Postdoctoral position in freshwater ecology and forest management

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Umeå, Sweden
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Department of Forest Ecology and Management

We are looking for a Postdoctoral fellow to participate in a research project, ‘New ways to improve water protection from forestry practices?’, at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden. The department includes 100 people of about 10 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management.

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The project goal is to understand the resiliency of small streams in managed forest landscapes.  The position will be based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå, but will potentially include field travels across Sweden. The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Dr. Lenka Kuglerová and will actively collaborate with Prof. Larry Greenberg at Karlstad University. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Hjalmar Laudon and Dr. Johanna Lundström, who are project partners and members of the project team.  


In particular, we will investigate the effects of forest harvest on ecological integrity of small streams downstream of harvested areas. The main responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow is to empirically and experimentally investigate how forest harvesting adjacent to streams affects downstream stream reaches, and whether stream ecosystem processes and aquatic biota recover in streams that enter unharvested forest patches below clear-cuts. The postdoctoral fellow will also work with different riparian buffer management practices and study how buffers mitigate propagation of downstream effects. The exact response variables investigated in this project will be decided together with postdoc but they will represent various ecosystem quality indicators for boreal forests, therefore we are primarily looking for a freshwater ecologist. This project also links to a number of experiments running in the near by Krycklan catchment and other experimental areas, which offers a great opportunity for collaboration and participation in other projects for the candidate


We seek a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher who has a strong interest in stream and riparian systems, disturbance and resilience. The candidate should have expertise in lotic ecosystems, especially freshwater ecology. Other subject areas can include water quality, or hydrology. The most qualified applicants will have relevant experience with biological, ecological and physical processes in streams, field sampling in lotic ecosystems, and forestry practices, but does not need to be fully trained in all areas. Ability to program and analyze data in R is highly desirable, as is experience with spatial analyses and GIS software. Candidates must be able to write well in English and have experience at effectively communicate research findings within and outside of academia. Evidence of successful participation in team projects as well as the ability to work independently is essential. Previous peer-reviewed scientific publications are highly desirable

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates  with a doctoral degree that is a maximum of three years at the end of the application period.

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Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months



Starting date:

January - April 2021


We welcome your application no later than 2020-10-04, use the button below.

Interested applicants should submit the following:
1) Cover letter demonstrating the applicants motivation and interest in the topic (max 2 pages, in English) 2) C.V., including the date of disputation, the list of published work (if any), and names and contact information for three references  3) Copies of transcripts of academic records, or a link to/copy of doctoral thesis

Academic union representatives:

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

Dr. Lenka Kuglerova