Postdoctoral project - Spatio-temporal resolution of plant autophagy in vivo

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sweden

September 15, 2021

Description

The department of Molecular Sciences Swedish Agricultural University (SLU) is one of the highly-ranked

universities world-wide. The department of Molecular Sciences belongs to the NJ-faculty and is located at the Uppsala BioCenter, Ultuna campus of SLU. Our department is a vivid, multicultural workplace employing over a hundred researches with a very broad range of expertise including nanotechnology, inorganic and organic chemistry, structural biology, food science, microbiology, plant biochemistry and cell molecular biology. The department hosts or is responsible for outstanding facilities for protein crystallography, chromatography, bioreactor, NMR, mass spectrometry, advanced microscopy: AFM, SEM, confocal microscopy and contributes to the development and use of the Max IV synchrotron. The department provides a nourishing environment for establishing new transitional research.

Duties:

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join us in elucidating organ-specific roles of plant autophagy during stress responses.

Autophagy is the major catabolic process of eukaryotic cells. Plant autophagy plays an important role in drought and salt stress tolerance, plant-pathogen interactions, fecundity and longevity of the organism(1, 2). In our previous studies we demonstrated that artificial upregulation of autophagy has an invigorating effect on plant performance (3, 4). To fully harness the potential of plant autophagy and use it for improving the crops we are investigating its fine dynamics under stress conditions.

​For our studies we develop customized molecular reporters (5) and engineering solutions (6), which allow us to address new questions. In this project we will implement our recently established tools to characterize previously untraceable important features of plant autophagy.

https: // www. alyonaminina.org/2021-postdoc

Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in plant biology or other relevant topic.

The candidate must be highly motivated, interested in working in a multicultural environment, be fluent in spoken and written English (upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6). Experience with molecular biology, genetic engineering, typical plant model organisms are required, knowledge of programming languages is a benefit.

It is important to be able to work both independently and in a group and to be able to take own initiatives. The applicant also has documented experience of independent scientific work. Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability.

Candidates who have completed their doctoral studies less than three years ago are encouraged to apply for the position. Attach to the application (1) CV including list of publications, (2) a justification for your interest in the position (maximum two pages, single line spacing) and (3) names of two references.

Place of work:

Uppsala

Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

According to agreement. (Earliest October 2021)

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2021-09-15, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

https: // internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner- vid-rekrytering/

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.

www. slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Alyona Minina

Ass. Prof.

+4618673320

firstname.lastname@slu.se

Vadim Kessler

Prof.

+4618671541

firstname.lastname@slu.se

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