Postdoc in improving crops using precision breeding/CRISPR Cas

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a 2-year Postdoc position in improving crops using precision breeding/CRISPR Cas commencing 1 May 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment 
The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN) strives to stimulate fundamental research and the synergy between basic and applied research in biology and environmental science. The focus is on plants, microorganisms, animals and the environment as a basis for sustainable production of food and other biological products. Research and teaching cover natural resources, agriculture, biotechnology and synthetic biology from the molecular level to the ecosystem scale.  
Project description 
The research project is on using new plant breeding technologies (NBT) for the main crops of commercial interest. NBT are precision mutagenesis technologies, with the potential of becoming the most revolutionizing breeding tool of the last decades. In the development of NBT, the focus will be on traits of outmost importance for the industrial partners, who operate in a highly competitive seed market.  
For the regeneration, NBT has moved from model plant to model lines in important crops. There is however still a need to develop and refine these methods to be able to work with every genotype which can go directly into the breeding of new varieties. In this project, the focus will be to develop protocols for the genotypes most relevant to the breeding companies. 
There are different approaches for regeneration of plants from protoplast, these will be compared to find ways to decrease the culture time and especially the time spent in the callus phase. The successful postdoc candidate will work on optimising tissue culture protocols for crop species relevant to the project (i.e. wheat, barley, alfalfa and ryegrass). Along with improving regeneration procedures genome editing methods will be applied. Part of the work will be in direct cooperation with breeding companies involved in commercial breeding of the five crop species. 
Qualification requirements 
  • A PhD degree in molecular biology, crop breeding or any other project relevant field 
  • Documented scientific research experience in: 
  • Regeneration of one or more of the mentioned species 
  • Expert knowledge in CRISPR/Cas9 or related gene editing technologies 
  • Expertise in mutant screens  
  • Good organizational skills and a detail-oriented structured work approach 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
For further information, please contact Associate Professor Kirsten Jørgensen:
The position is open from 1 May 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Terms of employment 
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  
The starting salary is currently up to DKK 426,625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72,950). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Application procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below, and must include the following: 
  • Cover letter  
  • Curriculum vita 
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)  
  • Complete publication list 
  • A maximum of 3 publications 
The deadline for applications is 24 February 2019.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. You can read about the recruitment process at
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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Kirsten Jørgensen


Ansøgningsfrist: 24-02-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-05-2019
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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