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Postdoc stipend in plant-microbe interactions

Postdoc stipend in plant-microbe interactions

SLU Uppsala, Sweden


The role of autophagy during virus infection

Department of Plant Biology

The postdoctoral stipend will be based at the Department of Plant Biology, Uppsala BioCenter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Linnean Center for Plant Biology.

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.


We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our ongoing research on molecular plant-microbe interactions. We study the role of autophagy, a conserved process for degradation of cellular content, in plant immunity and disease. The aim of the project is to elucidate the targets and functions of autophagy in response to virus infection, and builds on our recent finding of selective autophagy processes in antiviral immunity (Hafrén et al., 2017, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 114, E2026-E2035). The work will involve genetic, biochemical, cell biological, and proteomic approaches mainly in Arabidopsis and tobacco plants. The stipend is associated with the research group of Prof. Daniel Hofius at SLU in Uppsala. For more information about the Hofius lab, please visit the homepage:


The candidate should have a PhD degree in molecular biology, genetics, or biochemistry, and proven expertise in molecular plant biology and plant-microbe interactions. Experiences in cell biology, proteomics, and the analysis of protein-protein interactions are highly valued. Excellent communication skills in both oral and written scientific English are expected. Candidates with a strong interest in virology, plant innate immunity and autophagy research are especially encouraged to apply. 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.


More information to be found here

SLU Uppsala, SE

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