Postdoc in wood quality of single trees

Location: Sweden
Application Deadline: 7 March 2024
Published: 2 weeks ago

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Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology

The Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) is part of the Faculty of Forest Science, has about 50 employees and is based in both Umeå and Uppsala. The department conducts high-quality research and education at a high international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource.

The main focus in Umeå is on value chains in the bio-based industry where different components of forest biomaterials are collected, characterized, separated, modified / refined, used and reused cost-effectively for various purposes while forest ecosystem services are managed sustainably. In Uppsala, focus is on wood science and technology with research and education on wood materials from nano to macro level, wood composites and wood adhesives, and with accredited testing of wood products and treatments for the market.

Duties:

Wood properties of standing trees are affected by factors that influence the growth or form of the stem. Forest stand conditions are often changed through silvicultural operations aiming to promote growth rate or improve stem.  Some stand conditions and tree characteristics can be measured remotely, as for example using remote sensing technologies. Ideally, such technologies will provide information about stem form and crown attributes, which will relate to stand composition.

There is the potential to relate stand conditions to crown attributes, and then to relate these factors to stem wood properties for Swedish conditions. However, limited work has combined these scales of measurement or determined the minimum level of detail required for accurate predictions of wood properties. Results on the wood quality of single trees are useful for early evaluation of sawn timber quality and wiser management of forest resources.

Qualifications:

A position as a postdoctor is intended for a researcher early in their career, we are therefore primarily looking for candidates who completed their doctoral degree no more than three years ago. The doctoral degree can be in one of the following areas: forestry, wood science and technology, material science, mechanical engineering, or other relevant subject.

Experience in one or several of the following are necessary: non-destructive testing of forest trees, measuring of growth and wood properties at the laboratory, and statistical analysis and programming. Previous experiences in forest related subjects are desirable. Fluent English language, both in writing and speaking is required. Knowledge of Swedish is meriting.

The fellow is expected to work and collaborate within a new Horizon Europe project on the optimization of multifunctional forest-based value chains. The aim is to monitor individual tree attributes, health, and biodiversity ensuring a holistic approach to multifunctional forest management. We are thus looking for a highly motivated individual who is interested in a continued academic career in forestry and wood science.

In assessing the applications for the position, particular emphasis will be placed on (1) applicants’ scientific proficiency in forest sciences, and (2) their ability to develop their own line of research in modelling wood quality, complementing the ongoing research within the group. More info about the activities of the group can be found here: https://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-biomaterials-technology/travetenskap/fibres-adhesives–composites/

We will also place emphasis on the applicant’s personal characteristics and suitability. The applicants’ ability to work constructively in a small group and to take own initiatives is very important.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Temporary employment for 2 years

Extent:

100 %

Start date:

June 2024 or by agreement

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2024-03-07, use the button below.

The application should contain the following written in English: 1) a cover letter describing yourself and your match to the above mentioned project; 2) a CV describing your education, publications and relevant work experience, and 3) names and contact information for at least three references; 4) PhD diploma.

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/min-anstallning/facket/kontaktpersoner/

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.

Contact person

Stergios Adamopoulos

Professor

+4618-67 24 74

firstname.surname@slu.se

Mikael Thyrel

Prefekt

+46 725442306

firstname.surname@slu.se

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