Professor of logistics in forest value chains, SLU - Umeå, Sweden

The research area is logistics in forest value chains, with the raw material producer in focus. Examples of important sub-areas are, but not limited to, supply chain design, production planning (forest operations planning), transports, inventory management and information technology.


The professor shall, within the subject area:

  • develop and lead internationally recognized and successful research activities
  • develop and lead education at all levels, including doctoral education
  • supervise PhD students
  • collaborate with other researchers within and outside SLU
  • develop and maintain regional, national and international networks within the research community, industries/businesses and society at large
  • communicate research and its results
  • actively seek external research funding at the regional, national and international levels


The duly qualified candidate is someone who can demonstrate both academic and teaching skills.

The candidate must have proven academic skills within the subject area and should have a PhD as well as qualifications similar to an Associate Professor or equivalent.

The successful candidate should also demonstrate pedagogic skills and the ability to combine successful teaching practices with research.

Assesment criteria

Assessment criteria for appointment of a professor will primarily be based on the degree to which the applicant possesses the required qualifications specified for the position.

The assessment of scientific skills will consider:

  • quality and quantity of past and current research within the subject area
  • extent of subject coverage and focus on practical applications of past and current research within the subject area
  • capacity to initiate, lead and develop an independent research area
  • capacity to compete for external research funding and/or grants in partnership with stakeholders

The assessment of pedagogic skills will consider:

  • planning, conducting and evaluating teaching within the subject area
  • supervising PhD students, including examination
  • capacity to integrate research and academic thinking in teaching

Furthermore, the assessment will also include the applicant's experience of and capacity to successfully:

  • lead, develop and manage academic units and staff
  • engage and cooperate with stakeholders in the forest value chain
  • manage outreach, extension, or other forms of collaboration with society
  • communicate and cooperate

The successful candidate is expected to be able to apply their own and others results on questions relevant for the forest industry, for instance in the use of forest based raw material for new products, and in a circular bioeconomy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the applicant's scientific skills, in which wide subject coverage is ranked higher than narrow specialist knowledge. Experience with logistics in forest value chains, and preferably with focus on raw material supply, is a merit but not a requirement if the candidate is considered to have the ability to implement the afore-mentioned duties.

The candidate who after an overall assessment of skills and qualifications, is considered most suitable to carry out and develop the work and contribute to a positive development of the activities within the field will be recommended for the appointment.

Final date for application: 2019-01-13

Place of work: Umeå

Form of employment: Permanent

Extent: 100 %

Starting date: By agreement

Application: The application should be written in English, because the applications will be evaluated by external experts both in Sweden and abroad. 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.

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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Michael Finell

Head of Department

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