You will assist on ongoing Svensk potatisförädling research (which include field trials, plus laboratory and greenhouse work), record field data using advanced phenotyping methods, analyze genotypic and phenotypic datasets and apply biometric approaches to study genotype by environment interactions for tuber (yield and quality) and host plant resistance traits in potato grown in Sweden (Skåne and Umeå), develop genomic selection models for the traits and cross-validate them. The genetic material to be used in the project include EU cultivars (including some Nordic germplasm) and breeding material from Svensk potatisförädling. You will thus have the unique opportunity to be involved in a project in close collaboration with other potato breeders and thus gain first-hand experience of benefits and limitations of genomic selection in a real-world case study. You will have the possibility to develop new connections with many researchers and stakeholders through various seminars and events organized by SLU.
As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates who obtained a doctoral degree within the last three years from the deadline of this job posting. For this position, you must have a research focus in plant breeding, genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, biometrics or similar. You should have documented experience in developing genetic markers for breeding. You should have contributed to research through publications in peer reviewed international journals. Prior experience with genomic selection is a merit. You should have the ability to work independently as well as in a team. You should be motivated, highly interested in plant breeding and have excellent English language skills (both oral and written).