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The Faculty of Technology offers a broad spectrum of activities across nine
different departments and is central to the technical education and research
conducted at Linnaeus University. The Department of Forest and Wood Technology
offers wide-ranging thematic activities from forest ecology to finished wood
products. Benefits for the climate arising from forests lie at the core of all
Subject field for the position: Postdoc associate in Forest Health.
Placement: Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of
Technology, Växjö, Sweden.
Extent and period: Start date as agreed, for a duration of two (2)
years. The extent is 100%.
Context of position:
The project addresses the process of formation of necrosis (dying and dead
tissue that forms lesions or cankers) caused by pathogens in woody tissues.
This process is often used as a proxy for tree disease resistance in bioassays
that aim to support the selection of resistant genotypes for breeding
purposes. A so far poorly understood factor in this interaction is the
associated microbiome, the communities of fungi and bacteria on and inside the
tissues of every tree. These microbes may influence the interaction between a
specific pathogen and the host tree, e.g., by antagonizing the invading
pathogen or by inducing or suppressing the plant defences. The environment
strongly determines the composition of tree microbiomes and thus they can
impose the necrosis formation with an environmentally determined control that
could obscure the interpretation of lesion size as a proxy for the genetic
resistance of trees. This project aims to clarify the possible involvement of
the microbiome in necrosis formation in pines and to critically evaluate the
reliability of necrosis size as a proxy for genetic resistance of trees
against fungal pathogens in bioassays.
The work consists of research tasks within the project " Evaluation of
necrosis formation as a robust tool in forest tree resistance breeding ". You
will be responsible for laboratory and greenhouse studies aimed at increasing
understanding of the role of endophytic fungal and bacterial communities in
necrosis formation in forest trees. You will design and optimize experimental
protocols and use metagenomics and advanced microscopy to produce data that is
then reported in scientific and popular science publications. The practical
relevance of the findings will be evaluated together with the stakeholders.
You are expected to participate in joint tasks in the laboratory, including
assistance in teaching at the advanced level and in postgraduate education,
which may also include supervision of student projects.
Qualified for the position is a person who holds a doctoral degree in biology,
microbiology, ecology, forest sciences or a related subject, or has a foreign
degree that corresponds to a doctoral degree. Because 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. Eligibility for this employment also requires knowledge and
demonstrated skills in molecular techniques and laboratory methods.
Proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required. Experience in
forest pathology or mycology is merit. Applicants must not have previously
been employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one year in the same or
related subject area at Linnaeus University.
Professor Johanna Witzell, tel: 0470-70 88 25, E-post
Head of department: Erika Olofsson, tel: 0470 70 80 99, E-post:
HR-partner: Jesper Pettersson, E-post Jesper.email@example.com
Last day to apply is 14th October 2022
Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even
gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.
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no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.