Post doc position in Transcriptomics at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU

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The Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology was founded in the late 1970s - when the College of Forestry moved to Umeå. The number of employees has since grown steadily is now around 100, including postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. In the late 1990s it was decided to join with the Department of Plant Physiology at Umeå University to form a research center, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). The Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology moved into the premises adjacent to the partner department and together have developed a close and successful collaboration on research issues, technology platforms, and training of master's and doctoral level students. The international element within UPSC is large, with over 40 nationalities represented.

The department conducts introductory and advanced training in plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology, forest genetics and forest biotechnology within the Forestry program and at the master level.

The department offers postgraduate studies in biology, specializing in plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology and forest genetics. Postgraduate courses are generally held in cooperation with the Department of Plant Physiology.
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Transcriptomic analysis of two dominant boreal forest species in response to projected climate scenarios

The boreal forest of the northern latitudes is the second largest biome in the world, and one of the principle sites of global carbon sequestration. The European portions of this biome are largely dominated with two gymnosperm species, Pinus sylvestris L. (Scots pine) and Picea abies (L.) H. Karst (Norway spruce), which have become essential resources to the region’s timber industries. As these forests are characterised by being low in tree-diversity, the response of these two dominant species to future climate conditions is particularly important. This project will utilise transcriptomic data of Scots pine and Norway spruce, complemented by comparative studies of the seasonal root transcriptomic responses of these two species to altered nitrogen availability, and linked fungal transcriptomic analyses.


To plan and implement a transcriptomic analysis of RNA-Seq data collected from Scots pine and Norway spruce roots, and root-associated fungi, followed up by the preparation of associated manuscripts.


Highly motivated and team-oriented candidate with experience in plant bioinformatics.  To qualify, the incumbent should have a PhD in subjects relevant to the position, such as forest biology, plant molecular genetics or plant biochemistry. The candidate should have demonstrated knowledge and experience with analysing plant abiotic stress responses. Documented bioinformatics skills are essential and the candidate should be experienced with the analysis of next generation sequencing data, running analyses using high performance computer infrastructures, interpreting the results of differential expression analysis, and have a proven track record of driving such projects through to publication. In addition, previous experience with relevant public databases in genomics and molecular biology and good knowledge of statistics, e.g. hypothesis testing and enrichment analyses would be an asset.  Sound knowledge of, and skill in, at least one relevant programming or scripting language, e.g. R, Java, or Python is essential as well as experience in computational modelling of co-expression networks and of ontologies (particularly Gene Ontology), knowledge of biological pathway annotations and experience with the application of machine learning approaches to analysing transcriptomic data. Excellent English communication and writing skills are essential.

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.

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Fixed term employment of 24 months, with possible extension.



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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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