Postdoc position available in the Spetea Lab at University of Gothenburg

The group of Cornelia Spetea offers one postdoc position in plant molecular biology, specializing in photosynthesis of microalgae.
Project description
The green unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has been long used as a model organism for studying photosynthesis and chloroplast biology, but its chloroplast ion transportome is largely unexplored. The purpose of this project is to gain knowledge about Chlamydomonas ion transport proteins that are homologues to those studied in the recent years by our research group (ttps:// in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.  In the proposed work we aim to:
a)  Identify in silico the algal counterparts of Arabidopsis proteins involved in ion fluxes;
b) Study their intracellular location;
c)  Study their role in photosynthesis and growth;
d) Understand how they operate to regulate photosynthesis.
The focus will be on chloride, phosphate, potassium and magnesium ion transporters, and the project will use genomics, bioinformatics, reverse genetics, molecular and physiological methods. Deciphering the transport network of the green algal chloroplast will aid to understand its physiology and has potential for biotechnological applications.


An eligible candidate should hold a PhD in in plant molecular biology and should have published papers in this field in peer-review journals. The doctorate shall have been obtained no longer than three years before the expiration date of the application. Previous experience from projects on microalgae biology including Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is considered a merit.

Appointment time

The Postdoctoral fellowship is for two years and is financed by Carl Tryggers Foundation. The position is open until filled.


The application should be sent to and should include the following:

•a letter of application detailing why you are interested in the position, and why you are particularly well qualified for it

•a list of your academic qualifications and other qualifications which you deem appropriate

•a summary of your PhD thesis

• a list of publications

•names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of two persons who are willing to provide a reference for you.