Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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A postdoctoral position is available in Alizée Malnoë’s lab in the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden. This is a two-year full-time position. Application deadline is August 31, 2018.

Umeå Plant Science Center

The Department of Plant Physiology is part of Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC) which is one of Europe’s strongest research centers in experimental plant biology ( UPSC’s research focuses on plant molecular biology, plant physiology, cell biology, tree biotechnology, ecophysiology and forest genetics and is supported by a large choice of specialist driven technical platforms. UPSC is a multicultural workplace with 190 people from all over the world. Our lab and the broader research environment at Umeå University provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere and many opportunities for collaboration.

Project description

Our lab studies the molecular mechanisms that protect photosynthetic organisms against abiotic stress, in particular the sustained dissipation of excess light energy in Arabidopsis and evergreens. We use a wide range of approaches including genetics, comparative genomics, biochemistry, biophysics and physiology. We are looking for creative and enthusiastic colleagues prepared to work both independently and in collaboration with other lab members. Initial projects are most likely to focus on (1) using in vitro and in vivo methods to investigate the biochemical properties of molecular players involved in the sustained photoprotective component qH (Malnoë 2018 EEB), or (2) using comparative genomics and genome editing in Norway spruce to identify and characterize molecular players of sustained energy dissipation in evergreens. Over time, postdocs will be encouraged to develop new research directions reflecting their own interests, within the broad field of photosynthesis and photoprotection.

The position is a two-year full-time employment that will open in October 2018 or according to agreement.

Competence requirements

You should have a PhD degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a PhD, in biology, chemistry or another related field. To be eligible, the degree should have been completed a maximum of three years before the end of the application period unless certain circumstances exist.

The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in plant biology, computational biology or biochemistry and published in peer reviewed journals. The candidate should think creatively and be enthusiastic about figuring out how nature works. Interdisciplinary training and interests are merits. The candidate must be proficient in spoken and written English. The successful candidate is expected to have good communication skills and the ability to work independently, as well as in a team.

The application

The application should include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing research interests, experience and motivation for applying (max 2 pages),
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) with a publication list,
  3. Copies of relevant degree certificates,
  4. Copies of the PhD thesis and relevant publications (max 5 publications),
  5. Names and contact information of three references. 

Applications must be submitted via e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 2018-08-31.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018-10-01
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1199-18
  • Alizeé Malnoe, 090 786 54 59
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 19.Jun.2018
Last application date 31.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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