Researcher – Alpine aquatic ecosystems Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Researcher – Alpine aquatic ecosystems

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment ( is working with applied environmental science, with a national responsibility for assessing the condition of Swedish surface waters with respect to water chemistry, pollution and aquatic biota. The department has some 125 employees. The research focuses on geochemical and hydrological processes, aquatic ecology and biodiversity, as well as on aquatic ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. The department is part of a Soil-Water-Environment cluster, a recently established competence center for landscape-level processes at Campus Ultuna in Uppsala. The breadth of expertise among the 300 members in combination with a well-equipped infrastructure creates a unique platform for high quality research as well as environmental monitoring and assessment.

Conduct research within the REFINE project (ImpRoved assEssment oF climate impact and eutrophication in arctic/alpINE lakes). The project focuses on the rapid changes (climate, oligotrophication/eutrophication, food webs) that occur in the lakes and streams in the Arctic/alpine ecoregion of Sweden and ultimately aims at developing ideas for improved assessment criteria. You will primarily analyze large data sets of phytoplankton, benthic algae and macroinvertebrates to study temporal changes and across nutrient and climate gradients.

You will work in a research group consisting of aquatic ecologists, geochemists, and modelers and be involved in recurring contacts with the project’s reference group and contact persons at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.


The applicant must hold a PhD in aquatic ecology or equivalent. Previous postdoc experience is a merit, as well as a research profile in Arctic/alpine ecosystems and their food webs. Documented experience of analyses of large data sets, good knowledge of statistics (incl. multivariate methods) and Arctic/alpine ecosystems is meriting. Other requirements are good skills in oral and written communication in English, oral communication in Swedish, as well as a valid driver’s license. Great emphasis is placed on personal qualities such as good cooperative ability.

The application must include CV, diploma, publication list, and a cover letter that includes your motivation for the position.

Place of work:

Uppsala or one of SLUs larger locations

Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 6 months, with possible extension.



Starting date:

2021-01-01 or according to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2020-11-20, use the button below.

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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.

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