ecology is required. The candidate should have published papers on evolution of butterfly-plant interactions and have developed models for Bayesian inference of host repertoire evolution. Advanced skills in R and Rev programming languages are also needed, as is international post doctoral experience. To implement the project necessitates in-depth knowledge of the phylogenetic relationships among European butterflies. The candidate is expected to be capable and willing to take initiative and work independently as well as in a team. The candidate should have documented skills in scientific writing. We put strong emphasis on personal character including good collaborative skills. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden.

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 36 months



Starting date:

October 1, 2021, or according to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2021-01-31, use the button below.

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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

Tomas Roslin


+46 18 672 383



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