Agriculture PhD Student Position Available @ SLU Swden: The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Swedish: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet) (SLU) is a university in Sweden. Although its head office is located in Ultuna, Uppsala, the university has several campuses in different parts of Sweden, the other main facilities being Alnarp in Lomma Municipality, Skara, and Umeå. Unlike other state owned universities in Sweden, it is funded through the budget for the Ministry for Rural Affairs.
Agriculture PhD Student Position Available @ SLU Swden
Department of Ecology in Uppsala
1 PhD student in the research education subject: Biology with specialization in Ecology
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Ecology of crop protection against insect pests in agriculture
Are you searching for a PhD project in which you, based on thorough ecological understanding, will develop sustainable solutions for agriculture and society? Would you like to communicate with stakeholders and collaborate internationally? Do you thrive in a multidisciplinary, international research environment? Then this PhD position in the research education subject ecology with the Agricultural Entomology team at the Department of Ecology, SLU should be of interest to you. Our PhD-education aims to develop your creative and analytical thinking and to strengthen your research, communication and outreach skills. The successful applicant will enter a dynamic and internationally distinguished research environment, and will actively develop the project and design the experiments.
Insect damage to crops is a serious problem that needs continuous attention and research to safeguard food security. Efficient and environmentally friendly crop protection is a key component of sustainable agriculture. To secure harvests without degrading biodiversity, ecosystem services, and the environment, we can combine a large number of tools and measures in integrated pest management (IPM) schemes. The backbone of IPM is the biological pest control provided by naturally occurring enemies to the pest (e.g. a rich community of predatory and parasitic insects and spiders). Thus, it is is imperative to acquire a thorough understanding of the ecology of the pest and its natural enemies, and how they and their interactions are affected by cropping practices and the environment.
Main aims of the project are (i) to explore the ecology underpinning the population regulation and dynamics of interacting damaging and beneficial arthropods in agricultural landscapes, and based on this, (ii) develop, test and promote sustainable pest control practices as part of IPM in major crops in Sweden.
Location: The position is based at the Ecology Centre at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in Uppsala, Sweden, but field work can take place in other locations throughout Sweden. The centre includes the Department of Ecology where we conduct research and education for sustainable agriculture, forest production and biological conservation. Our basic research on populations, communities and ecosystems forms the foundation for understanding the impact of land use and climate on animals, plants, soil nutrient status and greenhouse gas balance. Solutions are sought that will mitigate climate change, preserve threatened species, benefit biological diversity and ecosystem services and control pests in managed agricultural, forested and urban landscapes. Active dissemination, outreach and frequent contacts with stakeholders are key activities.
Starting date: By agreement, but 1 February 2017 at the latest
- Applicants should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in biology, agronomy, environmental science or similar subjects with specialization in ecology, and should be interested in population ecology and developing applications based on ecological understanding and experimentation.
- Advanced level courses in ecology, crop protection and insect ecology are considered a merit, as are experiences of field work with insects and plants.
- Skills in planning, executing, and reporting experimental data scientifically and popularly are considered a merit, as is experience with statistical analysis.
- The applicant should have the ability to work both independently and in a team. International collaborations and student exchanges are commonplace in our team and the studies will include a stay with a research team abroad.
- Proven ability to communicate excellently in written and spoken English is essential. A driving license is required.
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Employment as PhD student 4 years
SLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education.
Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.
Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/postgraduate-studies/
Academic union representatives
- SACO Saco-S föreningen SLU +46 (0)18 67 10 85
- SEKO Linda Thörnström +46 (0)18 67 10 57
- ST Lotta Olsson +46 (0)18 67 15 36
How To Apply:
Applications, marked with ref no SLU ua 3639/2016, must have arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala or email@example.com no later than 2016-10-20.
Agriculture PhD Student Position Available @ SLU Swden
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