Post-genomic effector mining and the role of silencing suppressors in oomycete-host interactions
Description:This PhD project is part of a larger recruitment of 5 PhD students at SLU Alnarp, who will be embedded in Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network PROTECTA (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017-766048). PROTECTA will recruit 15 students to academic and industrial research PhDs across Europe to develop new and innovative ways to control oomycete diseases across the agriculture, environment, forestry and aquaculture sectors. We study selected oomycete pathogens and their hosts in multidisciplinary cross-sectoral projects. Students will be well connected to relevant industry mentors and undertake secondments at different locations in the consortium. The Department of Plant Protection Biology, at SLU, is an interdisciplinary constellation, encompassing Chemical Ecology, Resistance Biology and Integrated Plant Protection research units. Research efforts at the department are directed towards both fundamental and applied research. This PhD project aims for a large-scale quantification of effector gene expression and protein abundance during the infection process of oomycetes that infect diverse crop, tree and fish hosts. These data will be exploited for further basic and applied research within the consortium. The PhD student will work with molecular techniques, cytology, next-generation sequencing, advanced proteomics, bioinformatics, gene evolution analyses, biochemistry and plant pathology.
Qualifications:Your background can be in a wide range of scientific areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, plant sciences, crop protection, biotechnology, and genetics. Skills in molecular plant pathology, bioinformatics and proteomics are merits. A strong command of written and spoken English is essential. Excellent collaborative skills, high motivation and enthusiasm are important, as well as ability to work both independently and in a team. Personal skills are therefore an important part of the evaluation. An interest in both basic and applied research is regarded as highly meritorious.
Place of work:
Department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU, Alnarp, with short periods of secondment to other institutions in the network.
Forms for funding or employment:Employment at SLU as a PhD student is offered full-time for 4 years.This position is funded by the EU (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017-766048) and EU mobility conditions apply. To be eligible for this position a candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. A person who already holds a doctorate or has more than four year’s full time research experience is ineligible.
Starting date:Subject to negotiation, but preferably January 2019.
Application:We welcome your application no later than 2018-12-02, 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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