Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences


The Department of Energy and Technology

The Department of Energy and Technology conducts research and education with a focus on how agriculture can contribute to a sustainable society. The department has a bilingual work environment and about 80 employees who are part of five research groups with expertise in technology and systems for sustainable production of food and bioenergy. In terms of research methodologies, we have extensive competency in systems analysis, including environmental systems analysis including LCA, applied statistics and mathematics, biological waste treatment, source-separating sanitation, logistics and automation. The department have the responsibility of more than 30 courses at basic and advanced level within the Agronomy programs, bachelor and master programs in environmental science and biology given at SLU. We also have courses in the engineering programs of “Environmental and Water Engineering” and “Environmental Sciences”, given together with Uppsala University. The department is part of the Land, Water and Environmental Centre (MVM) at SLU where the research is conducted in areas such as environmental changes in soil and water, understanding of biological, physical and chemical processes in soil and water systems, optimization of food, bioenergy and circular systems and method development in soil and forestry.

SLU also has access to the national infrastructure UPPMAX (Uppsala Multidisciplinary Center for Advanced Computational Science), a resource available for high-performance computing (HPC). Adjacent to the campus is also the RISE facility, where there is a test bed for research on digitization in agriculture. There has been an established collaboration between the department and RISE for a long time. The research at SLU are broad and opportunities for trans disciplinary research. There are great opportunities for applied research in the agricultural sector with access to SLU:s long-term field trials as well as land to establish new trials. SLU:s campus in Uppsala also has access to a lysimeter plant, greenhouse and phytotron as well as proximity to the research station SLU Lövsta agricultural research, which is Northern Europe's most modern facility for research and education about livestock productionfarm animals.

Subject Area

The subject includes digitisation with a focus on the application of automation, robotics or mechatronics to achieve resource-efficient and sustainable agriculture.


The professor is expected to lead a research group within the area of employment and

  • develop and lead an internationally successful and externally funded research program
  • develop and lead teaching at undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate level
  • participate in postgraduate education and supervise doctoral students
  • be able to teach Swedish at bachelor's level within four years; the department will support the successful candidate to help achieve this objective
  • develop and maintain national and international networks with academia, industry, and society in general
  • contribute to the strategic development of the department and the faculty
  • collaborate within the department and with other departments within and outside SLU
  • disseminate research results and other relevant subject information to the surrounding society
  • seek external research funding at both national and international level

In addition to teaching in the digitalisation of agriculture, teaching in related subjects at undergraduate level may also take place. Administrative tasks are included, which includes budget and personnel responsibilities.


The successful candidate shall

  • have a doctoral degree and have associate professor competence or equivalent scientific competence
  • be scientifically skilled in the subject of digitalization with focus on the application of automation, robotics or mechatronics
  • have demonstrated the ability to obtain external research funding in competition
  • be pedagogically skilled
  • be able to integrate research and a scientific approach in the pedagogical work
  • have a good knowledge of English

Assessment criteria

The degree of research expertise that is a requirement for eligibility for employment shall primarily apply as assessment criteria for employment.

The assessment of research expertise will take the following into account:

  • completed research efforts and ongoing research
  • the ability to independently initiate and conduct outstanding research
  • the ability to obtain external research funding in competition

The assessment of teaching expertise will take the following into account:

  • planning, conducting and evaluating teaching and research
  • experience of supervision and examination of doctoral students
  • pedagogic vision

 Furthermore, the assessment will consider the applicant’s expertise in:

  • developing and managing activities and staff within the academy/at university level
  • collaborating with relevant stakeholders and society
  • informing research findings and development projects
  • communication and cooperation

When assessing the candidate’s qualifications, equal attention will be given to teaching and research expertise respectively.

The applicant’s research expertise and the ability to implement the above-mentioned duties are of highest importance.

After the qualification requirements, emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.


This position offers the vibrant research climate at SLU. The benefits of the position include Swedish family health care provisions, parenting support including generous paid leave of absence policies that allow both parents to care for newborns and toddlers. Additionally Sweden has a well-established pre-school structure as well as an educational system that provides no-cost education through university studies. Find out more facts and stories about Sweden at www.sweden.se

Located in the greater Stockholm region, the city of Uppsala has a rich history and culture, and is a true academic and cultural hub. Find out more about moving, living and working here at https://internationalhub.uppsala.se/

Application deadline


Place of work

Uppsala, Sweden



Form of employment

Permanent employment

Starting date

By agreement.


Use the document Application guidelines  for appointment as professor, senior lecturer or associate senior lecturer at SLU as guide when you fill in your application.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.


Contact person

Sarah Hedenskog

Faculty Administrative Officer

Phone: +46(0)18-67 12 09, mobile: +46(0)73-842 81 73


Björn Vinnerås

Head of Department