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Department of Agricultural Sciences

The Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden offers a position as a PhD student in the research education subject: Crop Production Science. The department specialises in applied agriculture with a holistic view, which includes both crop and animal sciences, and has a clear focus on forage based dairy production systems. The department includes a research station, Röbäcksdalen. The research station is situated close to Umeå city centre and includes both a modern research barn with dairy cows, and excellent conditions for field experiments. Umeå is an expansive city with two successful universities, SLU and Umeå University. Read more about us on

Crop Production Science ProRefine - Biorefining forage legumes for local production of protein feeds

In Sweden, livestock production, particularly ruminant production, dominates agriculture. Supply of feed protein is critical for animal production, particularly on organic farms, and many farmers rely on imported protein supplements. Pulses are a good source of protein; however cultivation of pulses in Sweden is risky compared with cultivation of forage legumes like red clover and lucerne. Fractionation of forage legumes, through novel harvesting and biorefining techniques, into protein- and fibre-rich feeds for monogastrics and ruminants respectively, could increase farm self-sufficiency in protein feed.

The objectives of this PhD project are to assess the potential for using bio-refining techniques to produce protein-rich feeds from forages and assess the feed value of the fibre-rich fraction for ruminants. It will include field studies, assessing the quality of plant fractions, and predictive modelling of forage quality. The PhD project is part of a larger European project and there will be opportunities for interacting with scientists from other countries.

Applicants should have an agronomist or Master of Science degree in crop science or animal science or a related discipline. Experience with field experimentation, forage quality, statistical analysis and simulation modelling are meriting. Good skills in English (both written and oral) are required, and the ability to understand and speak Swedish or another Scandinavian language is meriting. A valid European driving license is a merit.

Place of work:

Forms for funding or employment:
Employment as PhD student

Starting date:
According to agreement.

We welcome your application no later than 2018-10-11, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dessertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your apssport with your personal data and phograghy.

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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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Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
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