A post-doctoral position is available in the Umeå Plant Science Center, Sweden. The aim of this project is to generate evo-devo insights into the divergence of wood formation between angiosperms and gymnosperms and to advance understanding of the regulation of wood development in woody plants.
Applicants should have a PhD in plant biology, biochemistry/chemistry or, background in genetics, and a genuine interest to carry out experimental research on trees. Experience in RNA-Seq analysis, evolutionary/phylogenetic analytical methods and wood analysis is highly desirable. Good written and oral communication skills in English are required. The position can be started as soon as is appropriate.
Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC http://www.upsc.se/) is a centre of experimental plant biology in Umeå, Sweden. UPSC provides excellent facilities for plant biology research and state-of-the-art technology platforms. There are about 200 persons from 32 different countries working at UPSC. Umeå is a vibrant university town and the cultural capital of northern Sweden (and Europe in 2014) with good access to Stockholm and the rest of the world.
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
The Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU, is looking for an Associate Senior Lecturer in plant hormone physiology with a focus on forest trees. The department forms, together with the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC; www.upsc.se), one of Europe's strongest research centres in experimental plant biology. Within UPSC, around 190 people are employed, including more than 30 research leaders. The research at UPSC is focused on plant biology and plant biotechnology, with research groups working on, for example, plant cell biology, plant molecular biology, ecophysiology and forest genetics. The centre is very well equipped with state of the art technology platforms for functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microscopy, tree transformation and a transgenic plant growth facility. Several major research projects are ongoing within the centre, for example Bio4Energy (www.bio4energy.se) and Trees and Crops for the Future (www.tc4f.se). The centre recently received funding from Vinnova to establish a national competence centre in forest biotechnology (www.vinnova.se/m/kompetenscentrum/upsc/).
The Associate Senior Lecturer will perform research within the subject area of plant hormone physiology with a focus on forest trees in a broad sense. The research area can span such approaches as analytical chemistry, developmental biology, and cell and molecular biology with forest biotechnology applications. An absolutely essential task for the appointed researcher is to continue the development and application of analytical methods for plant hormones and other plant metabolites. The position also involves a close collaboration with the national platform for metabolomics at the department (http://www.swedishmetabolomicscentre.se/).