PhD student Position In Biology With A Focus On Forest Pathology| Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

PhD PhD student Position In Biology With A Focus On Forest Pathology| Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Deadline: 20 February 2023

The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, SLU, is looking for a PhD student who in collaboration with the forestry company SCA will work in research projects about the fungal disease Scots pine blister rust.

  1. Research subject

Scots pine blister rust is a serious fungal disease that attacks pine trees of all ages. In the last 20 years, attacks have increased in northern Sweden, mainly in young forest, with annual damage losses amounting to several million Swedish crowns. For several years, the department has collaborated with the forestry company SCA to increase knowledge about the disease, its epidemiology and how to manage infested forests.

The overall goal of the doctoral project is to increase knowledge about the biology of the blister rust fungus (Cronartium pini) and which factors contribute to the increased attacks. As a doctoral student, you will participate in the development of risk maps for the blister rust based on inventories of site variables and disease frequency. The impact of various forestry measures, climate factors and growth rate of the pine will also be investigated. The doctoral project also includes genetic studies of the relationship between the two forms of Cronartium pini, a host-alternating and a non host-alternating, as well as what role they have in the ongoing epidemic. 

As a doctoral student, you will work mainly in the above project, but you will also be involved in projects and competence development at the forestry company SCA during approximately 20% of the employment period.

Read more about SLU benefits and what it is like to work at SLU HERE

  1. Qualifications
  • SLU is looking for a highly motivated person who has a Forester's degree or a Master in Forest Science, Biology or equivalent.
  • Documented knowledge in forest or plant pathology, forestry, microbiology, mycology or molecular biology as well as knowledge in statistics is higly valued. Since the position will include work in the field, a driver's license (B) is a requirement.
  • The candidate should have good communication skills. Written and spoken English is required, and written and spoken Swedish is highly valued.
  • Personal qualities such as accuracy and the ability to work independently are highly valued. Being analytical and strong in team building is a merit.

III. Key information

  • Place of work:       Your workplace will be SLU in Uppsala, but the work includes travel to forest stands in northern Sweden.

  • Forms for funding or employment: Full time PhD student position, 5 years.

  • Starting date: According to agreement. 

  1. Application

To Apply with additional information, please click HERE

Contact person:

Berit Samils, Associate professor : +46-18672727 , [email protected]

Henrik Svennerstam, Researcher, Skogforsk: [email protected]

Anna Marntell, Skoglig specialist, SCA: [email protected]

IV. About SLU

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world. 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. 

The Swedish forest industry is an economically important sector and employs tens of thousands of people. The core of SCA is the growing forest, Europe's largest private forest holding. Around this unique resource, we have built a well-developed value chain based on renewable raw material from our own and others' forests. We offer packaging paper, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions. 

Read more about the PhD education at SLU at HERE


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