We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our ongoing research projects on elucidating the role of small RNAs and epigenetics in plant reproduction

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Department of Plant Biology

The research of the department focusses on plants, but other organisms such as virus, bacteria, fungi, insects, yeast cells and even human cells are also studied. Our main areas or research are: the interaction between plants and microorganisms, and other forms of stress; biotechnology and metabolic engineering; growth and development of plants; the regulation of gene expression; population genetics, genome analysis and the development of breeding systems. Species in use are model organisms such as Arabidopsis thaliana, Physcomitrella, tobacco and yeast, and crops such as rapeseed, basket willow (Salix), potato, barley, rye, wheat and cassava.

The department is responsible for basic courses and advanced courses in general and molecular genetics, gene technology, cell biology, plant physiology, gene expression, plant breeding, plant biochemistry and biotechnology, molecular interactions between plants and pathogens. Besides, the department contributes to various other biology courses together with other departments. The courses are part of the masters programs in biotechnology and natural resources, and the programs for students in agriculture and landscape architecture, but most courses are open for external students as well.


We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our ongoing research projects on elucidating the role of small RNAs and epigenetics in plant reproduction. The main focus of the project is to investigate the function of small RNAs during meiosis and pollen development. The project will involve a combination of cellular biology and molecular biology to investigate the functional role of small RNAs during plant reproduction. The position is associated with the research group of German Martinez at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala (https://germanmartinezgroup.wordpress.com/).


The candidate should have proven expertise in molecular biology, genetics, plant developmental biologyor related knowledge that the employer considers equivalent. Prior experiences with methods to study meiosis, epigenetics and microscope skills are desired. A PhD in molecular biology, genetics, or biochemistry is required. Creativity, motivation and drive are important personal characteristics as is excellent proficiency in English since English is the working language in the research group. Candidates should also have an ability to conduct independent research, take initiative, ask pertinent scientific questions, and interact with other scientists.

As 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.

Applications must contain (1) CV with full publication list, (2) a description of research experiences, (3) a copy of the PhD diploma (in swedish or english) and (4) contact information of two to three referees.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment, 24 months with possibility for extension.



Starting date:

According to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2022-03-31, use the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.


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