Postdoc position in genetics and genomics with focus on apple

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 May 2024

27 Apr 2024
Job Information

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Research Field

Agricultural sciences » Soil science
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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

9 May 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description
Department of Plant Breeding

Seize the rare chance to work side-by-side with plant breeders and pathologists, immersing yourself in the world of microbiome-assisted horticulture and experiencing its advantages and challenges first-hand

About the position

Novel genetic and genomic tools are indispensable for plant breeding. The Swedish apple breeding program is currently being converted from the phenotype-based to genome-informed to make it more precise and cost-efficient. The overall objective of this position is to carry out research that will contribute to the development and application of -omics tools within the Swedish apple breeding program. Analyses of phenotypic data for various traits along with high-density marker and sequence data will be important components for the candidate on this position. The post-doc will be involved in several on-going projects but is also expected to lead plant breeding-related projects with the focus on flowering, disease resistance, climate adaptation etc. The post-doc is expected to write own grant applications and developing ideas and funding for new projects within the group. The post-doc will work together with researchers and plant breeder in ongoing  projects and in additional upcoming projects in related areas.

Your profile

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who has a PhD in agriculture, biology, plant breeding or other similar types of education, preferably with a strong component of genetics. Furthermore, the candidate should have good knowledge and practical skills in genetic data analysis (both, marker data and sequence data) and plant pathology.   A successful candidate should have a sound understanding of multidisciplinary research in relation to plant breeding of apples, have experience of collaboration with plant breeders, growers as well as experience of international collaboration. The candidate should be able to work well independently as well as to collaborate in group and have good overall communication skills, including the ability to communicate and write well in English. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for a candidate with a recent doctoral degree, i.e. less than three years old. We consider experience in teaching, supervision of BSc and MSc students and project leading as additional merits.

About us

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 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.

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Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.



Start date:

As agreed. 


Please submit your application before deadline 10 of May 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.

Research Field
Agricultural sciences
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Research Field
Agricultural sciences » Other
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Postal Code
Sundsvägen 10

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