A PhD position is available in the group of Alizée Malnoë (https://www.upsc.se/alizee_malnoe) in the Department of Plant Physiology at Umeå University, Sweden, to study photosynthesis in plants.

Last day to apply: 28 February 2019


We are seeking for a PhD student who will identify molecular players required for sustained energy dissipation in plants using the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. We have isolated 140 mutants affected in photoprotection through a suppressor screen which is described in Malnoë et al. Plant Cell (2017). Using whole genome sequencing, the PhD student will identify the genes mutated in mutants of interest. Sequencing will be performed at SciLife Laboratory and training for data analysis will be provided by the UPSC Bioinformatics facility. In addition, the candidate will characterize these mutants and study the function of the genes identified combining genetics, biochemistry, biophysics and physiology approaches. This project will contribute to understanding the molecular mechanisms of photoprotection in plants.

The aim of the employment for the student is to acquire a PhD and in order to full fill this main objective, to conduct research within the research project and gain relevant research skills through PhD student courses. Teaching and other work at the Department is mandatory (max 20 % of 100 % employment). The employment is limited to four years fulltime studies or five years with teaching and other obligations included. Salaries for PhD students follows an agreed salary development. Employment starts 2019-03-01 or subject to agreement.

Admission requirements

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from overseas, or equivalent qualifications. To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in plant physiology and plant molecular biology at Umeå Plant Science Centre, the successful candidate must have completed 90 ECTS credits in biology or chemistry with relevance to biology. Out of this, at least 15 ECTS credits has to be in a subject closely related to the research topic of the graduate programme as well as an independent project work of at least 15 ECTS credits in an area relevant for the project.

The candidate should have a strong interest to develop his/her expertise in genetics, computational biology and biochemistry. They should ideally have experience growing and crossing Arabidopsis, knowledge of general molecular biology and biochemistry techniques and be familiar with methods for generating and analyzing whole genome sequencing datasets. We are looking for creative and enthusiastic colleagues prepared to work both independently and in collaboration with other lab members. The successful candidate is expected to have good communication skills and must be proficient in spoken and written English.

The assessment of applicants is based on their qualifications and their ability to benefit from the doctoral-level education they will receive.


The application should contain the following documents:

  • A personal letter describing yourself, your specific research interests and your reason for applying to this position
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A certified copy of grades and degree certificates
  • Copies of relevant work such as bachelor’s or master’s thesis or articles that you have authored or co-authored
  • Contact information of at least two references, familiar with the applicant’s qualifications

Your application should be submitted via the Umeå University digital recruitment system Varbi on 2019-02-06 at the latest: https://umu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:247275/

We value the qualities that an even gender distribution brings to the department, and therefore we particularly encourage women to apply for the position.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Plant Physiology carries out research and postgraduate education in different fields of the plant sciences including, ecology, biochemistry, physiology and development, and genomics. The department is part of the Umeå Plant Science Centre, which hosts close to 200 employees and 40 principal investigators, representing about 35 nationalities. For more information please visit http://www.plantphys.umu.se/english/ and http://www.upsc.se.

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