PhD position on the role of small RNAs in Plant-microbe interactions

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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.
Role of small RNAs in Plant-microbe interactions

The role of small RNAs in plant-microbe interactions is poorly understood. You will investigate mechanisms for plant-microbe interactions with reference to small RNA transport in filamentous pathogen interactions with different host plants. You will study the mechanisms of cross-kingdom transport of small RNAs between plant and filamentous pathogens. Thus, you will have the unique opportunity to be involved in a project in close collaboration with RNA biologists and plant pathologists. 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, you must have received four years of full-time university studies. For this position, your degree/studies must have a focus on biotechnology, plant sciences, plant breeding, or equivalent. You should have the ability to work independently as well as in a team. Prior experience with small RNA studies is merit. You should be motivated, highly interested in small RNA trafficking and plant-microbe interactions and have excellent English language skills (both oral and written).

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We welcome your application no later than 2021-05-07, 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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