3 April, 2016
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has been commissioned to establish a unit for risk assessment of plant pests. The unit will provide support to Swedish Board of Agriculture in their effort to counter the damage of alien organisms, primarily in agriculture, forestry, and horticulture. The work should be done in line with what was stated in the Board’s report 2014:14 (Jordbruksverkets rapport 2014:14). The unit is the first of its kind in Sweden, and has a mission that is separate from the research conducted at the university. SLU is now recruiting two analysts to the unit for risk assessment of plant pests. The two analysts will operate in an excellent academic environment and will, together, run the risk assessment unit with the support of a steering committee. The work includes both challenges and great opportunities for personal development.
Duties: Analysts within the unit will perform both their own risk assessments of plant pests as well as coordinate risk assessment by external experts according to international standards (Pest Risk Assessment; PRA). Writing overviews on plant pests that will form the basis for the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s risk management is a main task of the unit. This includes assessment of the value of plants and the economic consequences of proposed measures. Duties also include reviewing risk assessments from other countries. Responsibilities include identifying and interacting with
experts both in Sweden and abroad, and to undergo the necessary training for the task.
Qualifications: Emphasis is placed on personal attributes. Applicants should have very good analytical skills, and the ability to work in a structured and result-oriented manner. Because tasks entail extensive contacts and partnerships a good ability to cooperate and communicate is required. In addition, applicants must have the capacity to work across subject boundaries, as well as build and maintain networks. Experience of risk assessment is an advantage as is experience of international collaborations. Knowledge of relevant research actors in the field in Sweden and internationally is desirable, as is knowledge of the economic analysis of plant damage and different management actions.
Competence: Applicants should have a PhD and good knowledge of
macro-organisms as plant pests in different production systems. A very good ability to express themselves in written and spoken English is required as well as the ability to understand Swedish text.
Place of work: Uppsala
Form of employment: Permanent. SLU uses probationary employment.
Starting date: By agreement
Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua 1249/2016.
Specific documents attached: We recommend you to send your application by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org a single pdf-file containing; i) a short letter of motivation, highlighting activities of relevance for the position; ii) curriculum vitae; iii) publication list; iv) a statement of no more than one page outlining your goals and expectations for this position; v) the names and contact information of at least two professional references familiar with your qualifications; and vi) copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records.
It is preferable that the documents are submitted in English.
SLU is an equal opportunity employer.
Pär Aronsson Research officer
+46(0)18-67 25 67
Acting Head of Department
+46(0)18-67 23 70
Academic union representatives:
Saco-S föreningen SLU, SACO
+46 (0)18 67 10 85
Linda Thörnström , SEKO
+46 (0)18 67 10 57
Lotta Olsson, ST
+46 (0)18 67 15 36
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.
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 in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.
The Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (NJ) is responsible for research, teaching, environmental monitoring and assessment as well as outreach and collaboration in the fields of agriculture and rural development. The faculty is also active in the fields of cropping systems, plant breeding, plant protection, food, production, health, quality of life, environment and water.
The NJ Faculty houses 15 departments and a large number of collaborative centres. The majority of the Faculty’s employees and students are based in Uppsala, on Campus Ultuna.
This post is not valid after Monday May 16th, 2016