At the Department of Ecology, we are conducting both empirical and theoretical research for sustainable forest and agricultural production and efficient biological conservation. Our research on populations, communities, and ecosystems forms the foundation for studying the influence of land use and climate change on animals, plants and soils. Solutions are sought that will improve greenhouse gas balances, preserve threatened species, benefit biological diversity and ecosystem services, sustainable wildlife management and control pests in forest and agricultural landscapes as well as in urban areas.


We are looking for a postdoc joining our ecosystems ecology group for working on three tasks related to carbon sequestration in agricultural soils: A meta-analysis of data from long-term field experiment quantifying subsoil carbon stock change rates, and secondly, to synthesize soil carbon models that explicitly represent subsoil dynamics and evaluate their sensitivity to changes in stabilization mechanisms with depth. The third task is to evaluate soil carbon balances in three Norwegian long-term grassland experiments based on existing data. The first two tasks are related to Soil organic carbon sequestration potential of agricultural soils in Europe; CarboSeq”, an internal project within EGP Soil (https://projects.au.dk/ejpsoil/)which is a European research consortium targeting climate change adaption and mitigation, sustainable agricultural production, ecosystem services and restoration and prevention of land and soil degradation. The third task relates to a larger project on carbon sequestration in grassland (https://www.nibio.no/en/projects/carbon-storage-in-long-and-short-term-grasslands). The position provides excellent opportunities for networking with scientists in a large number of European countries.


Applicants must hold a PhD in soil or environmental science, ecosystem ecology, physical geography, agricultural sciences or similar disciplines obtained within the last three years at the time of application. Applicants should have good knowledge in soil carbon cycling, especially in agricultural soils. Documented experience in applying meta-analyses methodology and of dynamic modelling will be considered as merits in our evaluation of candidates. Furthermore, experience in conducting extensive literature reviews and synthesizing results, as well as building databases is highly relevant. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are expected.

Selection of qualified applicants will be based on the written application (in English), including a curriculum vitae, publication list, personal references and a personal letter (up to one page) explaining why you applied for the position.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months



Starting date:

According to agreement


We welcome your application no later than January 20, 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

Thomas Kätterer


+46 18 672425


Martin Bolinder


+46 18 672257


Carlos Sierra



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