Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

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Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC) is one of Europe's strongest research environment for basic plant research ( The first research engineer position is going to be placed in Nathaniel Street at the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, which is part of UPSC. Our common goal is to understand the adaptability of plants and acclimatization to a changing environment.


To strengthen innovation of biological production using the latest advances in genomic sciences, the Knut and Wallenberg foundation (KAW) has financed several positions at UPSC.  The combined genomic projects target innovation in tree species including conifer genome sequencing and re-sequencing to identify genome evolution, genomic base of observed variation in phenotypic traits, RNA-Seq to identify candidate genes and gene networks for adaptive and economically important tree traits, and application of genomic selection to genetic improvement of tree species. We are looking for a first research engineer to conduct field sampling, laboratory works and research on conifer genomic science and genomic selection in Norway spruce and Scots pine. Last day to apply is 20 November 2019.

Understanding genomic base of trait variation and selection based on genome sequencing is a new frontier research area for genetic improvement of animal and plant. You will participate genomics projects of Norway spruce and Scots pine including: (1) Design and organize sampling strategy and supervise sampling of biological material for DNA and RNA extraction; (2) supervise laboratory works related to DNA and RNA extraction, and genotyping; (3) Quantitative genetics analysis and genome-wide association study for quantitative traits including phenology, flower, solid-wood, pulping, bio-energy, disease and adaptive traits; (4) Application of genomic selection to conifer trees.


Highly motivated and team-oriented candidates with experience in biology, molecular genetics, tree genetics and quantitative and population genetics. To qualify, you should have a PhD degree in subjects relevant for the position. Good English communication and writing skills are required.

2 year employment, 60%. Starting 1st of January 2020 or by agreement.


The application should contain:

  1. A personal letter that describes qualifications, research interests, and motivation for application
  2. CV with full publication list
  3. Copies of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates and grades,
  4. Copy of doctoral thesis,
  5. Contact information of two referees,
  6. Other documents wished to be claimed.

Applications must be submitted via e-recruitment system Varbi no later than November 20, 2019.

For more information, contact Nathaniel Street or Harry Wu, email: or

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Part-time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 60%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1585-19
  • Nathaniel Street, 072-537 2003
  • Harry Wu, 090 786 8217
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 07.Oct.2019
Last application date 20.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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