A postdoctoral position is available in Rosario García Gil's group at the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology.

Last day to apply: 31 May 2022


The postdoc will join an EU project within the program Forest Value to work on existing data obtained in Norway spruce breeding material for phenology, growth, wood quality and pest resistance to assess trade-offs and potentials for breeding. The same tree material has been already genotyped to conduct Genome Wide Association Studies and to develop Genomic Selection models. A new common garden experiment to assess resilience and adaptability to spring frost tolerance will also be conducted in Scots pine and Norway spruce.

The Postdoc will join international meetings where he/she will have the possibility to interact and collaborate with colleagues within the EU project from Sweden (Skogforsk), Norway (NIBIO), Finland (LUKE) and Latvia (SILAVA). The Postdocs will also be encouraged to establish collaboration with the other two postdocs in the team who are conducting research in the fields of local adaptation and the effect of breeding on forest resilience, adaptability and foliar fungal biodiversity in Scots pine and Norway spruce.

The team is also conducting research in stem quality, frost phenology and biotic stress assessed with remote sensing technology, and their implementation into novel Machine Learning-driven breeding models. Hence, the postdoc will have the possibility to interact with a wide range of researchers and experts from multiple disciplines such as genetics, bioinformatics, remote sensing, breeding and machine learning.


PhD-qualified researchers are invited to apply. The candidate is expected to have good knowledge in genetics (preferably quantitative genetics-breeding theory), statistics (mix models, ML), and bioinformatics. Candidates trained in the fields of genetics and/or statistics or ML-mathematics are encouraged to apply. Experience with conifer or any other tree species will be considered as an advantage, but it is not essential. For example, a candidate working in crop or animal breeding is welcome to apply. Also, a candidate trained in ML-mathematics and statistics who fancy trees and genetics is welcome to apply too.

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most. The diploma has to be written or translated into English or Swedish to be confirmed.


Applications including a personal letter, CV, and contact information of three references should be submitted using the apply button on this webpage: https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/jobs-vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=6263&rmlang=UK
You can also find the full job description there.


For questions, please contact María Rosario García Gil, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.