Thursday, February 20, 2014

PhD student needed in Forest Ecology and Management at SLU

Healthy Waters: The role of protective measures to minimize negative forestry impact on water quality
The main objective of this PhD-student project is to investigate the role of different forestry related measures for improving water quality. A range of new collaborative strategies and concrete measures have recently been initiated, spurred by the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, to minimize forestry influence on water quality. But how effective have these strategies and measures been? The connection to the state-of-the-art scientific understanding of the effectiveness will be evaluated and tested. The overall purpose of this PhD project is therefore to explore through what mechanisms water protection in areas used by forestry can become most effective. The work will be to evaluate the role of different actions for minimizing the impact on water quality by using scientific literature, field data collection, computer based models and water quality data from the Krycklan catchment study ( This position is part of a multi-disciplinary project ”Healthy Waters: The role of collaborative governance to minimize negative forestry impact on water quality” which includes both natural and political science researchers. The PhD-student position is full-time and covers 48 months and the holder of the position is expected to achieve a PhD-degree. The PhD student is expected to start the project during the spring of 2014. The affiliation of the PhD student will be the Department of Forest Ecology and Management in Umeå, Sweden. The department has an international character both when it comes to research and teaching. 

We are seeking a highly motivated individual. The candidate should have good communication skills, a strong work ethic, be a team player and work well in a strong research environment. We are searching a person with a MSc. in Forestry, Physical Geography, or related field. Familiarity with digital terrain analysis, water quality modeling and/or forestry impacts on water quality is a merit. Experience with field data collection methods is preferred, and a driving license is required for conducting the field studies.

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Employment as PhD student 4 years 

SLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A person has basic eligibility for third level education if he or she has taken a second level qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second level.
Those who met the requirements for general eligibility before July 1st, 2007, i.e. had completed a programme of higher education for at least 180 Higher education credits or the equivalent, will continue to do so until the end of 2015."

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 more about the PhD education in the Handbook for postgraduate students

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Further information: Professor Hjalmar Laudon +4690-7868584

Academic union representatives
SACO Per Hansson +46 (0)90 786 84 74
SEKO Inga-Lis Johansson +46 (0)90 786 82 10
ST Hans Åkesson +46 (0)90 786 83 42

Applications, marked with ref no ua 407/2014, must have arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or no later than 2014-03-25.

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