Professor of Ecology, Uppsala, Sweden

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Full Time
1 week ago

Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

Department of Ecology

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Uppsala is now recruiting a professor in ecology with focus on the role of plant communities in sustainable production ecosystems.

This fully-funded professorship is based at the Department of Ecology that is part of the SLU Ecology Centre together with the Department of Crop Production Ecology, Research and education at the Ecology Centre focuses on food and animal feed production, biomass and energy and how these interact with the environment. We explore how environmental conditions, ecology interactions and cultivation system designs affect not only yields and ecosystem services, but also product quality. The SLU Ecology Centre is a Nordic and European hub for sustainable agriculture, crop and environmental protection, wildlife management, honey bee health and forestry.

SLU is one of the largest centres for ecology research in the Nordic countries. It offers an outstanding and dynamic research environment with modern infrastructure. The SLU Ecology Centre belongs to the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (NJ). The faculty conducts research, teaching and environmental monitoring and assessment in agriculture and the environment that draws on the UN sustainable development goals. Whilst the faculty has a predominantly natural science profile, it also works within the humanities and social sciences.

Subject area

The subject area includes basic and applied questions with focus on the role of plant communities in sustainable production ecosystems of foods and bio raw materials, relevant to Swedish agriculture. The subject draws on empirical research and theories in community ecology and/or systems ecology.


The position includes the following tasks:

  • developing and leading an internationally competitive research environment, through successful research proposals and publication in international journals with a high impact factor;
  • contributing to the development of sustainable crop production systems through research, teaching and collaboration within academia, industry, organisations and society at large;
  • contributing to the development of multi, inter, and transdisciplinary research at both the faculty and SLU;
  • assuming a leadership and strategic role in the subject field and department – this may include staff and budget responsibility;
  • applying for external research funding from both national and international funding bodies;
  • developing, leading and participating in teaching at both first and second-cycle level;
  • developing and running third-cycle courses and study programmes and doctoral student supervision;
  • collaborating with research teams in the department, at the faculty and SLU;
  • providing information about research findings and sharing relevant knowledge with society at large.

Swedish and English are used in parallel at the department. The successful applicant will need to be able to conduct the majority of their duties in English. However, as Swedish is the university’s principal language, the successful applicant will be expected to have professional working knowledge of the language within four years of taking up the professorship. The department will provide support with language learning.


The applicant must:

  • hold a doctoral degree within a relevant subject and the qualifications required for appointment as a docent or their equivalent;
  • demonstrate scientific proficiency in the subject;
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and lead a research team;
  • have successfully competed for research funding;
  • demonstrate teaching expertise;
  • demonstrate the ability to integrate research and academic perspectives into their teaching;
  • have experience of collaborating with stakeholders and society;
  • have excellent English language skills.

Assessment criteria

The skills and proficiency of each candidate will be assessed to ensure that they meet the application criteria.

Scientific proficiency will be assessed based on:

  • completed and ongoing research;
  • ability to independently initiate and run outstanding research;
  • ability to compete for external research funding;
  • documented experience of multi, trans and interdisciplinary research.

The following will be taken into consideration when assessing teaching proficiency:

  • planning, implementation and examination in addition to evaluating their own teaching and courses;
  • supervising and examining doctoral students;
  • educative vision.

The following collaboration skills will be assessed:

  • The ability to interact and cooperate with relevant stakeholders and society.

In addition, the following be assessed:

  • leadership and the ability to develop the organisation and staff at the university and within academia;
  • ability to share information about research and research findings;
  • communication and collaboration skills.

An equal amount of emphasis will be placed on the assessment of both educational skills and scientific proficiency.

In addition to the qualification requirements, emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s personal suitability and aptitude.


Application deadline


Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden



Form of employment

Permanent employment

Starting date

By agreement


Use the document Application guidelines for appointment as professor, senior lecturer or associate senior lecturer at SLU as guide when you fill in your application.

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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.

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. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at

Located in the greater Stockholm region, the city of Uppsala has a rich history and culture, and is a true academic and cultural hub. Find out more about moving, living and working here at


Contact person

Sarah Hedenskog

Faculty Administrative Officer

Sönke Eggers

Head of Department

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