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Modelling organic mixed livestock production in Northern Sweden
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

  • Jan. 3, 2018
  • Modelling organic mixed livestock production in Northern Sweden
  • Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    Umeå, Västerbotten
  • Jan. 22, 2018
  • March or April 2018
  • Graduate Student
  • Agricultural - General
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The Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden offers a position as a PhD student in the research education subject: Biology. 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

Sustainability of organic mixed livestock production in Northern Sweden
Livestock production, production, particularly dairy production, dominates agriculture in Northern Sweden. Mixed livestock production involves integrating two or more animal species, and is more common in organic than conventional farming. Such diversified farms promote ecological benefits, create opportunities for resource transfers, and potentially increase sustainability. The objectives of this PhD project are to characterise current organic mixed livestock farms, assess their sustainability and resilience, and co-design alternative farming systems. The project will involve interaction with farmers and other stakeholders through interviews, discussions and co-design processes. The project will also involve development and modification of models in order to simulate farming systems. 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, animal science or a related discipline. Experience with statistical analysis, simulation modelling and programming are meriting. Practical knowledge of crop and livestock production systems is required, and experience in interactive processes with farmers is 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 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 dissertation 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.

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  • David Parsons
    Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • +46 (0) 90-786 8713


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