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Postdoctoral fellowship on dissection of the cell shape acquisition mechanisms in plants

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in Stéphanie Robert’s group at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology at Umeå Plant Science Centre and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Last day to apply: 20 January 2022

The project

Most organisms integrate environmental and endogenous stimuli via various signaling pathways that induce developmental responses. This is especially important in plants because of their sessile life style and their capacity to grow continuously and adapt their architecture according to the environmental conditions. As the most external tissue layer, the plant epidermis is a key component of the interface with the environment and plays a major role in adjusting morphogenesis, for which a tight control of cell shape acquisition is needed. The presence of the cell wall complexifies cell shape acquisition but it provides support and protection to the cell and thus has to be fairly rigid but also flexible to allow growth.

The phytohormone auxin is one of the factors stimulating cell growth by inducing wall loosening and modifying specific gene expression. Using jigsaw puzzle-shaped leaf epidermal pavement cells of Arabidopsis as a remarkably synchronous model of cell shape development, we previously demonstrated that cell shape determination requires heterogeneous mechano-chemical cell wall properties and the establishment of a dynamic auxin gradient (http://srobertgroup.com). We are now interested in the characterization of more molecular components involved in this process.

Qualifications:

The fellowship is of two years duration (one + one). Applicants require a doctoral degree in molecular, cell or developmental biology, or related disciplines, no longer than 3 years ago. Furthermore, applicants should be proficient in English and should have the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others.

Environment:

Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) is a centre of experimental plant biology in Umeå, Sweden. UPSC provides excellent facilities for experimental plant science. There are about 180 persons from 40 different countries working at UPSC. Umeå is a vibrant university town and the cultural capital of northern Sweden with good access to Stockholm and the rest of the world. Umeå also provides close access to outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, kayaking, etc.

Contact:

Applications including CV, description of research experience and contact details for two references should be sent to Prof. Stéphanie Robert: Stephanie.Robert@slu.se

Deadline:

We welcome your application no later than 20.01.2022

For more information contact Stéphanie Robert (stephanie.robert@slu.se)

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Post expires on torsdag januar 20th, 2022

Phd position, The role of plant phenology for the boreal peatland carbon cycle

Ref SLU.ua.2021.2.5.1-3890

Department of Forest Ecology and Management

A PhD student position for exploring peatland greenhouse gas exchanges is available at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU. The department includes about 100 people of which  11 are professors. Our mission is to advance the understanding of forest ecosystem processes and to progress the principles of forest ecosystem management. For more information: http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-ecology-management/

Name of research project/thesis:

Exploring boreal peatland greenhouse gas exchanges in response to climate and vegetation controls using an automated chamber system

Description:

The main goal of this PhD project is to improve our understanding of the peatland net CO2 and CH4 exchanges as well as their separate component fluxes (i.e. production, consumption and respiration) in response to climate and vegetation controls. The project is based on high temporal resolution measurements of these underlying component fluxes using an automated chamber system supported by a comprehensive suit of environmental and vegetation data. Ultimately, these detailed data will be used to further improve a state-of-the-art process-based wetland carbon cycle model. The study site is the Degerö peatland field station (www.slu.se/en/departments/field-based-forest-research/experimental-forests/vindeln-experimental-forests/degero_stormyr/) which is located close to Vindeln (Västerbotten county) and combines the ICOS (www.icos-sweden.se/station_degero.html) and SITES (www.slu.se/en/departments/field-based-forest-research/experimental-forests/vindeln-experimental-forests/) research infrastructures.  

The candidate will join a collaborative group of graduate students and senior scientists conducting unique research in boreal peatland and forests ecosystems. The student will be given opportunities for cross-project collaborations and to use existing data to explore additional areas of interest.

