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PhD position in Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Exploiting autophagy for broad-spectrum disease resistance

Project: Research in the Hofius lab focuses on molecular mechanisms of autophagy, a
conserved degradation and recycling process involved in cellular homeostasis and
stress adaptation. The PhD project builds on our recent findings demonstrating a
paramount role of autophagy in immune responses to different viral, bacterial, and
fungal pathogens. We now aim to further elucidate the autophagy resistance pathways and identify their targets during pathogen infection with the long-term goal to enhance disease resistance in crop species. The work will involve proteomic, genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches in Arabidopsis and Nicotiana benthamiana models as well as potato crop plants. For more information about the Hofius lab and recent publications, please visit the homepage and Pubmed


Environment: The successful applicant will work in the research group of Prof. Daniel
Hofius at the Department of Plant Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
(SLU) ( and Linnean Centre for Plant Biology in Uppsala, Sweden ( The department offers a creative and stimulating international environment and is one of several departments that make up the cluster ‘Uppsala BioCenter’ at SLU.


Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a higher university degree in molecular biology (Degree of Master or Master of Science) with emphasis on molecular genetics, functional genomics, plant physiology, or related topics. Documented abilities to manage a laboratory research project and experience with molecular biology techniques in plants are required. Knowledge of genetic, biochemical, cell biological and/or proteomic approaches and pathogen handling in  Arabidopsis/plant systems is highly valued. Excellent communication skills in both oral and written English and the ability to work in a team are expected.


Employment: The PhD student position is financed by a grant from the Swedish
Research Council FORMAS and comprises 4 years of postgraduate studies.
Starting date: By agreement, ideally in March/April 2018


Applications: The application deadline is 31 January 2018, but might be extended
until the position is filled. The evaluation process will start immediately upon receipt of applications.
Applications including (1) Curriculum Vitae with publication list, (2) description of research experiences, (3) statement of scientific interests and motivation for applying to this position, and (4) contact information of 2-3 references should be sent as single pdf file to: (‘FORMAS 18 PhD’ in subject line).

SLU Uppsala, SE

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