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.
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
The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in plant biology or other
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
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
Place of work:
Form of employment:
Temporary employment, 24 months
According to agreement. (Earliest October 2021)
We welcome your application no later than 2021-09-15, use the button below.
Academic union representatives:
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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.