Department of Plant Biology

A Post-doctoral position is available at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden to investigate the mechanism behind plant graft formation. Although grafting is widely used in horticulture to improve yields and introduce disease resistance, we have little understanding of how plants graft and why some plants efficiently graft whereas others do not.

Work environment:

The Post-doc position is funded by a starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC), and the successful applicant will work in the group of Charles Melnyk ( for an initial period of two years. The department is located in the recently built Uppsala BioCenter at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Uppsala is a lively university city, conveniently located close to Stockholm (40 minutes by train) and Stockholm’s main international airport (20 minutes by train).


The aim of this Post-doc position is to build upon recent discoveries made in grafting (Melnyk et al. 2015. Current Biology. 25(10):1306-18; Melnyk et al 2018. PNAS. 115(10): E2447-E2456) and apply these findings to better understand why grafts fail, a process termed graft incompatibility. The project will use comparative transcriptomics and genetic screens to identify genes that can be used to improve graft formation. The project will include several international collaborators and will focus on understanding the role of self/non-self recognition, tissue regeneration and stress response to ultimately better understand how plants graft.   


Candidates should have a PhD in plant developmental biology, plant genetics, plant molecular biology or related topics that the employer considers equivalent. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at most. Prior work with genetics, plants, transcriptomics, microscopy and molecular biology are assets. Experience with techniques that require micro-manipulation such as grafting, tissue culture or meristem dissection would be valuable. Creativity, motivation and drive are important personal characteristics as is excellent proficiency in English since English is the working language in the research group. Candidates should also have an ability to conduct independent research, take initiative, ask pertinent scientific questions, and interact with other scientists. A demonstration of previous scientific output is also highly desirable, such as a first author or joint-first author published paper.


Applications must include (1) CV with full publication list, (2) a description of research experiences, (3) a letter of motivation and (4) PhD diploma and (5) contact information of two to three references.

Place of work:


Form of employment:

Fixed term employment of 24 months



Starting date:

Spring/Summer 2021 according to agreement


We welcome your application no later than 2021-03-19, use the button below.

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

Charles Melnyk