The Department of Forest Economics is engaged in research and education in circular bioeconomy with focus on business administration, natural resource economics, economics, and policy, with a particular focus on the sustainable development of forest-related natural resources. The Department contributes to education at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, and is responsible for Bachelor and Master degree programs as well as offering Ph.D. education in business administration and economics. The Department is located at two campuses: Ultuna (Uppsala) and Umeå. The Department has strong research domestic and international connections: we hold the editorial office of the Journal of Forest Economics; we are a key partner in the joint SLU/Umeå University – Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics; we host the head office of European Forest Institute’s Forest Bioeconomy Network, among many others.

Department of Forest Economics

The Department of Forest Economics has an open postdoctoral position in Business Administration, with a focus on Market Development of Wood-Based Insulation and Energy Savings. The Department of Forest Economics has a long tradition of research on the forest-based bioeconomy. The group also has a large network of contacts and ongoing collaborations with scientists within Forest Economics and Forest Market Analysis.

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Energy consumption in residential buildings is one of the most energy-demanding sectors. European housing needs to store and reduce energy for heating. However, most improvements are today based on non-renewable materials. The postdoctoral position is linked to a study with partners from Austria, Italy, Sweden, and Turkey on options for renewable energy storage and insulation technologies.

The postdoc will perform data collection and analyses of potential value stream designs and market development for biobased energy storage and insulation in different countries. Market actor attitudes and views towards insulation and energy savings will be studied.

The research involves qualitative interviews with stakeholders, and survey studies in different countries. This data will be analyzed using business analysis methods. The research will generate an understanding of sustainable business strategies to expand the use of biobased insulation and energy storage materials.


The successful candidate holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration, Forestry Sciences with a focus on industry development and strategy, Technology with a focus on Industrial Engineering and Management, or similar.  Since a postdoctoral appointment is a career-developing position for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates who obtained a doctoral degree within the last three years. Experience within the forest industrial sector, wood construction, and sustainable business development is an advantage. Knowledge about business research methods and different survey methodologies is highly valued. The candidate has to be fluent in spoken and written English and have excellent communication skills. The candidate should enjoy working in a group environment, as well as demonstrate a solid ability to work independently to advance the research.

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden

Form of employment:

Temporary employment for 24 months



Starting date:

No later than October 2022, or by agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2022-09-15, use the button below.

With the application should be attached:

– A letter of application outlining your motivation for the position and your research interests, clearly describing required and desired qualifications (max one page).

– A research vision (max one page).

– A current CV including a list of publications and oral presentations

– A proposal in English that addresses suggested avenues of research for this project (no more than 2000 words, excluding references)

– A list of at least two reference persons and their contact information

– Copy of Ph.D. diploma and academic transcripts for all degrees

– Two writing samples the candidate believes are relevant for the position (e.g. peer-review journal articles published or under-review)

Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

Contact person

Anders Roos


Camilla Widmark

Associate professor Head of Department

+46 (0)70-2929018

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