Forest genomics postdoc position available at UPSC

Updated: 6 months ago

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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Understanding genomic base of trait variation and selection based on genome sequencing is a new frontier research area for genetic improvement of animal and plant. You will participate genomics projects of Norway spruce and Scots pine including: (1) Field sampling of biological material for DNA and RNA extraction; (2) Phenotyping and data analyses for adaptive and economically important tree traits; (3) Genome-wide association study for quantitative traits including phenology, flower, solid-wood, pulping, bio-energy, disease and adaptive traits; (4) Application of genomic selection to conifer trees.


Highly motivated and team-oriented candidates with experience in tree  biology, field sampling, DNA and RNA processing, data analyses for quantitative and population genetics, and genomics. To qualify, you should have a PhD degree in subjects relevant for the position. Good English communication and writing skills are required. The position is primarily aimed at junior researchers with a doctoral degree that is a maximum of three years at the end of the application period.

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Temporary employment, 12 months, with possible extension.



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According to agreement.


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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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