Postdoctoral position on biological control of plant diseases

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
April 25, 2024
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Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

We are looking for you that want to contribute to future sustainable plant production, in a local and global perspective. We offer a postdoctoral position within biological control of diseases in tomato production, where microorganisms are used to improve plant health and increase production in a sustainable way.

About the position

Tomato production is threatened by several different diseases. In order to increase production and reduce the use of chemical pesticides, more sustainable and efficient plant protection strategies must be developed. In this project, the microbial diversity within commercial tomato production will be studied using DNA-based methods. Microorganisms will be isolated, and evaluated for their efficacy in protecting tomatoes against diseases, both at laboratory scale and in commercial green houses in collaboration with growers. The project include international collaboration with colleagues in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Austria.

Your profile

We are looking for a motivated person with specific expertise in microbiology and plant pathology.

Qualification requirements

  • Completed doctor's degree in agronomy, microbiology, plant pathology, or similar.
  • Advanced conceptual and analytical ability in relevant areas.
  • Experience of research in plant-microorganism interactions.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.
  • Meritorious qualities

  • Good knowledge of biological control of plant diseases.
  • Good knowledge of working with fungi and bacteria.
  • Good knowledge of DNA-based analyses of microbial communities.
  • Great emphasis is placed on personal qualities such as ability to work independently, flexibility, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, to be constructive in scientific collaborations, curiosity and willingness to learn as well as good analytical skills.

    The position is intended for a junior researcher and we are primarily looking for people who have completed their doctorate no more than three years ago.

    Application should be written in English and must contain (i) CV (curriculum vitae) with full publication list, (ii) a cover letter including a short description of previous research experiences (max 2 pages), (iii) a copy of PhD diploma, and (iv) contact information of at least two reference persons familiar with the applicant's earlier scientific work.

    About us

    The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) 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. The department offers a creative and stimulating international environment and is part of the Uppsala BioCenter at SLU. The work also include collaboration with the Department of Plant Protection Biology at SLU.

    More information about the department: https: // www.

    Read more about our benefits and working at SLU by visiting https: // www.

    Place of Work:


    Form of employment:

    Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.


    100 %.

    Starting date:

    As agreed.


    Please submit your application before deadline 25 April 2024. You can submit your application by clicking the button below.

    Union representatives:

    https: // vid-rekrytering/

    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.

    Contact person

    Magnus Karlsson


    +46 18 671837

    [email protected]

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