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Postdoc position in small RNA biology

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    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

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    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

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    22 oktober

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    16 december

Om jobbet

Department of Plant Biology
The research of the department focusses on plants, but other organisms such as virus, bacteria, fungi, insects, yeast cells and even human cells are also studied. Our main areas or research are: the interaction between plants and microorganisms, and other forms of stress; biotechnology and metabolic engineering; growth and development of plants; the regulation of gene expression; population genetics, genome analysis and the development of breeding systems. Species in use are model organisms such as Arabidopsis thaliana, Physcomitrella, tobacco and yeast, and crops such as rapeseed, basket willow (Salix), potato, barley, rye, wheat and cassava. The department is responsible for basic courses and advanced courses in general and molecular genetics, gene technology, cell biology, plant physiology, gene expression, plant breeding, plant biochemistry and biotechnology, molecular interactions between plants and pathogens. Besides, the department contributes to various other biology courses together with other departments. The courses are part of the masters programs in biotechnology and natural resources, and the programs for students in agriculture and landscape architecture, but most courses are open for external students as well.


We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our ongoing research projects on elucidating the role of small RNAs in plant reproduction. The main focus of the project is to investigate the function of small RNAs during seed development. The project will involve a combination of molecular genetics, small RNA profiling, and epigenome profiling to investigate the functional role of small RNAs during plant reproduction. The position is associated with the research group of Claudia Köhler at the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala.


A PhD in molecular biology, genetics, or biochemistry is required as well as proven expertise in molecular biology, genetics and plant developmental biology. Prior experiences with methods to study epigenetic modifications, small RNAs and bioinformatic skills are assets. 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.

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.

Applications must contain (1) CV with full publication list, (2) a description of research experiences, (3) contact information of two to three referees.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 2 years



Starting date:

January 2020 or according to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2019-12-16, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

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.