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Post doc: business models for forest entrepreneurial services
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Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology
Do you want to develop the future's business models for forest services?

Forestry service contractors play a significant role in the sustainable use of our forests. In Nordic forestry, the majority of forest management activities are executed by independent contractors, who are engaged by larger customer companies. The forestry service sector is well established in the Nordics, but there is large potential for further growth within the sector following the rising bioeconomy. New products, new technology and widened demands for forestry services will require development of both existing services as well as of new services, and require new competencies. Other challenges are those related to business activities in rural areas, with long distances to customers and possibilities for education and training. Altogether, the challenges require adaptations of existing business models, as well as development of new ones.

These challenges will be addressed in the postdoc project is connected to the Interreg project FOBIA ( and to SLU's research school Bioeconomy-adapted forest management, with its forestry part FIRST2 ( This means that you will have access to a world wide contact network, with possibilities to participate in both national and international activities.

The department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) ( has about 40 employees. SBT carries out high quality research, undergraduate and postgraduate education on an international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy in which forest biomaterials becomes very important. SBT's focus is on forest value chains in the bio-based industry, where different forest biomaterials are harvester and processed for different purposes, while forest ecosystem services are managed sustainably.

The main task is to conduct research on new business models for forest service within the FOBIA project. Incuded in this work is to coordinate the project partners' corresponding research, and to assist project partners in the data gathering. In addition to reports of the project reults, your work is expected to lead to publications in scientific journals. You are expected to actively manage the post-doc project, and with your own initiatives contribute to the group's research in this field. You are also expected to actively contribute to the group's work related to applying for external research funding. There will also be possibilities to engage in other departement activities, as supervision of MSc student theses within your reasearch field.

The successful applicant holds a PhD, preferably in economics, with at least a BSc degree in business administration, entrepreneurship or business development. Earlier experience of forestry and forestry related services are especially qualifying. We are looking for a person who is highly motivated and who can work both independently and in teams, is used to taking own initiatives and who has documented experience in independent scientific work and in publishing in high quality scientific journals. Very good skills in English and Swedish (both written and oral) are required. Also Finnish language skills are meriting, since the project will include close cooperation with Finnish organisations, and might require translation of material written in Finnish. International experiences as well as car driving licence is meriting. Especially meriting personal characteristics are accountability, cooperative ability, goal focus, and strucutring capability. As postdoctoral appointments are career meriting, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Place of work:

Form of employment:
Temporary employment, 24 months


Starting date:
According to agreement.

We welcome your application no later than 2017-11-30, use the button below.

Specific documents attached:

1) CV with publications list, 2) a certified copy of PhD-exam, 3) a short (1-2 pages) description of earlier research and scientific interests, and 4) names and contact information for two reference persons.

Academic union representatives:

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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Ola Lindroos, Professor
Emanuel Erlandsson, PhD

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
90183 UMEÅ



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