A position as postdoc is available at the Department of Plant Biology, at SLU, Uppsala. The department has about 90 employees and is active within research areas focused on plant development, diversity and defense (www.slu.se/en/departments/plant-biology-forest-genetics). The Department belongs to the Uppsala BioCenter (www.bioc.slu.se), an excellent scientific environment combining competence in plant biology, forest mycology and pathology, microbiology, food science, chemistry and biotechnology. We offer state-of-the-art infrastructure, including modern plant growth facilities as well as equipment for bioimaging and molecular biology. The department is a member of the Linnean Centre for Plant Biology in Uppsala (www.lcpu.se), a platform for interactions between plant scientists at SLU and Uppsala University. The Biocenter has developed tight ties with the national SciLife Laboratory platforms in Uppsala and Stockholm (www.scilifelab.se) on various NGS analysis, microscopy and bioinformatics.
Duties:This project is about the potato-Phytophthora infestans interaction with emphasis on small RNA trafficking and identification of main targets and their functions. The work is centered on biochemical and cellular analysis on predicted and prioritized candidates and associated processes particularly in potato.
Qualifications:Applicants should have a deep interest in plant molecular defense mechanisms and hold a PhD in molecular biology or related fields which is considered equivalent by the employer including skills in cell biology or RNA biology. Knowledge on bioinformatics are considered a merit.
Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities such as creativity, motivation and drive. Good knowledge of English in both speech and writing is a prerequisite. Candidates should also have an ability to conduct independent research, take initiative, ask pertinent scientific questions, and interact with other scientists. The latter is important since this work is part of a larger project on the function of small RNAs as intra and inter-organismal communication signal.
As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.
Place of work:Uppsala
Form of employment:Fixed term employment of 2 years
Starting date:According to agreement.
Application:We welcome your application no later than 2020-01-07, use the button below.
The application should contain: CV, publication list, a copy of the PhD diploma, a short description of previous research, a motivation for applying to this project, and other activities of relevance for the position (max 2 pages), and contact information to 2 personal references.
Academic union representatives:https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/
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.