PhD student, subject Biology specialized in Plant Biotechnology

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Department of Plant Breeding

The Department of Plant Breeding conducts research, education and innovational work of strategic importance for the society’s long-term sustentation of provisions, industrial raw material and energy. At the same time we strive to meet the increasing need of raw material and at the same time make the plant production more and more environment-friendly. The department operates partly at the SLU campus in Alnarp, outside of Malmö and partly at the SLU property Balsgård, outside of Kristianstad. As an integrated part of the work, the department also conducts plant breeding programs concerning apple, black currant, sea buckthorn and potatoes.

Genome Editing Potato


In order to supply people in the future with food and animals with feed, and at the same time convert to a bio-based economy within the industry, increased knowledge about what regulates plant storage products and quantity within the farming is needed. The most commonly used storage products of plants are starch, oil and protein. At the department, we are studying the genetic mechanisms behind the synthesis of these products in order to better understand and control storage and product quality. This PhD project will specifically focus on mechanisms that control protein and starch structure and loading in potatoes. The PhD student project will be in close cooperation with researchers in interdisciplinary research projects.

Work duties:

The Department of Plant Breeding is now seeking a PhD student to the Division of Plant Biotechnology. In the project, the doctoral student will use modern plant breeding techniques, based on CRISPR-Cas9, to introduce targeted edits in the potato’s genome with the goal of studying enzymatic mechanisms as well as to modify protein- and starch structure. The work will include genomics, various molecular biology techniques, cell isolation and transfection, tissue culture, greenhouse experiments and analysis of starch and protein quality.


We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person with an interest in practical experimental biology and good ability to work in a collaborative research environment. Applicants should have a university degree with a focus on molecular biology, plant biology, genetics or biochemistry. Documented experience of practical work with tissue culture and molecular biology methods is meritorious. The applicant is expected to be fluent in English, both in speech and writing.

Place of work:


Forms for funding or employment:

Employment 4 years

Starting date:

2019-03-01, or according to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2019-01-15, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dessertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your apssport with your personal data and phograghy.

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Academic union representatives:

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.

Contact person

Mariette Andersson

Researcher, Deputy Head of Department

070-376 29 22

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Post expires on Tuesday January 15th, 2019