Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)

Forest Genetics

Stellenanangebot Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Umeå | Schweden



An appointment as Senior Lecturer in Forest Genetics with focus on breeding of conifers in boreal ecosystems is vacant at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology at SLU, Umeå.

The department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre ( Our main activities are academic research in experimental plant biology and our major goal is to understand all aspects of plants in relation to the environment in which they live.

Subject Area

The subject area for the position is forest genetics, with focus on breeding of conifers in boreal ecosystems. The research addresses both basic and applied questions relevant for the subject area, mainly using Norway Spruce and Scots Pine as model systems. The research focuses on development of tools within quantitative genetics, with possible applications in e.g. improving wood properties and improving adaptation to climate change.


The Senior Lecturer shall:

  • act in accordance with the vision, goals and basic values of SLU
  • develop and lead internationally successful research
  • apply for external funding in competition at national and international level
  • lead, develop and participate in teaching and supervision of students at all levels
  • supervise PhD students and Postdocs,
  • collaborate with other researchers and the society regionally, nationally and internationally
  • disseminate research findings

Non Swedish-speaking staff members are expected to, within four years of first being employed, have sufficient knowledge of Swedish to understand information in Swedish.


The applicant shall:

  • have a doctoral degree within a relevant subject or their equivalent scientific competence,
  • have documented research group leader experience
  • be scientifically skilled within the subject area for this appointment
  • be pedagogically skilled
  • teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in forest genetics is required as is experience in supervising PhD students.
  • be able to communicate in English, both in writing and orally

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria for appointment of a Senior Lecturer will primarily be based on the degree to which the applicant possesses the required qualifications specified for the position.

The assessment of scientific skills will consider:

  • completed research activities and ongoing research within the subject area
  • future research vision within the subject area
  • ability to independently initiate, lead and develop innovative research
  • ability to attract external research funding in competition

The assessment of pedagogic skills will consider the ability to:

  • plan, conduct and evaluate their own teaching
  • supervise and examine undergraduate and master level students
  • supervise and examine at doctoral level
  • convey and implement their pedagogical vision
  • integrate research and academic thinking in teaching

Furthermore, the assessment will consider the applicant’s degree of skills in:

  • managing, developing and leading academic units and staff
  • interacting with relevant stakeholders and society
  • dissemination of information on research and development projects

Specific competence in genomic selection methods with relevance for the subject forest genetics is especially meritorious.

Good knowledge in Swedish is considered meritorious.

When assessing the candidate’s qualifications, equal attention will be given to teaching and research expertise respectively, as well as to other qualifications.

The position will be offered to the person who, after a qualitative overall assessment, is assessed to be most suitable to carry out and develop the above mentioned duties and to contribute to the positive development of the organization.

Application deadline: 2022-02-10

Place of work: Umeå

Extent: 100%

Form of employment: Permanent

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.

"Appointment procedures for teachers at SLU" and “General assessment criteria for the appointment of teachers" can be found here.

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Academic union representatives:

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

Totte Niittylä


090-786 83 55


Ulrika Ganeteg

Research Officer

+46 (0)76-527 87 97


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Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology at SLU, Umeå