Postdoctoral position 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.
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Previous studies carried out by the host and other laboratories have linked metacaspases to regulation of aging and cell fate in diverse organisms, but the underlying mechanisms including proteolytic substrates of metacaspases remain poorly understood. The main purpose of this project is to establish the mechanism of metacaspase function in leaf development in the model system Arabidopsis thaliana.  Gene deletions models will be utilized in Arabidopsis for functional studies and identification of metacaspase targets using the COFRADIC technology in collaboration with VIB, Ghent. The targets will be validated with enzymatic assays in vitro and in yeast, followed by functional studies.


We are looking for a highly motivated plant biologist with strong analytical skills and keen interest in understanding mechanisms and role of proteolysis. Successful applicants are expected to have a PhD, experience in cell and molecular biology, yeast-two-hybrid technology and proteolysis.  Excellent communication skills in both oral and written English are expected. Previous experience in research on Arabidopsis leaves, in vitro techniques, transcriptional regulatory studies and western analyses is a merit.

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

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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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