Doctoral 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 biological control for sustainable control of filamentous plant pathogens

The transition to sustainable crop protection calls for replacing synthetic fungicides with non-chemical strategies to combat plant pathogenic fungi and oomycetes. In recent years we have developed cutting-edge methods of RNAi-based spray technologies and biological control. These approaches have shown great potential to 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 controlling filamentous plant pathogens in integrated pest management strategies. 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 Ph.D. student (4 years)

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We welcome your application no later than 2021-11-21, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photography.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

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 in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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