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PhD fellow in Host-pathogen co-evolution (posted 7-20-17)

 

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, is offering a PhD scholarship in Host-pathogen co-evolution. The 3-year position is expected to commence 1 December 2017.  

Project description  
Transmission to new susceptible hosts is crucial for a pathogen, and the biological world is rife with examples of pathogens that manipulate host behavior to enhance host transmission. This mind-control can go beyond the infected host and for example exploit the mate-seeking behavior of healthy males that becomes significantly more attracted to infectious females than uninfected females. The project will use a newly established laboratory host-pathogen system of the fungal pathogen Entomophthora muscae and Dipteran insect hosts for exploring the pathogen induced alterations in host chemistry, including chemical analysis and electro-antennal responses to volatile compounds and dual-transcriptomics of host and pathogen. The research is fundamental in scope with considerable applied potential in attract-and-kill biological control strategies.  

The PhD student will be supervised by Associate Professor Annette Bruun Jensen and Assistant Professor Henrik H. De Fine Licht. 

For more information, visit the website: http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=145518


Entomology-Scientist, WorldVeg’s headquarters in Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan (posted 7-10-17)

 

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and regional offices around the globe. WorldVeg conducts research and development programs that contribute to improved incomes and diets in the developing world through increased production and consumption of safe vegetables. For more information on World Vegetable Center, please visit our website: www.avrdc.org.

WorldVeg seeks a Scientist to join its on-going research on developing economical, environmentally safe and sustainable pest management strategies for improving vegetable production. The position will be based at WorldVeg’s headquarters in Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan.

WorldVeg’s headquarters has good facilities for biological research. Biochemical as well chemical ecology research facilities are being modernized. Specialized services such as GC-MS, LC-MS and NMR for identification of natural products are also available from local institutions for Center’s research.

The job (key responsibilities): Carry out research and development activities in classical host plant resistance to insect and mite pests, chemical ecology, biological control including bio-pesticides, chemical ecology and molecular approaches in pest management. Assist the Entomology team to implement integrated pest management (IPM) programs in tropical Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Supervise or co-supervise undergraduate and graduate students for their thesis research at headquarters as well as regional offices. Enhance the capacity of partners in developing and promoting IPM. Actively contribute to the preparation of grant proposals, project reports and manuscripts for publication in refereed journals, reviewed conference proceedings, and technical bulletins. Collaborate with plant breeders, plant pathology, biotechnology, genetic resources and other related disciplines at the Center and institutes within and outside Taiwan. Engage in such other relevant project activities as determined by the Lead Entomologist.

The Person: PhD degree in entomology, or plant protection with 3 – 5 years of research experience in entomology as a postdoc/scientist. A solid background in the discipline of entomology and/or plant protection as demonstrated by excellence in a wide range of courses taken during the graduate studies. Expertise in insect rearing and ethology, biological control, molecular entomology, and modern biotech approaches such as marker technologies, using biological databases, nucleic acids and protein sequence analyses, etc. Experience in the use of statistical and population genetic analysis software programs will be an advantage. Demonstrated ability in writing proposals, project management and publish in peer-reviewed journals is desired. Fluency in spoken and written English and good communication skills are essential. Must be able to work as a member of interdisciplinary teams in a multicultural and multinational environment and should be able to interact effectively with partners. Willing to travel extensively for project related activities.

The Reward: This is an Internationally Recruited Staff position with competitive pay and benefits. The initial appointment is for three years and may be extended depending on requirement, funding availability, and performance of the incumbent.

How to Apply: Submit a letter of application with curriculum vitae, a recent passport size photograph and names and addresses (including telephone/fax/e-mail) of three referees by e-mail to human.resources@worldveg.org before 30 July 2017.


 

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