UPSC is a highly dynamic institute with around 200 employees, 30 principal investigators and about 10 associated principal investigators. Approximately half of our staff is non-Swedish and the working language is English. We recruit researchers from all over the world. More than 40 nations are represented at UPSC. Post-doctoral fellows have the most diverse nationalities, but also our PIs, graduate and undergraduate students represent many different nations.

Are you interested in joining us? Please have a look below for currently open job opportunities. You are also always welcome to contact our principal investigators directly if you are interested in working with them.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop a method to visualize microbial growth around plant roots in soil in order to study factors that influence the development of the rhizosphere. A successful candidate is experienced in confocal microscopy, mycology or plant physiology. Experience in microscopy method development is desirable. The 2-year scholarship is available in the group of Sandra Jämtgård at the Department of Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå and is co-supervised by group leader Peter Marhavý at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU, UPSC.

Last day to apply: 13 June 2023

The Department of Plant Physiology at Umeå University and Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden invites applicants for a PhD position in plant science in Jian-Feng Mao's research group. The expected starting date is autumn 2023 or according to agreement.

Last day to apply: 19 June 2023

Project description

Transposable elements (TEs), major component of most plant genomes, are active and dynamic component of genome structural and functional variation and evolution. Tremendous advancements in molecular biology, genomics, and genetics have disclosed various features and roles of TEs. However, accurate and efficient tools for TEs annotation, classification, movement, lateral transfer, recombination, and evolution are still lacking or not efficacious enough especially for complex genomes, like that of conifers.

We are offering a postdoctoral scholarship in Dr. Maria E. Eriksson’s research group. We are looking for a motivated candidate who has interest in the research areas light reception, circadian regulation and abscisic acid (ABA) regulated stress responses. The scholarship refers to full-time studies for two years with starting date 1 September 2023 or according to agreement.

Last day to apply: 15 July 2023

Project description

Most organisms have an internal mechanism that ticks with approximately, but not exactly, a 24-hour period and therefore the circadian clock is named after 'circa diem' which means approximately one day. This 'clock' is set to local time using regular diurnal changes in the environment such as light and temperature changes. The role of the clock is primarily to be able to predict changes in the environment in order to optimize an organism's conditions for growth and development at the right time of day and year, e.g. daily production of biomass in both herbs and trees, as well as the timing of tree bud dormancy in autumn (Singh et al., 2020).

You can find more information about possible project or exam works (Master thesis) at the Umeå Plant Science Centre here:
It is also possible to do your Master or Bachelor thesis at the Umeå Plant Science Centre. Please contact the leader of the group you would like to work with directly. You can find a list with all group leaders here:

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