Qualifications:

We are searching for a highly motivated student with the following qualifications:

  • MSc degree in Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Ecology or any related field
  • The candidate must have good communication skills, a strong work ethic, be a team player and work well in a research environment
  • The candidate must be fluent in English to be able to interact in an English-speaking work environment
  • A driving license valid in Sweden is required for accessing the field sites
  • Ability to conduct field work and interest in solving technical challenges related to instrument maintenance is required
  • Previous knowledge of the peatland carbon cycle and its main drivers is desired
  • Experience with field data collection methods (ideally from flux chamber measurements) and computer program skills (Matlab, R) for handling large, high-frequency data sets are considered as strong merits         

Place of work:

Umeå

Forms for funding or employment:

Employment as a PhD student for 4 years

Starting date:

The position start date is flexible but is anticipated to be April-June 2022

Application:

We welcome your application no later than December 20 2021, 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.

Students interested in this position should send a statement of interest outlining relevant research qualifications and a CV including contact information for three academic references

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 dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least three 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 passport with your personal data and photography.

Full funding is available for 4 years and the holder of the position is expected to achieve a PhD degree at the end of this project period.

Read about the PhD education at SLU at www.slu.se/en/education/programmes-courses/doctoral-studies/

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/


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.

www.slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Matthias Peichl

Professor

matthias.peichl@slu.se

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Post expires on mandag december 20th, 2021

PostDoc position in Modelling Ecological Restoration of European Forests

Ref SLU.ua.2021.2.5.1-4086

Department of Forest Resource Management

The Department of Forest Resource Management conducts teaching and research in the areas of Forest Remote Sensing, Mathematical Statistics Applied to Forest Sciences, Forest Inventory and Sampling, Forest Planning and Landscape Studies. The Department is also responsible for several environmental monitoring and assessment programs. The Division of Forest Remote Sensing works with developments of remote sensing methods for estimation of forest resources using several kinds of sensor data, for example multi-spectral cameras, laser scanners, and radar sensors. For more information visit: https://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-resource-management/sections/forest-remote-sensing/.

Duties

We are now offering a two year PostDoc position to work as part of the EU Horizon 2020 project SUPERB. The SUPERB project will support the ambitious upscaling of ecosystem recovery targets in the EU Green Deal, including the implementation of ecosystem restoration actions in 12 demo sites across Europe. SUPERB will seek to prove gains in biodiversity assets spurred by these restoration actions through a task on monitoring, reporting and verification of biodiversity ecosystem services (MRV-BES). This task will combine advanced high-resolution remote sensing methods with eDNA sampling and acoustic surveys to describe the condition of forests. The applicant will be central to the completion of MRV-BES at SUPERB demo sites, work within a team with members at SLU, Bangor and Lancaster. The total duration of SUPERB project is 4 years.

We seek an applicant with expertise in ecological modelling and statistical sampling to design the collection of DNA samples at the demo sites, collect drone and ground remote sensing data and carry out acoustic surveys. The candidate will integrate these data sources to model the distribution of biodiversity assets at the demo sites, to help understanding how the integrity of forests can be assessed and how improvements gained from the restoration actions can be evidenced. This is a very multidisciplinary position and thus the expertise required is covered by the supervisors, with proficiency in the fields of forest inventory and remote sensing, genomics, acoustics and modelling ecological communities. Thus, it is expected that the previous experience of the candidate may lack expertise in one or various of these fields, for which training will be provided.

The role involves travelling to the UK to liaise closely with the partners in Bangor and Lancaster. This exciting role includes fieldwork near Umeå, as well as travelling to demo sites in Spain, France, Serbia, Romania, and the Czech Republic. At these demo sites, the PostDoc will develop single-species and community-based ecological models to discriminate between different types of forests at different stages of recovery and predict the expected trajectories of ecological succession. This will improve our scientific understanding of the relationships between ecological integrity and remote sensed characteristics of forests to quantify the success of restoration activities. The PostDoc will also participate in SUPERB project meetings, preparation and presentation of talks, and be responsible for the preparation of MRV-BES reports at SUPERB demo sites.

