PhD position in plant molecular biology and forest biotechnology : Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden
Umea Plant Science Center (UPSC, www.upsc.se) is a vibrant and international research center in experimental plant biology and forest . UPSC accomodates thirty research groups with more than 200 scientists from 35 countries as well as relevant technical platforms for advanced biological and chemical plant science.
position at Umeå Plant Science Centre in plant and forest
Project description : We are looking for a highly motivatedstudent to work with our project on ethylene biology in wood formation of forest trees. Our previous research has shown that ethylene is one of the key regulators of wood formation (Love et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 106:5984-9 and Andersson-Gunnerås et al. Plant J. 2006 45:144-65). Ethylene is involved in particular in tension wood formation, a phenomenon which involves drastic modification of wood development and wood chemistry. Our aim is to unravel ethylene signaling during xylem development and wood formation, with the long-term vision to create tools for forest applications. The project will start by detailed characterisation of newly produced, transgenic Populus trees that are modified in their expression of transcription factors acting in ethylene signalling. The transgenic lines have already been demonstrated to have a modification in their wood chemistry. Further work will include a variety of techniques including analyses of the trees on DNA, RNA and protein level applying for example RNA sequencing, and deeper analysis of wood properties with mass spectrometry and FT-IR. Function of selected transcription factors is also characterised in the herbaceous woody model system Arabidopsis thaliana by using state-of-the-art techniques in , genetics, , cell wall analytics and microscopy.
Qualifications : Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree or university studies of 240 ECTS (4 full years), including a minimum of 60 ECTS at an advanced level in biology,, , or equivalent. Previous experience, exam work or advanced courses in cell and , plant biology and/or forest is an advantage. Good social skills, ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others and good skills in English language are required. Your application should contain a personal letter of intent, CV, copies of your exams and list of the academic courses included in the exam as well as names and contact information of three reference persons. Evaluations will be based on the results of the university courses, quality of the Master’s thesis, personal references, interviews and the letter of intent.
Duration : A www.kbc.umu.se). The student is expected to participate in teaching (max 20%) which will be compensated by corresponding prolongation of the position.program in Sweden takes 4 years (240 ECTS). 180 ECTS corresponds to the thesis work and 60 ECTS to courses, seminars and conferences. courses are provided within the graduate training of UPSC and the KBC centre of Umeå University (
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Deadline : 25.06.12