A postdoctoral fellowship is available in Stéphanie Robert's group at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology at Umeå Plant Science Centre and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Last day to apply: 20 January 2022

The project

Most organisms integrate environmental and endogenous stimuli via various signaling pathways that induce developmental responses. This is especially important in plants because of their sessile life style and their capacity to grow continuously and adapt their architecture according to the environmental conditions. As the most external tissue layer, the plant epidermis is a key component of the interface with the environment and plays a major role in adjusting morphogenesis, for which a tight control of cell shape acquisition is needed. The presence of the cell wall complexifies cell shape acquisition but it provides support and protection to the cell and thus has to be fairly rigid but also flexible to allow growth.

The phytohormone auxin is one of the factors stimulating cell growth by inducing wall loosening and modifying specific gene expression. Using jigsaw puzzle-shaped leaf epidermal pavement cells of Arabidopsis as a remarkably synchronous model of cell shape development, we previously demonstrated that cell shape determination requires heterogeneous mechano-chemical cell wall properties and the establishment of a dynamic auxin gradient (http://srobertgroup.com). We are now interested in the characterization of more molecular components involved in this process.


The fellowship is of two years duration (one + one). Applicants require a doctoral degree in molecular, cell or developmental biology, or related disciplines, no longer than 3 years ago. Furthermore, applicants should be proficient in English and should have the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others.


Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) is a centre of experimental plant biology in Umeå, Sweden. UPSC provides excellent facilities for experimental plant science. There are about 180 persons from 40 different countries working at UPSC. Umeå is a vibrant university town and the cultural capital of northern Sweden with good access to Stockholm and the rest of the world. Umeå also provides close access to outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, kayaking, etc.


Applications including CV, description of research experience and contact details for two references should be sent to Prof. Stéphanie Robert: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We welcome your application no later than 20.01.2022

For more information contact Stéphanie Robert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)