PhD student in plant pathogen evolution

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Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

The department undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems.

Evolution in Phytophthora infestans



Project description:

The aim of the project is to investigate the evolution of fungicide resistance in Phytophthora infestans, the causal agent of potato late blight, using a combination of established and novel methods. The successful candidate will assess the prevalence and evolutionary risk of development of fungicide resistance in P. infestans in Sweden based on field sampling, molecular tools and bioassays. The project has a strong link to industry and the outcome of this work will provide strong support for an environmentally and economically sustainable future for Swedish potato production.


We are looking for a highly motivated applicant who holds an academic degree at the MSc level or equivalent in agronomy, plant protection, or related fields. Documented knowledge of molecular and phenotypic analyses associated with the population genetics and evolutionary biology of plant pathogens are highly valued. Ability to speak and write well in English and good analytic skills are required. Experience with scientific publications in referred journals is an advantage. Good teamwork, independence, strong work ethic accuracy and cultural sensitivity are valued . Selection of qualified applicants will be based on the written application (in English) including a curriculum vitae (CV) and personal references. Selected candidates will be subjected to an interview.

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Forms for funding and employment:

Employment as a doctoral student for 4 years

Starting date:

According to agreements.


Please submit your application via the application button by 2024-06 -03.
To be eligible to apply for a doctoral programme, you must have a second-cycle degree or at least four years of full-time studies, of which at least one year must be at second-cycle level. Selection among the eligible applicants is based on: written application including curriculum vitae; degree project, copies of degree certificates and register extracts from previous undergraduate and graduate studies at university or college, two personal references, knowledge of English. More information on English language requirements can be found on the following page:

Please note that the candidate(s) invited for interview must submit certified copies of their diplomas, or equivalent, and transcripts of records of previous undergraduate and postgraduate studies at university or college, and that candidates with foreign citizenship must also submit a certified copy of the page of their passport containing their photo and personal details.

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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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