Associate Senior Lecturer in Soil Nutrient Cycling

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
February 27, 2023
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The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences The Department of Soil and Environment

The Department of Soil and Environment is a leading soil research institution, both nationally and internationally. Our research focuses on fundamental soil properties and processes, as well as how soil functions are affected by changes in environmental conditions, including climate change. Through research, environmental analysis and education, we contribute knowledge about future sustainable land use and develop new solutions as a basis for decision- making in agriculture, forestry and the urban environment. The working environment at the department is international and we have around 100 employees.

Our research is carried out in seven subject groups with a focus on Soil Biology, Soil Nutrient Cycling, Soil Chemistry, Agricultural Water Management, Soil and Environmental Physics, Soil Mechanics and Soil Tillage, and the Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils. We are responsible for important research infrastructure in the form of soil chemistry and soil physics laboratories, an X-ray scanner, long-term field experiments, a lysimeter facility, and the field research stations at Lanna and Lövsta. The Department participates in approximately 30 courses at undergraduate and advanced level.

We are a part of the Soil, Water and Environment Center at SLU (MVM-center), which provides links to research on water systems, recycling and bioenergy. Our work is aligned to national environmental and climate goals as well as to the Sustainable Development Goals. We are situated at Campus Ultuna in Uppsala and in Skara. Read more about the Department of Soil and Environment here.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU under the following link.

Subjec area

The subject area covers Soil Nutrient Cycling with a focus on biotic and abiotic interactions and their importance for nutrient dynamics in the soil- plant-system.


The Associate Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor is expected to develop her/his own research line within the subject area. Research should be carried out in close collaboration with colleagues at the department and SLU, as well as through national and international collaborations.

In addition, the holder of the position is also expected to

  • apply for external research funding in competition, both at national and international levels, and publish scientific articles
  • participate in postgraduate education as a co-supervisor
  • teach at basic and advanced levels, including doctoral level
  • receive pedagogical training
  • develop a national and international research network
  • communicate and collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the agricultural industry
  • Qualifications

    Eligible for employment as associate senior lecturer are candidates who hold a PhD or have equivalent academic qualifications. Priority will be given to candidates who have received a PhD or equivalent qualifications no longer than five years before the application deadline. Other candidates may also be considered if there are extraordinary grounds for doing so.

    For employment as associate senior lecturer, the candidate must demonstrate research expertise within the subject area.

    Good ability to communicate in written and spoken English is required.

    Assessment criteria

    The assessment criteria for appointment as an associate senior lecturer will primarily be based on the degree to which the applicant possesses the required qualifications specified for the position.

    Primary emphasis will be placed on the applicant's scientific skills with relevance for the subject area required as a qualification for employment. Both process-oriented research and/or modeling approaches in production ecosystems are of relevance for the assessment.

    Furthermore, the assessment includes evaluating the applicant's ability to independently develop a line of research within Soil Nutrient Cycling, and to qualify for promotion to senior lecturer during the employment period.

    Experiences in administration and teaching as well as the ability to communicate in Swedish are meritorious.

    Emphasis will also be placed on expertise in communication and ability to work across several of the department's research areas.

    In addition to the qualification requirements, emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

    This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at www.

    Located in the greater Stockholm region, the city of Uppsala has a rich history and culture, and is a true academic and cultural hub. Find out more about moving, living and working here at https: //

    Application deadline:


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    Form of Employment:

    The employment is limited to four years in accordance with the Higher Education Act. A position as associate senior lecturer is a qualifying employment that constitutes the first step in an academic career at SLU. An associate senior lecturer has the right during his or her employment to apply for promotion to senior lecturer on the basis of criteria established when the position as associate senior lecturer was announced.

    Starting date:

    By agreement.


    It is desirable that the application is written in English, because the applications will be evaluated by expert advisers both in Sweden and abroad.

    A guide for applicants "Appointment procedures for SLU" and a "Memorandum for Guidance in connection with applications for appointment/promotion to professor and senior lecturer at SLU" can be found here.

    Use the document Application guidelines for appointment as professor, senior lecturer or associate senior lecturer at SLU as a guide when you fill in your application.

    The scientific and pedagogic documentation submitted in support of the application shall be indicated in the application. At most 5 scientific publications and at most 5 pedagogic publications, including popularized versions, should be submitted in support of the application. In addition a complete list of publications shall be supplied; the publications submitted with the application must be indicated.

    Please apply by clicking on the apply-button below.

    Academic union representatives:

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    Contact person

    Johan Stendahl

    Head of Department

    +46-18 67 38 01

    [email protected]

    Eva Enström

    Faculty Administrative Officer

    +46 (0)18 671202

    [email protected]

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