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Postdoctoral position in plant pathology and disease resistance breeding

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  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    20 maj

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    1 juli

Om jobbet

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
We are looking for you that want to contribute to future sustainable plant production, with focus on primary food production in Sweden. We offer a postdoctoral position within plant pathology and disease resistance breeding in pea, with focus on wilt disease.

About the position

Pea production is threatened by several different diseases. One of these diseases is fusarium wilt, caused by fungal pathogens from the Fusarium genus, which make plants sensitive to drought. In order to increase production, more sustainable and efficient plant protection strategies must be developed. One such strategy is plant breeding for increased disease resistance. In this project, new infection systems for Fusarium on pea will be developed in close collaboration with the company Findus Sverige AB. Phenotypic variation in the pathogen will be studied in greenhouse and field trials, while genetic variation will be studied using DNA-based methods. Results from the project will be implemented in a commercial breeding programme.

Your profile

We are looking for a motivated person with specific expertise in microbiology and plant pathology.

Qualification requirements

  • Completed doctor's degree in agronomy, microbiology, plant pathology, or similar.
  • Advanced conceptual and analytical ability in relevant areas.
  • Experience of research in plant-pathogen interactions.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

Meritorious qualities

  • Good knowledge of plant diseases and infection system.
  • Good knowledge of working with fungi.
  • Good knowledge of DNA-based analyses of genetic diversity.
Great emphasis is placed on personal qualities such as ability to work independently, flexibility, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, to be constructive in scientific collaborations, curiosity and willingness to learn as well as good analytical skills.

The position is intended for a junior researcher and we are primarily looking for people who have completed their doctorate no more than three years ago.

Application should be written in English and must contain (i) CV (curriculum vitae) with full publication list, (ii) a cover letter including a short description of previous research experiences (max 2 pages), (iii) a copy of PhD diploma, and (iv) contact information of at least two reference persons familiar with the applicant’s earlier scientific work.

About us

The Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems. The department offers a creative and stimulating international environment and is part of the Uppsala BioCenter at SLU. The work also include collaboration with the company Findus Sverige AB.

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Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.



Starting date:

As agreed.


Please submit your application before deadline 1 July 2024. You can submit your application by clicking the button below.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has a key role in the development for sustainable life, based on science and education. Through our focus on the interaction between humans, animals and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, we contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. Our main campuses are located in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, however, the university also operates at research stations, experimental forests and teaching sites throughout Sweden.

SLU has around 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and doctoral students and a turnover of over SEK 3 billion. We are investing in attractive environments on all of our campuses. We strive to provide a work environment characterised by inclusivity and gender equality, where different experiences generate conversations between people and pave the way for science, creativity and development. Therefore, we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


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