Postdoc in cell- and molecular biology

Updated: about 2 months ago

The Department of forest genetics and plant physiology is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC, ) which is a centre of excellence for experimental plant research and forest biotechnology in Northern Sweden. Our mission is to perform excellent and innovative basic research and generate knowledge that benefits forestry, agriculture, environment and society. We work across a wide range of disciplines in plant science reaching from cell biology to ecophysiology and from basic research to industrial applications. Our common goal is to understand the plants’ ability to grow, adapt and acclimate to a changing world and how we can breed better plants.

About the position

A two year post-doctoral position with possibility for extension at Umeå Plant Science Center starting to work on the role of transcription factors controlling bud break in trees. Bhalerao group has identified several candidate transcription factors in hybrid aspen that are involved in bud break. The project will focus on using biochemical, genomic approaches e. g. Chip-seq, and generation and analysis of transgenic hybrid aspen trees in which candidate transcription factors will be mutated using Crispr-Cas9 approaches to understand the function of candidate transcription factors.

The selected candidate will join a team using multidisciplinay approaches that range from cell biology and genomics. 

Your profile

As a candidate, you must have a PhD in a relevant natural science field and have a strong background in cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology. You also need experience of working with transgenic hybrid aspen and Arabidopsis. Preference will be given to candidates have experienced in using ChiP-seq and Crispr approaches and generation and analysis of transgenic hybrid aspen trees. A requirement is that you have good communication skills in English in both speech and writing.

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.

About us

UPSC belongs to two universities, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Umeå University. About 200 people from more than 40 different nationalities work here. We host some 30 principal investigators, and our researchers have access to state-of-the-art analytical platforms, unique tree germplasm resources and plant growth facilities. We strive for a collaborative work environment and support our scientists throughout all career stages by providing professional training opportunities and individual career mentoring.

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Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU, Umeå (Sweden) 

Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.



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Please submit your application before deadline 12 April 2024. You can submit your application by clicking the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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