Department of Plant Breeding 

SLU Department of Plant Breeding performs research and education addressing global challenges affecting our livelihoods and the environment. Our focus is on sustainable food and biobased materials production, nutritional enhancement through breeding and processing, as well as eco-efficient and resilient crops for a biobased economy in a changing climate. The Plant Breeding Division works on putting traits into usable forms by understanding their diversity and genetics with the aid of advanced breeding tools. We apply this knowledge for the genetic betterment of cultivars of economically important crops.

Developing tools for plant breeding


Plant breeding plays an important role in developing cultivars for sustainable agriculture. Developing new methods for selection can expedite the process of cultivar development. These new methods can be based on genomics, omics and high-throughput phenotyping combined with integrated data analysis. The goal of this PhD student project is to develop novel methods for selection of plants by combining high-throughput techniques using machine learning and deep learning to detect traits of interest in crops. The outcome of this project will contribute towards the strengthening of plant breeding for food crops in order to increase the innovation potential and food security. You will work with researchers involved in putting traits into usable forms by understanding germplasm diversity and genetics with the aid of omics tools. You will also work in close collaboration with the stakeholders.


You are qualified to be admitted to postgraduate education if you have a MSc degree or four years full-time studies of which at least one year at advanced level. For this position, your degree / studies must have a focus on bioinformatics, plant breeding, genetics or equivalent. You should have advanced level skills in computer programming in the languages Python, C, C++ or Java. Knowledge in statistics and experience in R is required. You should have the ability to work independently as well as in a team, and you should be able to communicate and write in English. Since the position requires visiting the fields, having a driving license is a merit.

Place of work:      


Forms for funding or employment:

Employment as PhD student (4 years)

Starting date:

According to agreement.


We welcome your application no later than 2018-07-31, use the button below.

A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dessertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your apssport with your personal data and phograghy.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

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 in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Aakash Chawade

Associate Senior Lecturer

040-41 53 28