15 Feb 2015
The research group of Eva Johansson at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU, currently has one available postdoc position.
Two-year postdoc employment on Plant protein structures
The postdoc will conduct research focusing on the development and production of specific proteins, especially the gluten proteins (gamma-gliadin and HMW glutenin), through the use of microbial systems, or through purification by HPLC. Next, the structure of the specific proteins will be studied using crystallography, microscopy and bio-imaging techniques. Polymerization of the specific proteins during chemical treatment, and at elevated temperature and pressure should be investigated, as well as the structural changes these proteins undergo during these treatments. The candidate should have a PhD degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, plant breeding or equivalent, preferably not older than 3 years, and should also have good oral and writing skills in English.
More information is available here.
9 Feb 2015
Are you a MSc or early PhD student interested in plant genetic resources and breeding? Then you have the opportunity to sign up for this ELLS MSc summer school, to be hosted this year by SLU in Alnarp.
There is a demand in Europe for young professionals with a basic understanding of classical plant breeding. Ever since the early 20th century re-discovery of Gregor Mendel´s groundbreaking work, knowledge about the genetic resources have been at the very heart of modern plant breeding. This course will introduce the students to the increasingly important field of conservation of genetic resources available for plant breeding, as well as how to characterize these genetic resources, and ultimately make use of them in practical plant breeding. A mix of lectures, case study and study visits to a genebank and plant breeding companies will provide an excellent learning experience. Leading experts in their field will be teaching the course.
The Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) is a network of leading universities cooperating in the fields of Natural Resource Management, Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Life Sciences, Animal Sciences, Food Sciences, and Environmental Sciences. Presently the ELLS network includes seven European member universities and four international partner universities. A number of ELLS summer schools for MSc students are arranged each year. The topic of the summer school 2015 within the ELLS subject area Molecular Breeding and Plant Biotechnology is Genetic Resources in Crop Breeding - Conservation, Characterization and Utilization.
Location: Alnarp, Sweden
Date: 17-28 August 2015
Level: MSc and early PhD students in plant or agricultural sciences
Credits: 5 ECTS
Application deadline: 30 April 2015
More information can be found here.
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5 Feb 2015
The research group of Åsa Lankinen at the Department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU, currently has one available postdoc position.
One year postdoc stipend on Solanum - Phytophthora interactions
The postdoc will work within a project that studies interactions between P. infestans and its hosts - potato and three wild Solanum species found in Sweden – and combines ecology and evolutionary biology with genetics and molecular mechanisms to answer questions related to pathogen virulence and plant defence to late blight disease. The work will involve both screening of resistance and tolerance to P. infestans in the lab and field work to explore potential overwintering of P. infestans in wild Solanum populations. The candidate should have a PhD degree in biology or biology-related fields, not older than 2 years, and should also be fluent in spoken and written English.
More information is available here.