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Strategiska Innovationsprogrammet BioInnovation: Call for research proposals, VINNOVA

Marie Curie grants: Mobility for Growth, VINNOVA


Sök medel för forskningssamarbete med Sydkorea, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research




New report on Sweden's participation in EU FP7 research funding programme: 'Sveriges deltagande i sjunde ramprogrammet för forskning och teknisk utveckling (FP7) - Lägesrapport 2007 - 2012', VINNOVA

Swedish Energy Agency research funding programme announced for 2013-2016: 'Nydanande och behovsmotiverad FoU med energirelevans 2013-2016'

Aarhus University will be setting up a Programme for Biorefining, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AArhus University

Open Positions
PhD Position in Plant Cell & Molecular Biology Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:50

upsc logo ftg transpbgUmeå University and the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) are looking for a highly motivated PhD student in the research field plant cell and molecular biology. The subject of the project is molecular control of lignification. The position will be placed at Umeå University, Department of Plant Physiology. This is part of the UPSC, which centre in experimental plant biology is shared between Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, both founding members of Bio4Energy.

UmU LogoProject description

Plant xylem tissues consist of vessel elements and fibers which deposit secondary cell walls as a part of their maturation. Lignin is a cell wall component that reinforces the walls and confers a hydrophobic barrier which is crucial for water transport in the xylem vessels. We have recently shown that lignification is a cooperative process in which the lignin monomers are supplied to the lignifying cells by their neighbouring cells (Pesquet et al. 2013, Plant Cell 25:1314-28). We have also identified parts of the molecular machinery that mediate the non-cell autonomous lignification of the xylem vessel elements. The PhD project will build on these results and focus on the role of two new proteins in regulation of lignification Bio4energy cmykwith the help of various molecular, genetic and physiological methods. The project includes analysis of these proteins on the DNA, RNA, and protein levels, functional assays in Arabidopsis thaliana, protein-protein interactions and transcriptional regulation. Many of the genetic tools are either already available or underway for the project. The results will be finally transferred to our Populus tree model in order to modify lignification in tree stems in a cell-specific manner.

Postdoc Researcher in Modelling, Genetic Analysis of Wood Dynamic Traits Print E-mail
Written by UPSC staff/Editing by A.S.   
Monday, 08 December 2014 18:16

upsc logo ftg transpbgPostdoctoral research position at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, a research excellence centre shared by Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The position will be affiliated with the SLU Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology and make an important contribution to Bio4Energy.

Modelling and genetic analysis of juvenile to mature transition for micro-fibril angle (MFA) in Norway spruce innventia logo cl(Picea abies): A prerequisite to performing association mapping of MFA

Norway spruce is the most important Swedish commercial tree species and provides the majority of the annual forest production and export from Sweden. Research to accelerate the breeding cycle and increasing genetic gain should be prioritised. Therefore, the aim of the study is to develop mathematical models to accurately estimate biologically meaningful parameters describing micro-fibril angle juvenile-mature transition (MFAj-m) in Norway Spruce. Analysing this type of functional data analysis will allow, in a second step, for an accurate estimation of parameters for performing an association mapping analysis. Unraveling the genetics behind wood slu logo rgb webjuvenile-mature transition and MFA will be of great value when it comes to reducing the rotation age of the trees, while avoiding undesirable effects from high micro-fibril angle typical of young trees.


The project will consist of three major sequential steps:

  1. Mathematical modeling of the genetically controlled part of the radial/time variation of MFA and, based on this, parameterisation of the MFAj-m;
  2. Estimating the size of genetic variation, heritability, and breeding values for MFAj-m in the sampled population, and;
  3. Association mapping (AM) to identify the genes underlying MFAj-m.Bio4energy cmyk


Highly motivated candidates with experience in the modelling of dynamic traits and statistical analyses, quantitative and population genetics or forest genetics are encouraged to apply. To qualify for the position, you should have a PhD degree in subjects relevant for the position, such as one in Biology or Statistics. The PhD degree should not be more than three years' old. Good communication and writing skills in the English language are required to succeed in this role.

SP Technical Institute of Sweden Seeks Reserachers in Chemistry, Materials Print E-mail
Written by SP staff, editing by A.S.   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:29

Bio4Energy counts several researchers based at the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. Here we publish a call for applications by the SP mother organisation.

The SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden conducts the widest range of SP Science-Partner
research of any institute in Sweden. The Group employs 1,300 people who develop and provide technologies for more than 10,000 customers. Would you like to join the SP? Register your CV in its "speculative application" database. 

The SP's work spans most areas of technology–from food to fire technology. As an employee, you will have the opportunity to work independently, while having access to a vast network of international contacts. You will also be able to develop research ideas. The SP acts as a bridge between academic and industrial research.

SP Group expanding

The SP will be seeking new employees over the next few years. It will be looking for creative engineers, chemists and biologists, whether just starting out or greatly experienced. People with a broader profile for the SP's interdisciplinary projects and activities, for example within architecture and social sciences, are also encouraged to submit their CV.

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Register your CV in our speculative application database by clicking on the "Apply Now" ("Sök tjänsten") button on this page.

The SP Group consists of the parent company SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and subsidiaries SP Process Development, SP Processum, AstaZero, CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute, SIK – the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, SMP Swedish Machinery Testing Institute, Glafo, the Glass Research Institute, JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.