The Department of Plant Protection Biology at SLU Alnarp has more than 70 researchers and staff. Leading research is conducted in resistance biology, integrated plant protection and chemical ecology. The objective of the Resistance Biology Unit is to meet future needs to minimize the use of chemical fungicides, and to mitigate the effects of climate change that impose threats from new plant diseases and stress conditions. This position is funded by GroGrund – a new center for breeding of food crops.
Duties:This project addresses the increasing challenge of early blight in cultivation of potato in Sweden by novel methods to analyze resistance in plant material. Early blight is caused by Alternaria solani and is generally considered to be a quantitative disease with varying degree of disease resistance in potato cultivars and lines. Already existing crossing populations as well as potato cultivars will be used in this project. Methods used will be transcriptomics by RNA-seq and molecular analysis of host plant gene expression networks as well as correlation to already existing QTLs. Part of the work will be carried out in another GroGrund project, where similar types of analyses will be used to characterize resistance to virus yellows disease in sugar beet. Connections will also be done to research on disease phenotyping and on proximal sensing of infection processes. One important goal is to target genes that correlate with resistance/susceptibility by gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9.
The work will be in collaboration with GroGrund stakeholders.
Qualifications:The candidate have a PhD degree not older than 3 years related to the fields of applied bioinformatics and/or molecular biology and an interest in plants and agriculture. Previous experience in handling large datasets is highly recommended. Excellent English language skills and a good ability to work in a collaborative research environment are required.
Place of work:Alnarp
Form of employment:24 months on Postdoctoral agreement
Starting date:According to agreement
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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.