Postdoctoral Position in Plant Pathology and Disease Resistance Breeding

Postdoctoral Position in Plant Pathology and Disease Resistance Breeding

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Uppsala, Sweden

About the position

Pea production is threatened by several different diseases. One of these diseases is fusarium wilt, caused by fungal pathogens from the Fusarium genus, which make plants sensitive to drought. In order to increase production, more sustainable and efficient plant protection strategies must be developed. One such strategy is plant breeding for increased disease resistance. In this project, new infection systems for Fusarium on pea will be developed in close collaboration with the company Findus Sverige AB. Phenotypic variation in the pathogen will be studied in greenhouse and field trials, while genetic variation will be studied using DNA-based methods. Results from the project will be implemented in a commercial breeding programme.

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We are looking for a motivated person with specific expertise in microbiology and plant pathology.

Qualification requirements

  • Completed doctor's degree in agronomy, microbiology, plant pathology, or similar;
  • Advanced conceptual and analytical ability in relevant areas;
  • Experience of research in plant-pathogen interactions;
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

Meritorious qualities

  • Good knowledge of plant diseases and infection system;
  • Good knowledge of working with fungi;
  • Good knowledge of DNA-based analyses of genetic diversity.

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