Doctoral position (m/f/d) in biological sciences at the State Institute for Apiculture at the University of Hohenheim, application deadline: March 15, 2023 A doctoral position for 36 months (TV-L 65%) is to be filled as soon as possible at the State Institute for Apiculture at the University of Hohenheim.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate (m/f/d) with an interest in host-parasite interactions of honeybees and Varroa mites and with experience in molecular biology. The research work: The PhD student will design and develop several experiments to study the highly adapted parasite Varroa destructor and its effects on adult bees and bee brood. The adaptability of varroa mites has been underestimated.

Basic knowledge of their biology and their host-finding behavior is still lacking. The implications for biomarkers of stress resistance, vector capacity, and virus dynamics remain to be explored. Since this research is not project-bound, the PhD student has a lot of freedom to investigate relevant questions of host-parasite interaction.

Your tasks: • Design and conduct research experiments to decode the basic biology of Varroa destructor • Field and cage studies with quantification of gene expression • Collaborate with other students/PhD students working on similar projects to combine field work with molecular results • Support in setting up and operating our new molecular laboratory. • Instruction and coordination of student assistants • Statistical analysis and writing of scientific publications

Your profile: • University degree (MSc, Diploma) in biology, zoology, life sciences or related subjects • Experience in molecular genetics and in statistical data analysis (preferably in R) • Very good skills in scientific writing in English • Knowledge of honey bees and Varroa destructor is advantageous • Goal-oriented and independent working style • Very good communication skills and enjoy working in a team

We offer: • Working in a friendly, inspiring and ambitious team • the opportunity to develop and implement your own ideas and to help shape our new molecular laboratory • a structured doctoral program Severely disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified. Since the university would like to increase the proportion of female scientists, applications from women are particularly welcome.

Application: Please send meaningful applications with a brief description of your research interests and reasons for motivation, the earliest possible start of work and the contact details of two reference persons by e-mail in exactly one pdf document to by March 15, 2023. Interviews are expected to take place between April 3rd and 6th, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kirsten Traynor (tel 0711 459 22661).

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