Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Plant Biology

The position is associated with the group of Professor Daniel Hofius at SLU in Uppsala, Sweden. Research in the Hofius lab (http://www.slu.se/D_Hofius) focuses on the molecular mechanisms of autophagy, a conserved degradation and recycling process required for cellular homeostasis, stress tolerance and pathogen resistance. The project builds on our previous findings in the Arabidopsis model system that autophagy plays a paramount role in plant growth, fitness, and immunity (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Hofius+D&sort=date). We now aim to investigate autophagy mechanisms and functions in a crop plant setting and explore whether autophagy modulation via CRISPR-Cas genome editing can be utilized to improve productivity and resilience traits. The work will apply genetic, cell biological, biochemical, and physiological approaches in potato and utilize proteomics-based profiling of autophagy-related interactomes to identify new regulators as targets for autophagy manipulation. The planned research includes a close collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Mariette Andersson and Assoc. Prof. Per Hofvander at SLU and SolEdits AB in Alnarp, Sweden (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=hofvander+crispr+&sort=date).

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in molecular biology, molecular genetics, functional genomics, cell biology or related topics.

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