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.


Last day to apply: 31 October 2019

Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC) is one of Europe's strongest research environment for basic plant research (www.upsc.se). The postdoctoral fellowship is going to be placed in Markus Schmid's group at the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, which is part of UPSC. Our common goal is to understand the adaptability of plants and acclimatization to a changing environment.

Project description

We have recently identified a mutant in Arabidopsis thaliana that displays strong temperature-specific developmental phenotypes (Capovilla et al., 2017). The mutated gene, PORCUPINE (PCP), encodes a Sm-like pre-mRNA splice factor. Our results suggest that alternative splicing of pre-mRNA modulates growth and development in response to changes in ambient temperature and might contribute to establish phenotypic plasticity in plants. The proposed research will investigate temperature-dependent morphogenesis in plants by analyzing the role of PCP and RNA-splicing in the acclimation of Arabidopsis thaliana to changes in ambient temperature. These gene- and process-centered experiments will be complemented by unbiased genetic and genomic analyses to identify novel players in organogenesis and phenotypic plasticity. At a time when the global climate is changing at a speed unprecedented in human history, understanding the consequences that these changes will have on plant growth and development is of utmost importance, in order to secure the global food and forestry base in a sustainable manner.

Last day to apply: 1 November 2019

Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) is one of the strongest research environments for basic plant research in Europe. Research at UPSC covers a wide range of disciplines in plant biology including ecology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology (see www.upsc.se). Our common goal is to understand the plants ability to adapt and acclimate to a changing world.

A PhD student position is open at the Department of Plant Physiology, which is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to work within the project “Understanding the regulation of energy metabolism” in Johannes Hanson’s research group at UPSC. Application is open until 1 November 2019.

You can find more information about possible project or exam works (Master thesis) at the Umeå Plant Science Centre here:

https://www.upsc.se/undergraduate/1430-undergraduate-education.html
It is also possible to do your 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:

UPSC group leaders: https://www.upsc.se/research/research-groups.html
UPSC associated group leaders: https://www.upsc.se/research/associated-research-groups.html