Postdoctoral fellow within Molecular Plant Biology

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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About the position

The Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant two-year Post-Doctoral position related to molecular mechanisms involved in abiotic and biotic stress tolerance of crop plants.

The selected candidate will work on ongoing projects on optically induced resistance/tolerance to biotic stress (powdery mildew-gray mould) and abiotic stress (selective wavelengths of optical radiation) in tomato and strawberry.

Main tasks

The main tasks are to characterize the pathways involve in induced host resistance, polyphenol biosynthesis and its regulation by selective optical environment. In addition, to identify possible molecular markers that can be used for marker assisted selection of crop plants in breeding.


Required Academic qualifications

  • Completed PhD within the area of biotic and abiotic stress responses of crop plants.
  • Experience in molecular biology (gene expression, gene silencing)
  • Bioinformatics knowledge for RNA Seq data analysis

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience with fungal phytopathogen and its interaction with plants, preferably powdery mildew and gray mold
  • Microscopy
  • Ability to design and execute experiments with statistical data analysis
  • Ability to work independently with strong analytical, organizational, writing, and communication skills

You need to:

  • Be proficient in English, written and spoken
  • Have good collaborative skills

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77) (NOK 523.200-741.300), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

For further information, please contact Dr. Aruppillai Suthaparan, E-mail: ; phone +47 67232803

information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 15th November 2020.

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 15th November 2020. Please quote reference number 20/04286

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About The Faculty of Biosciences

The Faculty of Life Sciences (BIOVIT) aims to help shape the future food- and bio-production of through teaching and research within biology and sustainable production and use of plants, livestock and fish. The faculty has an annual turnover of approx. 250 million kroner. The faculty is organized into nine research sections: Genome biology, Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology, Ethology and Animal Environment, Nutrition and Physiology, Agroecology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Protection and Food Crops, Pant Biology and Biotechnology. The faculty has seven large and small research centers and laboratories, including a center for outstanding innovation (CFI) - Foods of Norway. The faculty is responsible for bachelor's and master's degrees in Aquaculture, Biology, Animal Science and Plant science as well as English-language master's degrees in Agroecology, Plant Sciences, Feed Manufacturing Technology and Genome Sciences. The faculty is responsible for PhD degrees in animal science and plant science. The faculty currently has about 550 bachelor and master students and 90 PhD students. The faculty has about 220 employees and its own faculty administration.


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