Two PhD positions in plant science with a focus on small proteins

Umea University
January 16, 2023
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Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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Two PhD positions in plant science with a focus on small proteins

The Department of Plant Physiology (Umeå University, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden) invites applicants for PhD positions in plant science. The expected starting date is during the spring, 2023.

Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) is one of the strongest research environments for basic plant research in Europe. Research at UPSC covers a wide range of disciplines in plant biology including ecology, computational biology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology (see www. Two PhD student positions are available at the Department of Plant Physiology, which is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre. Application deadline is January 16, 2023.

Project description

We are recruiting two PhD students to work on projects aimed at manipulating plant development using microProtein engineering. MicroProteins are small single-domain proteins that have been shown to control diverse biological pathways. While some microProteins are encoded as individual genes, we have evidence that other microProteins might be hiding in genes and are dynamically expressed in response to changes in the environment. We aim to dissect respective signaling pathways to understand the biological function of these small proteins and aim to use them as tools to modify specific signaling pathways. In the projects we will employ genome-engineering approaches in tomato and Arabidopsis plants to modulate microProtein expression and activity.

Admission requirements

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level the applicant must have completed a second cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS, of which at least 120 ECTS are at second-cycle level and 30 clearly relevant to the project or have an equivalent education with relevant qualifications. To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in Plant Science at Umeå Plant Science Centre, the successful candidate must have completed 90 ECTS relevant to the doctoral thesis project. Out of this, at least 30 ECTS have to be in a subject closely related to the research topic of the graduate program. Applicants who have acquired equivalent skills in some other educational system in Sweden or abroad are also eligible.

For this position, we are looking for a person with an academic background in Plant biology, Agronomy, Biotechnology or a related field as well as having a strong and documented experience in computational analysis (e.g. statistics and bioinformatics).

The successful applicant should have good skills in written and spoken English. Strong merits include experience with the analysis of large-scale sequencing data and/or plant transformation. We are looking for a creative and initiative rich person who can work independently but who can also collaborate within a larger research group. Evaluation of candidates will be based on the application and on interviews.


You apply through our recruitment system Varbi on January 16, 2023 at the latest. The application is written in English, Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish and should include:

1. A short (max 2 pages) description of why you are interested in the position 2. CV 3. Certified copies of certificates from higher education 4. List of completed university courses and the grades 5. Copy of publications/degree thesis


If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Stephan Wenkel,, https: // www.

Documents should be sent electronically, in MS Word or PDF format, trough the recruitment system. The procedure for recruitment for the position is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (chapt. 12, 2 §) and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed.

The Department of Plant Physiology values the qualities that an even gender distribution brings to the department, and therefore we particularly encourage women to apply for the position.

We look forward to your application!

The Department of Plant Physiology carries out research and postgraduate education in different fields of the plant sciences including, ecology, biochemistry, physiology and development, and genomics. The department is part of the Umeå Plant Science Centre, which hosts close to 200 employees and 40 principal investigators, representing about 35 nationalities. For more information please visit https:// www. and https:// www.

Umeå University strives to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

Contract type Full time First day of employment Våren 2023 eller enligt överenskommelse Salary Månadslön Number of positions 2 Full-time equivalent 100 City Umeå County Västerbottens län Country Sweden Reference number AN 2.2.1-1905-22 Union representative

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  • Published 06.Dec.2022 Last application date 16.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET

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