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PhD Position in Plant Biology, Bioinformatics – SLU, Sweden, Nov 2021

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)


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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) invites applications for the Ph.D. position in plant biology, bioinformatics, genetics at Integrated Plant Protection Unit of the Department of Plant Protection Biology, Sweden – Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: November 5, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Integrated Plant Protection unit
Department of Plant Protection Biology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

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Qualification Details

The candidate should hold an MSc degree in biology or equivalent. Previous experiences in genetics, plant breeding, pollination biology, work with plants in the greenhouse or field, molecular biology, bioinformatics and programming in R are merits. Candidates should be fluent in spoken and written English. The candidate must be capable of independent work and also be interested in the link between academia and industry. As a person you are enthusiastic and responsible, and have excellent collaborative skills. Applicants that hold a driving license will be evaluated favorably.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Genomic screening of traits for increased seed yield in red clover

The goal of the long-term food strategy for Sweden is to strengthen competitiveness and to ensure the potential of Swedish food production is fully realised to the benefit of actors and stakeholders throughout the entire food supply chain. The overall purpose of the project is to contribute to streamlining plant breeding for seed yield in red clover, an important protein-rich forage crop in Sweden. One challenge in red clover seed production is extreme variation in seed yield. In red clover, the seed yield is affected by many factors, including access to pollinators, cultivation-related factors and genotypic differences (e.g. ploidy). The aim of the project is to find stable links between seed yield and genomic data that can be used in future breeding programs based on genomic selection. The project is a collaboration between three departments at SLU (in Alnarp and Umeå) and industry funded by SLU Grogrund (Centre for Breeding of Food Crops). The work will be centred around phenotyping of plant traits in field and greenhouse studies as well as genetic analyses.

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Reference Number: SLU ua 2021.2.5.1-3371
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Documents Required

We welcome your application no later than 2021-11-05, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photography.

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About the Department Plant Protection Biology

This position is based in the Integrated Plant Protection unit of the Department of Plant Protection Biology at SLU. Our department, is an interdisciplinary constellation, encompassing Chemical Ecology, Resistance Biology and Integrated Plant Protection research units, providing excellent opportunities for strong research collaboration within and outside the department. Research efforts at the department are directed towards both fundamental and applied research. Applied plant protection research is carried out in collaboration with industry and focuses primarily on the development of environmentally sustainable pest and disease control strategies for agriculture and horticulture, both in Sweden and internationally.

About the Employer: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)


Place of work:      

Alnarp, Sweden

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment (4 years)

Starting date:

Subject to negotiation, but preferably early 2022

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Contact details

Åsa Lankinen


+46 40 415367

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