Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - SLU
Field assistant in the Ecology centre
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - SLU
SLU’s knowledge is an important component in many things that people take for granted. Whether it is the food we eat, or the animals we either husband on our farms or love as pets, or the forests that we wander in.
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Published: 29 days ago
Application deadline: May 31
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
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Field assistant in the Ecology centre

Ref 2018.2.5.1-1475

Leaf beetle-leaf rust-interaction on willow

The Department of Ecology at the Ecology Centre, SLU, Uppsala is looking for a field assistants within a project aiming at leaf beetle-leaf rust-host plant interactions. The assistant will work in the greenhouse at the department and conduct controlled experiments. The project aims to investigate how phytopathogenic fungi (leaf rust) and herbivorous insects (leaf beetle) directly and indirectly, via plant responses, affect each other. The project is related to biological pest control and the basic understanding on how plants modulate interactions between different organisms. The assistants will gain experience in applied crop protection, ecology, phytopathology, and entomology.


The assistant is expected to perform experiments in the greenhouse and contribute to the scientific writing regarding those.


Applicants should preferably have a Bachelor or Master degree in biology, ecology, plant pathology or an equivalent subject. The ability to work both independently and as part of a research team is desired. Earlier experience in performing manipulative experiments involving either (preferentially several) of the organisms (fungus, insect, plant) is meriting. Furthermore eagerness to learn more about plant-insect and/or plant-fungi interactions is highly appreciated as the assistant will participate in the planning of the experiments.

Form of employment

Temporary positon


100 %

Starting date and length of employment:

2.5 months, preferentially starting at the 9th of July 2018 (but negotiable)


We welcome your application no later than 31st of May 2018, use the button below. Please include your CV and a short motivation letter describing your general background, possibly future plans, and why you are interested in the project (not more than half a page)

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.


SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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