Last day to apply: 31 May 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.

Four postdoctoral fellowships are open in the field of experimental plant biology at the Umeå Plant Science Centre. The fellowships are part of a larger research programme funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundations focusing on forest tree biology and biotechnology.

Application deadline is May 31st, 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). A PhD student position is open in Nathaniel Street's group at the Department of Plant Physiology, which is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre.

Application deadline is 2019-05-31.

Project description

We are seeking for a PhD student to work within a project to study the regulatory network controlling wood formation in coniferous and angiosperm forest tree species. The candidate will perform DNA affinity purification sequencing (DAP-seq) and Assay for Transposase-Accessible Chromatin using sequencing (ATAC-Seq) of developing wood from Norway spruce and aspen. The project includes generating high spatial resolution cryogeneic section series of developing wood in additional conifer and angiosperm species, generating RNA-Seq data and performing co-expression network analyses. The work will include generating CRISPR-Cas9 and/or over-expression transformation lines of aspen. The project is a collaboration between Nathaniel Street's group at the Umeå Plant Science Centre and Torgeir Hvidsten's group at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and is funded by the National Research Foundation of Norway.

A two year post-doctoral fellowship is available at Umeå Plant Science Centre in the Verger group (https://www.upsc.se/stephane_verger), from July 2019, to work on the biophysics of cell to cell adhesion in plants, using micromechanial tools, 3D image analysis and computational simulation.

The applicant should have a background in physics/biophysics or biology but with extensive experience with biophysical approaches.

Application deadline: 15.06.2019

Metacaspases in Arabidopsis and poplar

This fellowship is a part of a 5-year project, supported by Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, aiming to advance our mechanistic understanding of metacaspase family proteases. The project will develop through a close cooperation between five research groups located in Uppsala BioCenter at SLU and Umeå University, possessing complementary expertise in biochemistry, structural biology, drug design and plant cell and developmental biology. The successful candidate for this fellowship will join the group of Hannele Tuominen at Umeå Plant Science Centre in Umeå, Sweden and will be placed at Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University.

Application deadline is the 15th of June, 2019.

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team to investigate lateral root development in response to different sources of organic and inorganic nitrogen.

Application deadline: 30th of June, 2019

Project description

The major aim of this project is to understand how different sources of nitrogen affect lateral root initiation in plants.

Project 1: Evolutionarily-conserved essential single copy Arabidopsis genes
Project 2: Nitrogen and carbon metabolism interaction in cell wall development

Niittylä group is looking for a highly motivated MSc student to join our research on plant cell biology. You can choose between two projects: In the first project you will perform genetic and phenotypic analysis and cell biology experiments on a collection of Arabidopsis lines with mutations in evolutionarily conserved single copy genes. In the second project you will study the interaction of nitrogen/carbon metabolism in relation to cell wall biosynthesis using Arabidopsis mutants we recently identified. You will have the opportunity to be trained in state-of-the-art techniques in plant genetics, plant molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and microscopy, as well as scientific thinking and writing.

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