The position is based at the Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in Uppsala, Sweden with the honey bee health research group.
The goal of this project is to produce a comprehensive overview of the ecological immunity of honeybees by combining phenotypic and genomic measurements. The successful candidate is expected to carry out supervised research leading to a PhD thesis within this topic as well as taking PhD courses to the equivalent of 45 credits over 4 years. This will involve characterize individual immunity across various life stages; setting up field experiments to examine and evaluate different behavioural and physiological traits of honeybees in relation to their biological performance specifically relating to disease resistance and tolerance; exploring immunity trade-offs that may potentially result from resistance in order to develop mitigation strategies to improve honeybee health and the resilience of beekeeping. RNA-seq will also be used to look at gene expression variation between phenotypes.
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