Qualifications

To be qualified for this position you need a PhD degree in any of the disciplines relevant to the post duties: ecology, biology, environmental science, forest science, remote sensing and/or ecological modelling. Experience in forest ecology, collection of forest data or remote sensing data from drones or otherwise, genomics or DNA sampling, collection and processing of animal acoustic data, and species distribution or ecological community modelling, or any combination of the above are all desirable qualities but none of them an eligibility requirement alone. Preference will however be given to those candidates with experience in modelling ecological communities. The candidate must have demonstrated experience and skills in statistical inference, R programming language and scientific writing. Knowledge about topics such as numerical programming, big data processing analysis (high-performance computing, parallel and/or bash processing), and statistical modelling are desirable qualities. The applicant is expected to be able to take own initiatives, and manage their own work both independently and within the team group. Thus, it is also essential to show good communication skills in English language to liaise effectively with other members of the group in Bangor and Lancaster.

The position is primarily aimed at junior researchers with a PhD that is no more than three years at the end of the application period.

Place of work

Umeå, Sweden

Form of employment

Temporary employment, 24 months.

Extent

100%

Start date

According to agreement

Application

Welcome with your application no later than the 13th of December.


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.

www.slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Ruben Valbuena

Professor

+44 1248 38 2445

firstnamn.surname@slu.se

Jonas Bohlin

Head of division

090-786 86 40

firstnamn.surname@slu.se

Simon Creer

Professor

+44 1248 38 2302

s.creer@bangor.ac.uk

Alex Bush

Lecturer

+44 1524 59 4368

alex.bush@lancaster.ac.uk

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Post expires on tirsdag december 14th, 2021

Post doc on carbon sequestration potential of genetically altered boreal forest in face of climate change

Ref SLU.ua.2021.2.51-3466

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

A position as a postdoc researcher is available at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is one of the highly-ranked universities world-wide in particular in the fields of forestry and soil science. At the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies we offer a creative and stimulating working environment and we conduct internationally recognized research in a variety of fields pertaining to forests and forestry.

The position is funded within the “Trees for the Future” (T4F) T4F Trees for the Future | Externwebben (slu.se) that is a national program that has been building competence around sustainable forest management since 2009. The program connects researchers from different fields to help solve real problems for a sustainable future.

Duties:

In Sweden a large majority of reforestation after harvest is done with seed lots genetically enhanced for increased production, but we currently do not know how this relate soil processes and carbon sequestration below ground. A successful candidate are expected to help answer this question by assessing how climatic variation may interact with genetics to influence carbon sequestration in soils. The work will be conducted within a 33 year old plot-level common garden experiment where genetic material are replicated across 6 sites along an elevation gradient ranging 275 – 685 MASL. The holder of the position will be conducting fieldwork to set up carbon budgets, and study soil processes across this gradient, analyse results and produce manuscript(s) for peer review publication.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate, who has shown good abilities for independent scientific work. The applicant should hold a PhD degree in biology and have knowledge and previous experience of scientific work with soil processes and carbon accounting in forest ecosystems. Experience in molecular community analysis, or other type of community analysis, is a merit and possession of a driver’s licence is a must.

The working language is English and excellent written and spoken communication in English is a requirement. A postdoctoral position is a qualifying appointment for junior researchers, intended primarily for those who have obtained a doctorate degree within the past three years.

Place of work:

Umeå

Form of employment:

Temporary employment for 1 years, with a possibility for 1 year prolongation.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

March 2022, or by agreement

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2021-12-15, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

https://internt.slu.se/en/my-employment/employee-associations/kontaktpersoner-vid-rekrytering/


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.

www.slu.se

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Petter Axelsson

Associate professor

+46 079-3042878

petter.axelsson@slu.se

Michael Gundale

Professor

+46 90-7868427

michael.gundale@slu.se

Rosario García Gil

Associate professor

+46 90-7868413

m.rosario.garcia@slu.se

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Post expires on onsdag december 15th, 2021