Research engineer to forest genetics and plant physiology

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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 research engineer position is available in the Robert group at the Umeå Plant Science Center, Sweden to join a research program studying the mechanism of pavement cell shaping using Populus and Arabidopsis as model systems. The focus in this project is on discovering new molecular players of pavement cell shaping combining confocal imaging, image analysis molecular biology and genetic. You will be part of a working team working with cell shape determination in different model species.

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Applicants should have a PhD in molecular plant biology or biochemistry and a genuine interest to carry out experimental plant research on cell shape determination. Experience on cell biology and image analysis methods in Arabidopsis and/or Populus is of merit. Good written and oral communication skills in English are required. 

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:

Fixed-term employment 12 months



Start date:

2024-10-18 or as agreed.


Please submit your application before deadline 3 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.

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