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.
For more information about the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology and UPSC visit www.upsc.se.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at the Umeå Plant Science Centre

A short-term researcher position is available in the group of Dr Judith Lundberg-Felten at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at the Umeå Plant Science Centre (www.upsc.se), from March to August 2021.


We are looking for an experienced researcher for investigating the functionality of fungal auxin carriers by transient expression in plant cells and yeast and stable expression in the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor as well as Arabidopsis thaliana. We have generated a large variety of constructs ready to characterize by microscopic investigation and phenotypic characterization. Expression in L. bicolor requires furthermore insert number and -position analysis by ddPCR and HiTail PCR respectively.


The successful candidate holds a PhD in molecular biology/biochemistry/plant biology and has several years of postdoc experience in working with plant cells (Arabidopsis, tobacco), yeast and higher fungi. The candidate has expertise with confocal microscopy, cloning, sterile culture systems, ddPCR and TAIL-PCR. Previous experience with auxin biology is a merit. As a person, the successful candidate needs to be well organized and like to work independently under supervision. The candidate should also appreciate to interact with people with different cultural backgrounds and have good communication and English skills.

Please submit your letter of interest with a short description of your research profile, your CV (including your publication list), Phd diploma in English or in Swedish as well as 2-3 contacts to references.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment of 6 months.



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We welcome your application no later than 2021-01-31, use the button below.

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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.

Contact person

Judith Felten

assistant university lecturer




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