Website Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Åsa Strand at the Department of Plant Physiology (Umeå University), which is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre, a stimulating research environment at Umeå University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work within the project “Elucidating the link between metabolic status and the epigenome”.


The establishment of photosynthetic activity drives a cellular shift from requiring external energy sources for growth and development to becoming a supplier of energy to support growth of new developing tissues. Changes to intracellular metabolism confer widespread variations in epigenetic pattern. However, the challenge is to understand how fluctuations in metabolic state control chromatin modifications. We will address this question by investigating the dynamics of global chromatin organization in response to the establishment of photosynthesis, a process that causes major changes to the cellular metabolic activity. The postdoc will be involved in a large project where we identify the proteins such as transcription factors or chromatin remodellers associated with specific histone modifications.

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