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Postdoctoral position on fungal comparative genomics

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  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    2 februari

  • Sök jobbet senast

    7 mars

Om jobbet

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
A post-doctoral position is available at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Project description
Fungal biocontrol agents hold great promise for replacing chemical pesticides in future food production but is yet to reach its full potential due to associated challenges including variation in biocontrol efficacy. Knowledge-based improvement of biocontrol efficacy requires an understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying the interaction between fungi and plants. Technological advances have enabled large-scale genome analyses of fungi and other organisms. This project will focus on comparative genomics of fungi used for biological control of diseases on agricultural crops. The work mainly involves population genomic and transcriptome analyses. Analyses of microbial community composition based on DNA markers may also be included.

About the work

We seek a motivated postdoctoral candidate to join our ongoing research on biological control of fungal plant pathogens. The postdoc is expected to mainly perform comparative genomics analyses of fungi, and transcriptomic analyses of RNA-seq data. Analyses of microbial community composition based on DNA markers may also be included.

Your profile

The candidate should have a PhD degree in biology, bioinformatics, genetics or similar. 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. A proven experience of bioinformatic skills in analysing and managing large sequencing datasets is highly recommended. Previous experience from research in fungal-fungal and plant-microbe interactions will be considered as a merit. Good knowledge of English in both speaking and writing is a prerequisite. Candidates should also have an ability to initiate, plan, and to work in team and independently.

About us

The department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology 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.

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Form of employment:

Temporary employment 24 months, with the possibility of extension.



Start date:

As agreed.


Please submit your application before deadline 7 March 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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