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PhD and Postdoc positions

We are currently looking for Postdocs and PhD students. We are happy to accept outstanding individuals that can bring their own fellowship. We of course offer support during the fellowship application process.

If you are interested in working in our team, please apply through the LSM graduate school ( or contact directly Dr. Arne Weiberg by sending a clear and concise research outline and a comprehensive CV (

Lab rotations, Bachelor and Master Thesis available on RNAi in plant-microbe interactions

We are always seeking for highly motivated and talented students that are interested in practical work of plant and microbial molecular research and in conducting a research course in our lab.

We are currently offering two main projects. The first one investigates the interaction between Arabidopsis thaliana and its highly adapted pathogen Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis. Preliminary data including next-generation sequencing data indicate a role of non-coding small RNAs during the infection process. The objectives are first to validate small RNAs as virulence factors to parasite host plants. Secondly, we are establishing RNAi-based strategies to control diseases for plant protection. Such methods can be a valid starting point into GMO-free and highly specific crop protection strategy to reach sustainable agriculture goals.

The second project focuses on the role of small RNA biogenesis and secretion in the plant pathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea and its link to small RNA intercellular transport towards host plants. Exploring the role of small RNA pathways in microbial pathogens and cross-kingdom communication bares great potential to discover novel targets for plant protection strategies.

Candidate students will get the chance to incorporate into teams of scientists and their running research programs and will learn to apply state-of-the-art molecular tools currently used in RNAi research.

For further details about project and to get an interview appointment, please to contact Dr. Arne Weiberg (