Postdoctoral position in Analysis of soil and water monitoring data and effects of agricultural management practices

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Uppsala, , SE

The Department of Soil and Environment is looking for a Post doc for longterm soil and water monitoring and scalable effects of best management practices in agricultural landscapes.

The department conducts research, environmental analysis and education in soil science and sustainable land use. The majority of the department’s activities and employees are located in the Soil-Water-Environment building on the SLU Ultuna campus in Uppsala, and there is a research group with a field research station situated in Skara.

Position description:

The overall aim with this postdoc position is to contribute new insights on the environmental effectiveness and scalable impact of BMP implementation for improved water quality. The specific tasks is to conduct research to:

  • Develop, and analyse environmental data with reference to water quality, land management and BMPs  in Swedish agricultural landscapes.
  • Design and test innovative approaches in the use of monitoring data with other data sources (e.g., modelled, remote sensing) to decouple short- and long-term anthropogenic effects from natural and climatic impacts at landscape scale.
  • Support identification and development of environmental monitoring protocols and data management (as relevant). 
  • Relate results to ecosystems services framework and/or other relevant environmental and production goals, such as Swedish environmental objectives (miljömål), Agenda 2030 and EU Water directive.

The post doc is expected to gain professional independence in leading development of scientific publications, proposal and project developments during the postdoc period. Contributions to the team efforts on research publications and communication of research findings is expected. Additional career development opportunities can be offered through participation in teaching and /or outreach activities in agreement with supervisor

The postdoc position will be based at the Department of Soil and Environment, SLU Uppsala. The postdoc will be part of the Agricultural Water Management team, under supervision of Professor Jennie Barron, and additional support by Dr Katarina Kyllmar. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates who obtained a doctoral degree within the last five years.


We are seeking an ambitious early career candidate who wants to develop in an internationally renowned research environment of SLU, Department of Soil and Environment.


  • Applicants should have a PhD in science disciplines, such as ecology, hydrology, physical geography/earth and environmental sciences, soil sciences, agronomy, applied mathematics or statistics, or related fields. The candidate will have proven interests and track-record on applied environmental analysis for agricultural or other landuse systems.
  • The PhD should be obtained 2015 or later.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate that (s)he independently can initiate, conduct and complete research projects; and to generate and publish the findings in international peer-reviewed journals. Excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral) are required.


  • Experience of application of environmental data management, monitoring, modelling and/or statistical applications is a merit, especially within field of hydrology, agro-meteorology, land use/land management, agriculture and/or ecosystem services.
  • Experience and/or awareness from  practical work related to water management and governance  at landscape scale is a merit.
  • Skills of programming (R, Matlab, Python or similar) , numerical modelling, RS-GIS, statistical evaluation is an advantage.
  • It is an advantage to speak/write Swedish.

Place of work:

Uppsala, Sweden

Form of employment:

The position is limited to 2 year with potential further extension.



Starting date:

September 2020 or according to agreement

Contact person:

Jennie Barron 

Professor, Agricultural Water Management

Department for Soil and Environment

Ph +46 (72)4531540

j[email protected]                            


We welcome your application no later than 2020-06-30, use the button below.





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