The Department of Plant Protection Biology is an interdisciplinary constellation with good opportunities for strong research collaborations. Leading edge research is conducted in Resistance Biology, Integrated Plant Protection and Chemical Ecology to develop the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological Resources.

There is a need for new sources of resistance in order to counteract the evolution of pathogenic microbes and to develop sustainable agricultural practices. Pivotal in this development is to better understand plant-pathogen interactions and the defence-response mechanisms. To identify new players in plant-pathogen interactions for further functional assessments, we have generated quantitative proteomics data from three different immunity reactions in potato.

Now we have data suggesting that three of them are directly involved in immune signalling and stress signalling. One of them seems to be directly involved in the balance between defence and photosynthesis.

The molecular mechanisms at play will be studied and validated by molecular and biological assays, including CRISPR/Cas9. Experiments will mainly be carried out in laboratory and controlled green-house environments, but also in field trials, with both genetically modified (GM) and gene edited plants being used in the field study.

The applicant will be a part of a research group of approximately 5-10 people.


A PhD degree, or similar university higher degree, in molecular biology, plant science or plant pathology, preferably including protein work. Experiences of independent studies as well as working in a group are preferable. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required.

Place of work:

Alnarp, Sweden

Form of employment:

Scholarship 24 months



Starting date:

According to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2022-10-31, use the button below.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden.

We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world. SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.

Contact person

Professor: Erik Andreasson, +4640415349,

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