The Department of Animal Nutrition and Management (HUV) conducts basic and applied research on feeding, nutrition and management of several animal species, including production animals within agriculture, reindeer husbandry and aquaculture, as well as sport and pet animals. The goal is to secure sustainable animal management, and achieve profitable production with high animal welfare and that provides high quality food. HUV is responsible for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education in nutritional physiology, feed science and animal management. HUV offers an inspiring research environment where metabolic processes, nutrient utilization, animal management and their interactions are studied in a range of production systems. Local and global perspectives are important in our research

Our research on ruminant nutrition is mainly on dairy cows. Our primarily focus are the effects of feeding on metabolism, production and the environment, but also includes effects of animal management on these factors. We study how grazing, feeding strategies based on forage and by-products and how different feed structures affect animal welfare and sustainability in conventional and organic herds. Furthermore, we investigate how feeding influences the gastro-intestinal microbiota both in young and adult animals.

Subject area

The subject covers ruminant nutrition, with an emphasis on the metabolism and production of dairy cows.


The candidate, should, within the subject area:

  • develop and lead internationally competitive research
  • develop and lead education at basic and advanced level
  • develop and lead education at postgraduate level and supervise PhD students
  • plan and carry out teaching and supervision of students at undergraduate and graduate level
  • be able to teach in Swedish within four years
  • have excellent knowledge in both written and spoken English
  • maintain existing, and develop new, national and international networks and collaborations with academia, relevant agencies, organizations, stakeholders and society at large
  • support the strategic development of the Department, the Faculty and SLU
  • collaborate with others within the Department and with other research disciplines
  • disseminate and communicate research findings and contribute with relevant knowledge to society
  • apply for external research funding at national and international level.

In addition to providing education within ruminant nutrition, lecturing within related areas at undergraduate level may also be required. Administrative duties are a part of the responsibilities.


The successful candidate shall:

  • have a doctoral degree in Animal Science
  • have qualifications requiered to be a docent/associate professor or equivalent
  • be scientifically skilled within the subject area of this appointment
  • have documented experience as the main supervisor for PhD students
  • have a proven ability to lead and develop a successful research group
  • have a proven ability to obtain external research funding in competition
  • have taken courses in university teaching or equivalent
  • be pedagogically skilled, and have the ability to integrate research and scientific perspectives in teaching
  • have a very good ability to communicate in written and spoken English.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a Professor shall first of all be the degree of the scientific expertise required as a qualification for employment.

The assessment of scientific skills will consider:

  • past and ongoing research
  • ability to independently initiate and lead outstanding research
  • ability to obtain external research funding in competition.

The assessment of pedagogic skills will consider:

  • planning, conducting, evaluating and developing teaching and examination
  • experience of supervision of PhD students
  • ability to convey and implement a pedagogic vision.

Furthermore, the assessment will take into account the applicant’s degree of documented competence:

  • to lead and develop personnel within the academia
  • in collaborating with society at large
  • in dissemination of information on research and development projects.

Primary emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s scientific skills.

Equal attention will be given to the assessment of pedagogic skills as to the assessment of scientific skills.

Personal qualities and suitability will be assigned high value.

This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Uppsala has a rich history and culture and is located in the greater Stockholm region, which is an academic and cultural hub. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at www.sweden.se 

Application deadline


Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden



Form of employment

Permanent employment

Starting date

By agreement


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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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