PhD position on wild bee-pesticide-parasite interactions

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A PhD student is sought for a project on wild bee – pesticide – parasite interactions within the lab of Robert Paxton at the University of Halle, Germany. The goals of the research are to understand interactions between pesticides and parasites and their joint impact on bees, using a range of bee species. The doctoral student will contribute to the recently EU Horizon 2020 funded project PoshBee:

comprising 42 partners across the EU that explore the impact of pesticides on bee health. Research of the PhD student will involve lab and field-based experiments as well as molecular genetic analysis of bees and their pathogens. We seek highly motivated individuals with an interest in host-parasite interactions as well as molecular genetic skills.

The working language of the lab is English, though knowledge of German or willingness to learn German is of advantage. Details of Paxton’s lab at the University of Halle are at:

The position is available for 3 years and we aim for a start date in autumn 2018. Halle is a delightful, historical city approximately 1.5 hours SW of Berlin. The salary is on the standard German PhD scale E13 (50%), which translates to approximately Euro 17,500 per annum dependent on experience.

Further details of the position can be obtained from Robert Paxton:


Please send applications to posts 5-6297/18-H as a single pdf file to include a cv, a statement of research interests and goals (maximum 1 page), and contact details of two referees, to by 1st August 2018.

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