Postdoctoral Postition in Genetics and Genomics of Aspen Phenology

Umeå University

Umeå, Sweden

Project description

The project concerns the mechanisms behind tree phenology, in particular aspen autumn leaf senescence. We approach this in several ways, for example studies on variation in collections of natural aspen genotypes (e g the SwAsp collection) grown in common gardens, which have their genomes sequenced allowing for Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) to identify candidate genes. The expression of the candidate genes can be modified and the resulting trees are studied in field experiments, we also use genome editing (CRISPR-Cas9) to change the sequences of the genes. We also study gene expression using RNAseq and investigate how plant hormones and other factors regulate the process with physiological approaches in the lab and in the field. The project is part of the KAW-financed initiative ”Understanding the environmental regulation of the annual growth cycle in trees”.


You will analyse genomics data from aspen in relation to large field experiments, but also perform studies in the lab and greenhouse. The work is carried out together with the UPSC Bioinformatics platform, transformation platform, greenhouse and field staff and other persons involved. Significant amounts of data already exist.


The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a PhD in biology or equivalent with a specialization in genetics, genomics, cell- a molecular biology or equivalent field. To be eligible for this position, you should have completed your doctoral degree maximum three (3) years before the end of the application period unless special circumstances exist.

Previous expertise in the analysis of large genomics datasets is required. Experience from research on trees or other plants is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. Very god skills in written and spoken English are necessary, as well as good communication skills and ability to work in a team.

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