Ref SLU ua 2020.2.5.1-4394

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology in Uppsala

The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology offers a stimulating and international research environment. Research at the department include interactions between microorganisms and plants as well as mycology, microbial ecology and evolution. Central themes are plant pathology, biodiversity and nutrient and carbon cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems. The position is placed in the Soil Microbiology team, which performs fundamental and applied research in functional microbial ecology, especially within the nitrogen cycle.


The postdoctoral researcher will do research on functional community ecology of microorganisms involved in nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. The central theme is the interplay between organisms/pathways that are sources and sinks of the greenhous gas nitrous oxide. The work primarily includes analyses of metagenomes and prokaryote genomes, as well as data analyses and writing of scientific articles, but could also include conducting microcosm experiments and laboratory work. 


We are looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented candidate who is interested in microbial ecology. A PhD degree in biology or microbiology, preferably microbial ecology or another relevant subject is required. The candidate should have documented experience in bioinformatics and experience with analyses of metagenomes and prokaryotic genomes is highly warrented. Good knowledge in statistics is desired. Experience with experimental work and molecular ecology methods are merits.

The applicant should have documented capabilities of autonomous scientific research work and skills in writing scientific publications. The working language is English and good skills in English (both written and oral) are required.

A postdoctoral position is a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, intended primarily for those who have obtained a doctorate degree within the past three years.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 24 months.



Starting date:

By agreement but no later than May, 2021.


We welcome your application no later than December 22, 2020, use the button below. 

Interested applicants should submit the following: 1) Cover letter in English; 2) CV, including the date of PhD defense, list of published work, and names and contact information for two personal references; 3) Copies of transcripts of academic records, and a link to/copy of doctoral thesis; 4) If the applicant is a foreign citizen, we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to the written application, including CV, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, publication history, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview. 

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

Sara Hallin


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