Post doc Position, at the Department of Forest Genetics & Plant Physiology

Post doc Position, at the Department of Forest Genetics & Plant Physiology


The 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

Area: Carbon assimilation and carbon partitioning in trees

A post-doctoral position is available in the Niittylä group at the Umeå Plant Science Center, Sweden ( to study carbon assimilation and carbon partitioning in trees. The project builds on our recent work on starch metabolism and carbon allocation in trees and Arabidopsis (Dominquez et al 2021; Wang et al. 2022; Fuenfgeld et al. 2022). We are now looking for a postdoc scientist who will use functional genomics and carbon-13 isotope flux measurements to investigate the mechanisms of carbon partitioning between storage and growth in trees. The project will benefit from close links to bioinformaticians and tree growth modellers.

Applicants should have a PhD in plant molecular biology, plant biochemistry or plant physiology and a genuine interest to carry out experimental plant research with a focus on trees. Wet lab molecular biology skills are important and previous experience on metabolite and/or metabolic flux analysis are highly desirable. English fluency and publication of the PhD work in peer-reviewed high-quality journal(s) is required. The application including a letter of interest detailing research experience, achievements and publications, curriculum vitae and the names of 2 – 3 references 

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most.

Please send you application, including a personal letter, CV, diploma, and contact information of two to three references.

Place of work:

Form of employment:
Temporary employment, 24 months, with possible extension.


Starting date:
According to agreement.

We welcome your application no later than 2022-06-17, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

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.


  • Arbetsplats: Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
  • 1 plats
  • 6 månader eller längre
  • Heltid
  • Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön
  • Publicerat: 20 maj 2022
  • Ansök senast: 17 juni 2022

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