The Department of Plant Breeding conducts research, education and innovation of strategic importance for the society’s long-term supply of food, industrial raw material and energy. We strive to meet the increasing need of raw material and at the same time make the plant production more environmentally sustainable. The Department also conducts plant breeding programs concerning apple, black currant, sea buckthorn and potatoes. The Department is centered at the SLU campus in Alnarp outside of Malmö, Sweden.
Rust resistance in wheatDescription:
The emergence of new races of the wheat stem rust and stripe rust pathogens threatening global wheat production. Our overall objective is to identify, determine, characterize and transfer of novel resistance genes towards stem rust and stripe rust into common bread wheat that will be durable resistance. At SLU, we have a collection of wheat-alien introgression derivatives from Secale cereale, Leymus mollis, Leymus racemosus and Thinopyrum junceiforme with varied chromosome constitutions. We are currently transferring stem rust resistance gene Sr59 into adapted wheat cultivars to assess whether the 2RL introgression is associated with any deleterious effects on traits such as agronomic traits, yield, and grain quality. The hereby announced Licentiate project aims for investigating field screening to stem rust, agronomic performances, background selection with genotype-by-sequencing, coleoptile color and length, roots growth and length, weeds competition, protein content, and quality traits. The Department of Plant Breeding is looking for a Licentiate student who can contribute to the assessment of agronomic performances, field screening to stem rust, root characters, weed competition and end-use quality analysis within this VR-Formas-funded project.
Qualifications:We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who has an MSc in agriculture, biology, biochemistry, plant breeding or other types of educations preferably with a resistance/cereals/breeding component in the curricula. Candidates should have a sound understanding of agriculture, biology and/or plant breeding. The candidate should be able to work as well independently as to collaborate and have good communication skills, including the ability to communicate well in both spoken and written English.
Place of work:
Forms for funding or employment:Employment (2 years)
Starting date:According to agreement.
Application:We welcome your application no later than 2019-09-03, 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 passport with your personal data and photography.
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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.
Eva Johansson, Professor
040-41 55 62
Mahbubjon Rahmatov, Researcher