Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - SLU
Postdoc position on autophagy and vacuolar transport in plants
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - SLU
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Application deadline: Jun 22
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
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Postdoc position on autophagy and vacuolar transport in plants

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Department of Plant Biology

The postdoc position will be based at the Department of Plant Biology, Uppsala BioCenter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Linnean Center for Plant Biology. Research: The department undertakes fundamental research on model organisms, agricultural crops, forest trees and bioenergy crops. Our main areas of research comprise the interaction of plants with microorganisms and other environmental stresses; plant growth and development; biotechnology and metabolic engineering; regulation of gene expression; population genetics, genome analysis and the development of breeding systems. Species in use are model organisms such as Arabidopsis, Physcomitrella, tobacco and yeast; crops such as rapeseed, basket willow (Salix), potato and cereals; and pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi/oomycetes. Education: The department is responsible for basic courses and advanced courses in general and molecular genetics; gene technology; cell biology; plant physiology; gene expression; plant breeding, plant biochemistry and biotechnology; molecular interactions between plants and pathogens. Besides, the department contributes to various other courses together with other departments.


The position is associated with the group of Professor Daniel Hofius at SLU in Uppsala, Sweden. Research in the Hofius lab focuses on molecular mechanisms of autophagy, a conserved degradation and recycling process involved in cellular homeostasis and stress adaptation during plant growth and immunity. The project builds on the recent identification of membrane proteins and trafficking regulators that contribute to the control of vacuole integrity, hormone signaling, and autophagy (Liu et al. 2017, Mol. Plant; Munch et al. 2015, Plant Cell). We now aim to further elucidate the biochemical functions as well as the regulatory genetic pathways and protein networks associated with these proteins. The work will involve the characterization of genetic suppressors of mutant phenotypes in combination with cell biological and proteomic approaches in the model plant Arabidopsis. For more information about the Hofius lab and recent publications, please visit the homepage (http://www.slu.se/D_Hofius) and Pubmed (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hofius+D)


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in molecular biology, genetics, or biochemistry. Applicants should have a strong background in plant cell and molecular biology and a competitive track record in internationally peer-reviewed journals. Documented experience in cell biological and forward genetic approaches in Arabidopsis as well as in the analysis of membrane trafficking/transport and protein-protein interactions are highly valued. Training in plant resistance responses and pathogen assays is a merit but not a prerequisite for the position. Excellent communication skills in both oral and written English are expected. Candidates with a strong interest to work on autophagy and vacuole biology in the context of plant growth and immunity are particularly encouraged to apply. 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. The selection is based on the written application, CV, publication record, personal references, and an interview.

Specific documents attached: Applications must contain (1) CV and copy of PhD diploma, (2) statement of scientific interests and motivation for applying to this position, (3) description of research experience and other activities of relevance for the position, as well as (4) contact information of at least two references.

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Fixed term employment of 2 years, with possible extension.



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By agreement; the position is immediately available.


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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture. 

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.


SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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Daniel Hofius
Professor of Molecular Plant - Pest / Disease Interactions

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