he Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology was founded in the late 1970s – when the College of Forestry moved to Umeå. The number of employees has since grown steadily is now around 100, including postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. In the late 1990s it was decided to join with the Department of Plant Physiology at Umeå University to form a research center, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). The Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology moved into the premises adjacent to the partner department and together have developed a close and successful collaboration on research issues, technology platforms, and training of master’s and doctoral level students. The international element within UPSC is large, with over 40 nationalities represented.

The department conducts introductory and advanced training in plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology, forest genetics and forest biotechnology within the Forestry program and at the master level.

The department offers postgraduate studies in biology, specializing in plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology and forest genetics. Postgraduate courses are generally held in cooperation with the Department of Plant Physiology.
For more information about the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology and UPSC visit www.upsc.se.

Description of the project

We are recruiting a researcher to develop and work with molecular tools to identify and map the spatial distribution of tree roots in the field. The goal of the work is to increase our knowledge of how different silvicultural measures influences the distribution of tree roots in monocultures and mixed species forests. The work encompasses both laboratory- and field experiments and involves also method development. Methods such as genotyping, extraction of nucleic acids, sequencing and chemical analysis using liquid chromatography will be used in the planned studies. The work will be performed in collaboration with Prof. Annika Nordin at Umeå Plant Science Center, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology and Prof. Torgny Näsholm and Prof. Tomas Lundmark and Doc. Sandra Jämtgård at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU. 

The researcher will specifically work with:

  • Designing and implementing experiments and analyzing data
  • Extraction and sequencing of nucleic acids from tree roots
  • Genotyping of tree roots using microsatellites
  • Liquid chromatography analyses using UPLC
  • Writing manuscripts


The applicant shall have a PhD degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or adjacent scientific disciplines. Experience of optimization of DNA-extraction, particularly from conifer roots as well as genotyping using microsatellites are strong merits. Additionally, experience of UPLC-analyses of amino acids is a merit. The candidate shall be meticulous, responsible and be able to collaborate with other researchers. A very good capability to communicate orally and in writing in both Swedish and English languages is a requirement.
Place of work: 

Form of employment: 

Permanent employment

Starting date: 

According to agreement.

We welcome your application no later than 2020-11-29, use the button below.
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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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