A highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow is sought for a collaborative project to study the signals that elicit hygienic behavior of honey bees towards brood to combat Varroa mites. This natural defense against the most detrimental parasite is critical for improving honey bee health and ensuring the sustainability of apiculture and its pollination services. The primary location for this project will be the Rueppell lab at UNCG and the project will be performed in collaboration with Marla Spivak (University of Minnesota), Coby Schal (North Carolina State University) and Jocelyn Millar (University of California at Riverside). We seek an independent scientist who is interested in working with us on experiments at the interface between chemical ecology and fundamental and applied apicultural research.
While the primary responsibility of this position is the identification of chemical elicitors of hygienic behavior, including bioassay-guided fractionation of extracts and/or volatile mixtures, testing the bioactivity of candidate substances, and advancing potential practical applications of the results, the candidate may initiate experiments to realize related research ideas. An excellent track record of research productivity, willingness to travel, analytical thinking, team working, and good English communication skills are essential. Practical experience with insect behavioral assays, expertise in chemical ecology, and an interest in honey bee health are preferred.
The Rueppell lab currently consists of two postdocs and multiple graduate and undergraduate students who work in honey bees on a variety of topics. The advertised position is full-time and salary will be commensurate with experience. The position is pending financial approval from USDA and will have a likely start date of March 2017 in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. It will be initially offered for one year, with potential renewals for two additional years.
Practical experience with insect behavioral assays, expertise in chemical ecology, and an interest in honey bee health are preferred.
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|Recruitment Range||Salary will depend on qualifications|
|Org #-Department||Biology - 12204|
|Job Open Date||01/25/2017|
|For Best Consideration Date||02/15/2017|
|Job Close Date|
|Open Until Filled||Yes|
|Type of Appointment||1.0 (Full-Time)|
|Time Limited Duration||
One year, with a possibility of an extension
|Number of Months per Year||12|