Sweden: PhD Positions in Wood Science,

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Closing date: April 27, 2006

The newly established Swedish Research Centre is interdisciplinary and
aims to understand and link the genetics, biology and chemistry of key
wood properties. The Centre is funded by the Swedish Research Council
for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS).
The program uses Poplar as a model species and is built around a
network of top-scientists with expertise in plant biology, chemistry
and biotechnology located at Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC;
www.upsc.se/), the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University
(www.chem.umu.se/), WURC (www-wurc.slu.se/) and KTH
(www.biotech.kth.se/woodbiotechnology/). A Stakeholder Advisory Board
and a Scientific Advisory Board are also included in the organisation
of FuncFiber.


Chemometrics focusing on functional genomics in wood biology
.
A PhD student position in chemometrics is available at the Department
of Chemistry, Umeå University. The research will involve experimental
planning, establishing robust experimental protocols and data modeling
and evaluation. It will apply a ‘systems biology approach’ that
requires the integration of information from multiple parts of a
biological system to understand the whole system. A major challenge is
to utilize the information from multiple and different types of
analytical platforms (e.g. NMR, PyMS and FTIR-imaging), that each
provide unique fingerprints of the biological samples. Here,
state-of-the-art chemometric methods, e.g. the OPLS methodology, will
be used and where insufficient, new theories and methods will be
developed. The goal is to predict interesting fiber properties from
high-throughput analytical data and to establish the link between genes
and wood properties. The project involves a close collaboration with
wood chemists and wood biologists. The successful applicant should to
be able to work independently as well as in collaboration. Practical
experience in statistical experimental design and computer programming
is a merit. For further information, see
www.umu.se/umu/aktuellt/arkiv/lediga_tjanster/313-995-06.html or
contact Dr Johan Trygg, johan.trygg@chem.umu.se,
Ref. no. 313-995-06

Applications should be sent to: the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 UMEÅ, SWEDEN

Ultrastructural analysis of wood forming tissues. A PhD
student position is available at the Department of Wood Science, SLU,
Uppsala. The student is expected to use a range of conventional (light,
transmission and scanning electron microscopy) and advanced microscopy
techniques (cryo-SEM/TEM, 3-D tomography) in conjunction with
immunoprofiling for structural and chemical characterization of wood
forming tissues in Poplar. The project work involves close
collaboration with groups specialized in molecular biology and
genetics. The applicant should preferably have a background in plant
biology and biochemistry/physics with knowledge in microscopy/imaging
techniques considered a merit. For further information contact Prof
Geoffrey Daniel, geoffrey.daniel@trv.slu.se or Dr Lada Filonova,
lada.filonova@trv.slu.se
Ref. no. 1017/06
.
Applications should be sent to “Registrator”, SLU, Box 7070, SE-750 07 UPPSALA, SWEDEN.

Characterisation of glycosyltransferases involved in secondary growth in plants.
A PhD student position is available at Umeå Plant Science Centre to
study the role of glycosyltransferases (GTs) involved in secondary
growth using Arabidopsis and Poplar systems. Recently we have
identified and characterized a novel Arabidopsis GT mutant epc1 (The
Plant Journal 43: 384-397, 2005) and further characterization of this
mutant as well as mutants in related genes will be undertaken.
Applicants for the position should be highly motivated and experience
in some or all of the following disciplines is highly desirable –
Arabidopsis genetics, molecular biology, wood biology, protein
expression and purification. For further information contact Dr Alan
Marchant, alan.marchant@genfys.slu.se
Ref. no. 1018/06
.
Applications should be sent to “Registrator”, SLU, Box 7070, SE-750 07 UPPSALA, SWEDEN.


Wood development
. A PhD student position is available at
Umeå Plant Science Centre to study candidate genes for hemicellulose
and pectin biosynthesis and modification in developing wood fibers, and
determining their effects on wood properties. Strategies include
transgenic approaches in Poplar and Arabidopsis, cDNA microarray
analyses and protein localization studies. For further information
contact Dr Ewa Mellerowicz, ewa.mellerowicz@genfys.slu.se
Ref. no. 1019/06
.
Applications should be sent to “Registrator”, SLU, Box 7070, SE-750 07 UPPSALA, SWEDEN.


Mass spectrometry analysis of wood forming tissues
. A PhD
student position is available at Umeå Plant Science Centre. The student
will combine traditional chemical analysis, with state-of-the art
MS-analysis, such as GC/TOFMS, LC/TOFMS, LC/MSMS and pyrolysis-GC/MS
for in-depth characterisation of wood forming tissues in Poplar with
altered wood characteristics. The project involves close collaborations
with wood biology and chemometrical expertises. The applicant should
preferably have a background in analytical chemistry, and knowledge in
mass spectrometry and plant chemistry is a merit. For further
information contact Prof Thomas Moritz, thomas.moritz@genfys.slu.se or
Prof Björn Sundberg, bjorn.sundberg@genfys.slu.se
Ref. no. 1020/06.
Applications should be sent to “Registrator”, SLU, Box 7070, SE-750 07 UPPSALA, SWEDEN.


Biosynthesis of cellulose
. A PhD student position is
available at Umeå Plant Science Centre. The student will identify and
perform functional analysis of genes putatively involved in cellulose
biosynthesis in Poplar using molecular, microscopy and biochemical
techniques. The project involves close collaboration with enzymology
and biochemistry expertise. The applicant should have a background in
plant and molecular biology, and experience from microarray analysis
and cell wall biology is a merit. For further information contact Prof
Björn Sundberg, bjorn.sundberg@genfys.slu.se
Ref. no. 1021/06.
Applications should be sent to “Registrator”, SLU, Box 7070, SE-750 07 UPPSALA, SWEDEN.

For all positions apply that the student will be enrolled in the
Ph.D programme and is expected to fulfil course requirements and
perform certain administrative functions. The position is full time and
lasts for 48 months and the holder of the position is expected to
achieve a Ph.D degree.

For additional information in matters pertaining to work conditions,
contact the student ombudsperson +46 18 67 15 60,
doktorandombudsmannen@slu.se, and labour union representatives Lars
Lundqvist +46 90 786 84 07 (SACO) and Barbro Gunnarsson +46 90 786 82
48 (ST). At Umeå University, SACO, tel. +46 90 786 5153, SEKO-civil,
tel. +46 90 786 5296 and also ST, tel. +46 90 786 5431.

Applications for PhD student positions, one complete application for
each position marked with reference number, should include a short
description of research interests, curriculum vitae, attested copies of
certificates from university education, copies of relevant publications
including Bachelor’s/Masters’ thesis, and contact details for at least
two referees. Adequate skills in the English language are required for
all positions. Closing date for application is April 27, 2006.

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