Postdoctoral position, 3 months at UPSC, Umeå

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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.
For more information about the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology and UPSC visit

Project: Molecular characterization of somatic embryo plant acclimatization and early plant growth


The goal for the overall project is to identify regulatory mechanisms involved in acclimatization and early plant development of somatic embryos of Norway spruce (Picea abies L.Karst).  In this specific part of the project, the post doc is performing detailed morphological studies to characterize different types of embryos and their developmental path to established plants. Gene expression analysis and mining of existing databases will be applied to describe the embryo types and their developmental paths.


The suitable candidate will make detailed microscopy analyzes of embryo morphologies and document differences based on previously identified characteristics for embryo types. Mature embryos are cultivated through development until the plants show well established growth. Gene expression is monitored thoughout development by Q PCR of target genes. Existing database will be utilized to provide background expression information.


The applicant should have a PhD in a relevant biological field and in depth knowledge of conifer somatic embryo morphologies during development and know how to cultivate conifer somatic embryos up to the plant stage. Experience from gene expression analysis by Q PCR is required. Sufficient knowledge to independently utilize existing datasets for in silico transcript profiling is also necessary.  Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Applicants for the position with a background in animal/human sciences will not be considered.

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Fixed term employment of 3 months, with possible extension.



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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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