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Postdoc position in modelling plant-environment interactions

Postdoc position in modelling plant-environment interactions


Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)


Uppsala, Sweden


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP)

Full time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
24 April 2019

8 March 2019

Job description

Societies need to achieve food security while minimizing the negative environmental impacts of agriculture. Identifying solutions for agroecosystems that are sustainable in the long term and are robust to changes in climate requires considering environmental and technological limits, and the tradeoffs implicit in contrasting needs. In particular, there is an emerging interest in the use of perennial grain crops, which are under development, for their ability to provide food as well as many ecosystem services. Yet, a shift from annual to perennial crops presents several potential tradeoffs, which are mediated by crop traits as well as climatic and soil conditions. We are searching for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to explore such tradeoffs using mathematical models. The results will be related to empirical data from field sites in Sweden and the USA.

The position will be associated with the project “Examining the prospects of perennial grain crops for sustainable food production” – a collaboration between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Sweden and The Land Institute and the University of Kansas in the USA.


The postdoctoral researcher should be interested in developing, evaluating, and applying mathematical and stochastic methods for the assessment of the interactions among plants and the environment in managed ecosystems, with the aim of contrasting annual and perennial crops. The work will include development of novel process-based mathematical models, use of existing ones, and collation and analyses of ecophysiological, environmental and climatic data. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to take active part to develop the project and to write and publish science in collaboration with the research team. The successful candidate will enter a world leading research team working with perennial crops from different perspectives, with combined empirical and theoretical expertise (,,


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is actively pursuing an academic career with an interest in the development and use of mathematical models to describe plant-environment interactions. The required qualification for the position is a PhD that can be in hydrology, earth and environmental sciences, plant biology, ecology, agronomy, applied mathematics, or related fields. Previous experience in model development and use is required. The applicant shall also have a demonstrated ability to independently 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. It is meriting that the candidate has also i) documented research experience with and interests in models coupling plants, ecosystems, and environmental conditions; and ii) computing and coding skills in MatLab, R, Phyton, Mathematica, or other programming languages for data analysis and model implementation.

Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden
The position is based at the Department of Crop Production Ecology, part of the Ecology Centre at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in Uppsala, Sweden. The research conducted within the department generally aims at improving crop productivity and sustainability, considering the interactions with the surrounding environment. The Ecology Center offers a stimulating research environment, involving scientists with very diverse and complementary expertise. Furthermore, the location in Uppsala allows collaborations also with researchers at Uppsala University, Stockholm University and KTH

How to apply

We welcome your application no later than April 24th, 2019. Please use the application button at the bottom of the call for application page, on SLU job vacancies website:

The application must be written in English and contain: i) a statement of scientific interests and motivation for applying to this position, highlighting current research interests and other activities of relevance for the position (max 8000 characters including spaces); ii) Curriculum Vitae including a complete publication list, separating peer-reviewed papers from other publications; iii) contact information to at least two reference persons; iv) copies of previous university degrees and transcripts of academic records.