Postdoc in environmental assessment of foods and diets

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


October 31, 2022


Department of Energy and Technology

The Department of Energy and Technology conducts research and education with a focus on how agriculture can contribute to a sustainable society. We have great expertise in systems for sustainable production of food and bioenergy, including optimal recycling for nutrients and logistics systems. In the method area, we have great competence in systems analysis, including environmental systems analysis and LCA, as well as in biometrics (statistics and mathematics with applications in biological systems). In terms of sustainable food production, quantitative studies are carried out on the environmental impact of various foods and diets, modeling of future scenarios for a more sustainable food systems and the development of data for various informative and financial instruments for more sustainable diets. https: // www.

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This position involves participating in two interdisciplinary EU projects aimed at achieving more healthy and environmentally sustainable eating patterns as well as more sustainable and resilience livestock systems. The postdoc will be responsible for the quantitative environmental and social sustainability assessments of foods, diets and livestock systems in these projects. The task includes further development of data and methods to make the assessments more site specific, robust and automated. The postdoc will work in a team of experienced researchers at the department and be part of the two interdisciplinary research environments provided by the two EU project that involve a large number of partners across the EU.


We are looking for a motivated person with a PhD in a subject relevant to the research, for example environmental, sustainability, agricultural science or engineering, or similar, and who enjoys working in interdisciplinary projects. Required skills include advanced analytic capabilities including substantial experience in quantitative modelling, preferably life cycle assessment of foods and/or agricultural systems. Extensive experience of working with different types of data analysis e.g. statistical analyzes, GIS, and/or programming are an advantage as well as knowledge of food production, agriculture, ecology or biodiversity. An interest in sustainable development and how to accomplish a sustainable food system in general is also an advantage. Excellent English skills in writing and speaking is required and knowledge of Swedish, Danish and/or Norwegian is a plus but not a requirement. Great emphasis is placed on personal qualities, such as the ability to work independently, flexibility, the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, curiosity and willingness to learn, as well as a good analytical and problem-solving ability.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months, with the possible of extention 1 year.



Starting date:

According to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2022-10-31, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

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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.


Contact person

Elin Röös


+46(0)70-305 77 10

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