Phd-student in population dynamics in Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Apr 2024

29 Mar 2024
Job Information

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

11 Apr 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

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Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology

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.

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Research subject:



The employment is part of the project Genetic basis of adaptive response in conifers, which aims to understand the genetic basis of climate adaptation in conifers, and in an applied context, predict individuals that can make locally adapted populations more resistant to changing climates.

The student will analyze a large spatially nested dataset of sequenced Norway Spruce (Picea abies) from across Europe for insights into the population dynamics of managed and natural populations. 


The applicant must have a masters degree and experience in bioinformatic and population genetic analysis using reduced representation and whole genome sequence conifer data. The candidate must have very good knowledge of R and bash. Very good skills in written and spoken English is obligatory.

Place of work:      

Umeå, Sweden

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment 4 years 

Starting date:

According to agreement. 


Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2024-04-12.

To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master’s) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here:

Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, or equivalent, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport’s information page containing their photograph and personal details.

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Academic union representatives:

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.

Research Field
Biological sciences
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Research Field
Biological sciences » Biology
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Postal Code
Personalavdelningen, SE-901 83 UMEÅ 985JVM

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Personalavdelningen, SE-901 83 UMEÅ 985JVM
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