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Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC) is one of Europe's strongest research environment for basic plant research ( Our common goal is to understand the adaptability of plants and acclimatization to a changing environment. We are now looking for a post doctor.

Project description and working tasks

This postdoctoral position is offered as part of a collaborative project funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and involves four groups from Umeå Plant Science Centre (Ljung, Hanson, Nilsson, Schmid; In this project, we will investigate the contribution of chromatin landscape and epigenetic regulation on the activity of the flowering time network, as well as its crosstalk with hormone and sugar signaling pathways in Arabidopsis thaliana and hybrid aspen at a tissue- and cell type specific level. The project will employ an interdisciplinary strategy based on state-of-the-art genomics, and genetics, as well as molecular and biochemical methodologies.

The work will include establishing methods for the isolation of cells, protoplast, nuclei from cells of the shoot apical meristem of A. thaliana to study the responses of plants to changes in their environments (temperature/light regimes) by genomic methods, including ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, and data analysis. New candidate flowering time genes identified will be studied in detail using genetic and molecular biology methods. Ultimately, understanding how plants perceive and respond to environmental perturbations will help us to predict the ecological consequences of future climate change and will assist in the development of new plant varieties that are better adapted to their particular environments.

The position is 2 years with start June 1, 2019 or by agreement.


The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in biology or biochemistry, preferably with a specialization in plant development and/or genomics. The doctoral degree must have been completed no more than three years before the application deadline unless special reasons apply. Experience in standard molecular biology, plant genetics is a prerequisite. Previous experience in genomic methods and high-throughput data analysis are of advantage. Good oral and writing skills in English are essential qualifications. The successful candidate is expected to have good social skills, be creative and have the ability to work independently, as well as in a team. 


The application should contain:

  1. A personal letter that describes qualifications, research interests, and motivation for application
  2. CV with full publication list
  3. Copies of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates and grades,
  4. Copy of doctoral thesis,
  5. Contact information of two referees,
  6. Other documents wished to be claimed.

Applications must be submitted via e-recruitment system Varbi no later than May 15, 2019.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Markus Schmid,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-06-01 or by agreement
Salary Montly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-516-19
  • Markus Schmid, 090-7865417,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 22.Mar.2019
Last application date 15.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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