The postdoctoral fellowship supported by the stipend from Kempe Foundation is available to study cell wall of the wood cells in Ewa Mellerowicz’s lab at UPSC, Sweden.

Applications are considered until the position is filled.

Plant cell walls are protecting the protoplasts, regulating cell shape, and providing tissue strength. They are also involved in signalling used to coordinate development and adjust cell wall biosynthesis, but the components of these signalling networks are not well understood, especially in cells depositing secondary walls. We are studying the roles of hemicelluloses in wood cell wall biology. We have a battery of transgenic aspen lines in which the structure of the main hemicellulose - xylan - was specifically engineered using fungal enzymes. This project is aiming at identifying changes in wood cell wall chemistry induced by the altered xylan structure.

The candidate must have a strong background in cell wall biochemistry or wood chemistry. The good knowledge of MS and NMR techniques with ability to identify chemical components is required. The position is open immediately. Candidates should be recent graduates (at most 2 years from PhD, or longer if a parental leave was interrupting their professional track).

The Umea Plant Science Centre in Sweden is a strong research academic center merging two universities and focused on plant and tree biology. It is especially famous for its programs in tree biotechnology with world class well-interacting research groups and facilities supporting such research. It is known not only for its science but also for its vibrant multi-cultural environment. The working language is English.

Applications, including university transcripts, CV and a cover letter, and contacts to referees, should be sent to:

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The applications are considered until the position is filled.