Postdoctorial position in evolutionary biology

Postdoctorial position in evolutionary biology


Department of Plant Protection Biology
This position is based in the Integrated Plant Protection unit at the Department of Plant Protection Biology at SLU. Our department, is an interdisciplinary constellation, encompassing Chemical Ecology, Resistance Biology and Integrated Plant Protection research units, providing excellent opportunities for strong research collaboration within and outside the departmental area. Research efforts at the department are directed towards both fundamental and applied research. Applied plant protection research is carried out in collaboration with industry and focuses primarily on the development of environmentally sustainable pest and disease control strategies for agriculture and horticulture, both in Sweden and internationally.

Project description:
We seek a motivated postdoctoral researcher who will work on a new project investigating selection of plant defence against antagonists in wild Solanum in relation to the composition of the root microbiome in different habitats. An exciting new development in studies of plant and animal immunity indicates that microbial composition in the animal gut, or the phylo- or rhizosphere of plants, is a strong contributing factor to good health. It has been suggested that microorganisms present on plants may act as an outer, first layer of immune defence against infection by pathogenic microbes. To gain a more general understanding of evolution of plant health, we need to conduct studies in natural populations taking into account selective forces generated by microbial communities and their interactions with plants.

The project also has important applied aspects for future development of sustainable plant protection strategies. The project will be performed in close connection with integrated plant protection in cultivated potato against the important potato diseases early and late blight.

The postdoc will be responsible for developing and conducting experiments in the greenhouse and in the field, involving inoculations with potato pathogens and a mycoparasitic control agent, measurements of plant performance and health, investigations of the composition of root microbiome across wild habitats, quantification of selection differentials and transplantation experiments. Other duties include bioinformatic and statistical analyses of data, and writing of scientific manuscripts.

The candidate should hold a PhD degree in biology or equivalent. Previous experiences from research in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, interactions between plants and their antagonists, bioinformatic analyses of microbiome data or quantification of selection differentials are merits. Candidates should be fluent in spoken and written English. The candidate must be capable of independent planning, execution and evaluation of experiments, and should have an interest in theory development. As a person you are enthusiastic and responsible, and have excellent collaborate skills. Personal skills are therefore an important part of the evaluation. Applicants that hold a driving license will be evaluated favorably.

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.

Place of work:

Form of employment:
Fixed term employment of 24 months.


Starting date:
Subject to negotiation, but preferably April 2020.

We welcome your application no later than 2020-04-02, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

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.

Kontaktpersoner på detta företaget

Kommunikationchef Kristina Backlund

Regionchef Pernilla Blomkvist
Projektledare Clas Vallin
Förhandlingschef Marita Runquist
Förhandlingschef Marita Runquist
Etableringsansvarig Micke Magnusson
Utbildningschef Anna-Carin Herdebrant

Utbildningschef Anna-Carin Herdebrant
Regionchef Liselotte Backlund
Affärsområdeschef Peter Johansson


  • Arbetsplats: 7-Eleven
  • 1 plats
  • 6 månader eller längre
  • Heltid
  • Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön
  • Publicerat: 19 februari 2020
  • Ansök senast: 2 april 2020


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