Licentiate in Conservation ecology

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
September 22, 2023
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Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

SLU is one of the world's highest ranked universities in several subject areas and is ranked #1 in forestry (CWUR). At our centre we carry out research, teaching and dissemination of scientific findings with direct application to the sustainable management of forests. We have a multidisciplinary profile, with global relevance and specialized expertise on forests and forestry as complex socio-ecological systems. We closely collaborate with multiple stakeholders and conduct applied research in silviculture, forest ecology, pathology, policy and planning. We teach bachelor, Masters and PhD level courses addressing all of these subject areas.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at https: // www.

Studies in red wood ants (Formica sp.) and sustainable forest



The modern forestry system in Sweden, with conifer plantations followed by clearcuts, have a high impact on many ecosystems and the services they provide. Some of these forest´s most plentyful but smallest inhabitants, are the red wood ants (RWA), also known as the Formica rufa -group, which are specialized to form large populations under the canopies of conifers. In this project we will investigate how vulnerable RWA and associated species are for different forest management systems, and methods for reducing the effect by using other forest management systems or targeted forest conservation measures in clearcuts. Study areas will be both managed conifer forests and new plantations with fast growing broadleaves, with possible connection to the competence center Trees For Me.

The PhD student will be included in the silviculture and forest conservation research teams. Our research group lift a heavy part of the teaching on both bachelor and master level but we also do substantial dissemination of our research to forest stakeholders, governmental institutions, NGO´s and society. On average as a doctoral student you will teach 1-3 weeks per year and participate in extension activities such as excursions and seminars 1-2 times per year.


The applicant should by the date of admission to PhD studies have a M. Sc. degree in biology, ecology, forestry or in related sciences. Other beneficial qualifications are experience in conducting silviculture or regeneration surveys and/or experiments, ability to work independently in the field, skills in R-statistical analysis, and good communications skills with fluency in written English.

A drivers license is a necessity for the work duties and if the applicant does not have a Swedish licence by the time of application he/she should attach a time plan for it to be achieved. Attached to application should be: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, 3) link to, or copy of master thesis, and 4) two listed references with email addresses. Also attached to application should be: 5) a written motivation or reflection, of maximum one A4-page written in Swedish or English. The motivation shall discuss the student 's personal interest in the topic of this study and in silviculture of noble broadleaves in general.


  • Demonstrated proficiency in species identification of ants
  • Experience of analyzing large datasets
  • Experience of lab- and fieldwork
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    Forms for funding or employment:

    Employment (2 years) with possibility to be extended.

    Starting date:

    November 1, 2023 or according to agreement.


    Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2023-09-22.

    To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master's) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

    Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here: www. students/english-language-requirements/

    Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, or equivalent, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport's information page containing their photograph and personal details.

    Read about the PhD education at SLU at www. courses/doctoral-studies/

    Academic union representatives:

    https: // vid-rekrytering/

    The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

    SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

    Contact person

    Emma Holmström


    040-41 51 14, 073-715 06 02

    [email protected]

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