Position for a PhD candidate in a research project

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A position for a PhD candidate in a research project is available at the Bee Institute Kirchhain of the Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen (www.llh.hessen.de).

The project aims at exploring the effects of an innovative varroa management approach based on brood interruption in late summer on the vitality and productivity of colonies, in comparison to the conventional approach relying on summer treatments with formic acid. Field and laboratory experiments are planned to assess the population dynamics of bees and mites, parameters of vitality and productivity, and the reproductive success of colonies.

The position is part of a collaborative project of the LLH and the University of Würzburg, funded by the German Agency for Agriculture and Nutrition.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with interest and expertise in honey bee biology and practical experience in beekeeping, who is interested in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative concepts of varroa management.

Applicants should have a MSc. or Diploma degree in biology, environmental science, agriculture, or related disciplines. We also expect skills in experimental field research (beekeeping, field experiments), statistical data analysis and experience in scientific writing. A driver’s license and excellent communication skills in both German and English are required. The candidate is expected to work both individually and in close contact and collaboration with the beekeeping community and the project partners at the University of Würzburg.

The position is located at the Bee Institute Kirchhain (Germany).

For further information, please contact Dr. Marina Meixner (marina.meixner@llh.hessen.de) or Dr. Ralph Büchler (ralph.buechler@llh.hessen.de).

Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany (TV-H, EG13, 65%).

The position is for a duration of three years with an earliest start date of May 1, 2021, pending the approval of the granting agency.

Please find more details and instructions for application here.