PhD student, subject Biology specialized in Plant Biotechnology - Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet - Administratörsjobb (offentlig verksamhet) i Lomma
PhD student, subject Biology specialized in Plant Biotechnology
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet / Administratörsjobb (offentlig verksamhet) / Lomma
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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. The PhD position is financed by GroGrund, the Swedish competence centre for plant breeding.

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, there is a need for an increased utilization of biological resources produced in agriculture. The most commonly used storage products of plants are starch, oil and protein. In many plants these products coexist with antinutritional compounds. For potato there are certain level requirements regarding glycoalkaloids and it is of great interest to secure the quality of e.g. potato protein for human consumption by controlling these substances. This PhD project will specifically focus on the biosynthesis of glycoalkaloids in potato and study the genetic mechanisms governing these substances using genome editing. The PhD student project will be in close cooperation with researchers at SLU in Uppsala and in interdisciplinary research projects.

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 and regulatory mechanisms for glycoalkaloids mainly in potato tubers. The work will include genomics, various molecular biology techniques, cell isolation and transfection, tissue culture, greenhouse experiments and analysis of consequences for glycoalkaloidbiosynthesis.

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.

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Forms for funding or employment:
Employment (4 years)

Starting date:
2019-10-01, or according to agreement.

We welcome your application no later than 2019-08-11, 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 passport with your personal data and photography.

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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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Mariette Andersson, Researcher, Deputy Head of the Department 040-41 55 41
Per Hofvander, Researcher 040-41 50 13

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