PostDoc Plant Biotechnologies

Skolkovo, Russia
13 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Want to participate to the outstanding new area of agro-genomics ? To put into the practice how biotechnologies in crops contribute to provide healthy and high-quality food in a sustainable way to humankind? Strong interest in plant transformation, plant in vitro culture and molecular biology?

There is a unique opportunity to do cool, cutting-edge plant agro-genomic research in Russia !

Who we are

The international Digital Agriculture Laboratory at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technologies – Skoltech – works with industry and academics to foster innovation and agro-industrial development. We develop high-level, cutting-edge, basic research programs, towards quick delivering of improved plant varieties or animal breeds as well as digital agriculture solutions.

Skoltech is a new international English-speaking STEM university in Moscow, Russia. In just ten years, we united dozens of researchers and globally renowned professors, built a stunning campus, set up world-class labs and made it to the top 100 young universities in the Nature Index.

About This Opportunity

We are looking for a motivated and talented Postdoc that is eager to work on cutting-edge research projects within our young and international team. The applicant will contribute to multidisciplinary projects in direct cooperation with plant genomicists, plant breeders and molecular biologists, and support teams, in a frame of national and international cooperation with public institutes and companies.

More specifically, you will be mainly developing genome edition in crops (legumes, cereals, vegetables) to improve key agronomic traits (resistances to diseases, drought tolerance, consumer-oriented traits, ..).

You will also develop innovative methods for producing double-haploids in recalcitrant species (eg cucumber, sunflower, …).

Our Ideal Candidate:

For consideration, applicants may have:

  • A PhD in molecular biology or plant biotechnology, plant biology, agriculture or a similar field
  • Demonstrated experience with experimental plant molecular biology and/or plant biotechnology
  • Interest in the study of agricultural biotechnology and molecular biology
  • Fluent in written and oral English language is essential.

In addition, applicants with one or more of the following types of experience will be preferred:

  • Experience with plant tissue culture and transformation
  • Experience with plant phenotyping
  • Some basic methods of data analysis

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term (three-year position, with one year of probation). This appointment will be made at either Junior Research Scientist, Research Scientist or Leading Research Scientist depending on experience. We can offer a competitive salary, medical insurance, and paid vacation every year according to the Russian labor law. You will be able to take advantage of Skoltech amazing facilities, development programs and many other benefits. You will work in an international vibrant scientific environment. Skoltech’s “Eastern Ring” Campus has won the prestigious Prix Versailles Campuses Award 2019 (in association with UNESCO and the International Union of Architects).

Contact:, Head of Digital Agriculture Laboratory, with subject ‘PostDoc Plant Biotechnologies’. The application is open until it is filled.  Do not hesitate to email even if you don’t tick all boxes!