Department of Plant Breeding

SLU Department of Plant Breeding performs research and education addressing global challenges affecting our livelihoods and the environment. Within the plant breeding division, much of the work is focused on mapping the diversity, genetics and effects of interactions between genotype and environment, for different characteristics of plants. The acquired knowledge is then used to use conventional and new plant breeding methods to produce appropriate varieties in economically important plant species.


The role of small RNAs in plant-microbe interactions is poorly understood. As a bioinformatician, you will investigate plant-microbe interactions with reference to small RNA in filamentous pathogen interactions with different host plants. You will study the cross kingdom transport of small RNAs between plant and filamentous pathogens. You will thus have the unique opportunity to be involved in a project in close collaboration with RNA biologists and plant pathologists. You will have the possibility to network with number of researchers from different domains and stakeholders through various seminars and events organized by SLU.


For this position, you must have received your PhD degree not more than three years prior to the deadline of this job advertise. You must have a research focus on  small RNAs, genomics, transcriptomics and  metagenomics or similar. A proven experience of bioinformatic skills in analysing and managing large sequencing datasets of genomics, RNAseq or small RNAs is highly recommended. You should have the ability to work independently as well as in a team. You should have contributed to research through publications in peer reviewed international journals. Prior experience with small RNA studies is a merit. You should be motivated, highly interested in small RNA trafficking and plant-microbe interactions and have excellent English language skills (both oral and written).

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Temporary employment as postdoc (one year with possibility of extension)



Starting date:

According to agreement. 


We welcome your application no later than 2020-11-01, use the button below.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen, we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph.

Academic union representatives:

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

Ramesh Vetukuri

Associate Professor/Docent

+46 (0) 40415340, +46 (0) 739262363