Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
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 Our common goal is to understand the plants ability to adapt and acclimate to a changing world. A post doc position is open at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, which is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre. We are looking for a highly motivated post doc to work within the project “Molecular Regulation of Flowering and Phenology in Trees” in Professor Ove Nilsson’s research group at UPSC.

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Project description
Two of the defining characteristics of trees are their extended juvenile phases, lasting many years, when they are uncapable of flowering, and their long lifespans which means that they in colder parts of the world have to survive extreme climatic differences between the seasons. They adapt to this by tightly controlling their phenology, i.e. when they stop growing, set bud and develop winter hardiness in the fall and when they flush their buds in the spring.
Research in the Nilsson lab has shown that these different aspects of the tree growth strategy is controlled by homologs of the Arabidopsis FT gene, which in other plants is central for the regulation of flowering time, being a major component of the elusive “Florigen” signal. The PhD position will continue to build on research on the function and regulation of FT/TFL1-like genes in trees, mainly in hybrid aspen trees, but also taking advantage of parallel work in Arabidopsis thaliana. The lab has already developed a large set of tools, including transgenic trees where most of the relevant genes affecting expression and function have been modulated through overexpression or down-regulation using RNA interference and CRISPR-Cas9 modification. The lab has also developed extensive genomic tools to study global gene expression changes in the relevant mutant backgrounds. The goal is to understand the mechanisms for how trees know when to flower, and how the exact timing for bud set and bud flush is determined.
The postdoctoral fellow will work in the group of Professor Ove Nilsson, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) is a Centre of Excellence in experimental plant biology, located in northern Sweden. The UPSC comprises approximately 200 researchers, from more than 40 countries. UPSC has excellent, world-class laboratories and associated facilities for genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microscopy, plant growth and genetic manipulation.

A PhD in plant molecular biology and/or cell biology, not older than 3 years. The applicant should be well acquainted with different molecular biology techniques. Documented experience in working with plants, as well as good knowledge of plant development is desirable. The candidate should have a good knowledge of English

Place of work:

Forms for funding or employment:
Employment 2 years with the possiblity of extension


Starting date:
According to agreement

We welcome your application no later than 2019-06-30, use the link below.

Professor Ove Nilsson
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
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