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Doctoral position in Technology

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  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    25 april

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    30 maj

Om jobbet

Department of Biosystems and Technology
At the Department of Biosystems and Technology, we explore interactions between soil, plants, animals, environment, climate and humans in systems for sustainable production of food and renewable raw materials. Our teaching and research activities concern questions about sustainable and efficient use of limited resources for production in greenhouses, on agricultural land and in farm buildings. For more information about the department, visit: Department of Biosystems and Technology | Externwebben (

This doctoral announcement is part of the faculty's investment in 10 doctoral students in 2024!
Read more here: Strategic initiatives at the LTV Faculty – call for 10 doctoral student projects | Medarbetarwebben (

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at SLU at

Research project: Climate impact mitigation and resource use efficiency of rooftop greenhouses for urban food production
Research subject: Technology
The PhD work aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the climate impact mitigation and resource use efficiency associated with rooftop greenhouses (RTGs) for urban food production.

The project will focus on developing functional models for a better understanding of the interplay between the host building and the RTG, including energy analysis, developing data inventories for embodied energy of building materials and vegetable production systems, and assessing the environmental impact of alternative vegetable production systems. The research aims to form a broadened knowledge base, supporting policy recommendations addressing key questions related to material choices, environmental impact, and productivity of RTGs and thereby contributing to sustainable solutions fostering resilient urban food systems.



We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who has an MSc or MEng in systems analysis, building science or physics, engineering or other areas of educations related to applied fields where technology and biology are linked, preferably with a systems analysis component in the curricula. Candidates should have a sound understanding of or a clear interest in building engineering, urban agriculture, horticulture or green technology. The candidate should be able to work autonomously as well as collaborate with people within and outside the university and have good communication skills, including the ability to write well in English.


·       Experience in prior systems analysis (LCA or techno-economic assessment, dynamic energy simulations in buildings)

·       Elaborated skills in using relevant software (LCA and LCA database software, dynamic light and energy simulations)

·       Relevant practical and technical experience with e.g. fluid based growing systems such as aquaponics, hydroponics, aeroponics, algae systems or similar.

·       An interdisciplinary approach and interest, and preferably experience of earlier research work.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Place of work:      
Alnarp, Sweden

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment 100% (4 years) 

Starting date:

According to agreement. We would like the PhD student to start in September 2024.


Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2024-05-30.

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:

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

Academic union representatives:

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.


Fixed salary.

Lönetyp: Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön


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