Senior Lecturer in freshwater ecology

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Uppsala, , SE

Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

A Senior Lecturer position in freshwater ecology is vacant at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment at SLU, Uppsala. The department is a leader in applied environmental research, with a responsibility for monitoring the ecological status of lakes and streams at the national level. Research at the department focuses on aquatic ecology and biodiversity, geochemical and hydrological processes, as well as aquatic ecotoxicology and organic environmental chemistry. The department has about 115 employees, half of whom are researchers / doctoral students and half are technical staff. The department is part of SLU’s Soil-Water-Environment Centre at the Ultuna Campus in Uppsala.

Within the faculty’s research area Environmental assessment: with focus on aquatic biodiversity we mainly study the structural and functional diversity of aquatic ecosystems and surrounding landscapes, often related to ongoing environmental change / impacts related to climate, eutrophication, altered hydromorphology, invasive species and environmental toxins. Research ranges from small-scale within-system to large-scale landscape-level processes that affect biodiversity. Studies include the importance of connectivity between terrestrial and aquatic systems for biodiversity, function and ecosystem services, as well as integration of meta-ecosystem and resilience concepts to better understand changes in the aquatic landscape. As part of our scientific collaboration with other authorities we develop biological indicators and decision-support systems to assess how environmental impacts affect aquatic ecosystems. One of our strengths is the linkage between research and environmental assessment, combined with expertise of different organism groups (e.g. plants and invertebrates) and functions (production and decomposition). Teaching is centred on courses in environmental assessment and multivariate statistics to underpin environmental assessments as well as ecology and basic courses for civil engineers on environmental problems and their effects on ecosystems.

Subject area

The subject area is aquatic ecology in lakes, streams and wetlands. Research includes studies of biodiversity, from communities to ecosystems, in particular in relation to different types of environmental change. The subject area does not include fish biology.


The senior lecturer should within freshwater ecology

  • develop and manage/lead teaching in ecology and environmental assessment at basic and advanced level, including doctoral level
  • supervise undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
  • contribute to the development of research and teaching within the discipline Biology with a specialisation in Ecology
  • lead and conduct successful research within the subject area
  • apply for competitive external research funding
  • develop and maintain international networks with researchers, with national authorities, and work across disciplines
  • communicate research and research findings and contribute with knowledge to society
  • teach and communicate with authorities in Swedish within four years of taking up the position.


The successful candidate must

  • hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications
  • be pedagogically skilled
  • be scientifically skilled in the subject area of the position
  • have good ability to communicate in written and spoken English.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a Senior Lecturer will primarily be based on the degree to which the applicant possesses the required qualifications specified for the position.

In assessing the research expertise, importance will be attached to

  • completed and ongoing research
  • the ability to independently initiate and conduct innovative research
  • ability to obtain external competitive research funds.

In assessing the teaching expertise, importance will be attached to

  • experience of planning, conducting and evaluating teaching
  • experience of supervision and examination at doctoral level
  • the ability to integrate research and a scientific approach in teaching.

Furthermore, the assessment will consider the applicant’s degree of expertise in

  • developing and managing activities and staff within the academy
  • communication and collaboration
  • interacting/collaborating with relevant stakeholders and society
  • the ability to inform/distribute research findings and development projects.

In the evaluation of the Senior Lecturer position particular emphasis is placed on the applicant’s scientific proficiency in freshwater ecology. Previous research in aquatic biodiversity, especially research on plants and/or invertebrates in fresh waters is meriting. Although special emphasis is placed on scientific proficiency, equal consideration will be given to assessing pedagogical proficiency, as well as proficiency of the other assessment criteria, in the evaluation of scientific proficiency.

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 

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Form of employment

Permanet employment

Starting date

According to 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.

Contact person

Richard Johnson

Professor, vice dekan för miljöanalys

018-67 31 27

[email protected]

Lars Sonesten


018-67 30 07

[email protected]

Eva Enström



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