Licentiate studies in plant-microbe interactions

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Department of Plant Breeding
SLU Department of Plant Breeding performs research and education addressing global challenges affecting our livelihoods and the environment. The Plant breeding division works on putting traits into usable forms by understanding their diversity, genetics and their interaction with the surrounding environment with the aid of conventional and advanced breeding tools. We apply this knowledge for the genetic betterment of cultivars of economically important crops.
Combining RNAi-based spray technologies and biostimulents for plant trait modulation and sustainable control of filamentous plant pathogens

The transition to sustainable crop  cultivation and protection calls for replacing synthetic chemicals with non-chemical strategies to cultivate crops and combat filamentous plant pathogens. In recent years we have developed cutting-edge methods of RNAi-based spray technologies and biostimulents. These approaches have shown great potential to cultivate crops and combat plant disease strategies and are still under rapid development within our research group. This project aims to interweave these two research lines to optimize methods for plant cultivation and controlling filamentous plant pathogens. Thus, you will have the unique opportunity to be involved in a project in close collaboration with researchers working on RNA biology, plant pathology, plant breeding and plant protection.

The position is placed at the department of plant breeding at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Alnarp. The project is conducted in collaboration with researchers at the department of forest mycology and plant pathology, SLU, Uppsala. You will have the possibility to develop new connections with many researchers and stakeholders through various seminars and events organized by SLU.


For this position, the applicants must have a higher university degree (master of science) in biology, plant breeding, biotechnology, horticulture, or agronomy, emphasizing plant pathology, mycology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant breeding, and plant protection or equivalent. Documented laboratory work experience in molecular biology, plant pathology, small RNA studies and biological control is merit. The applicant should have the ability to work independently as well as in a team in a robust research environment. The candidate should have good communication skills (both oral and written) and a strong work ethic and be prepared to participate in teaching and supervision of master students.

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Employment as a licentiate student (2 years) with a possibility to extend to full PhD studies

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Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2022-01-30.

To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master’s) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here:

Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport’s information page containing their photograph and personal details.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.

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