Scientist position: Research Project “BeeGuards” @ Kirchhain, Germany

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A scientist position in the research project “BeeGuards” is available at the Bee Institute Kirchhain of the Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen ( BeeGuards is an international collaborative project, funded by the EU under the Horizon Europe framework.

The project aims at exploring the effects of abiotic factors (management including different varroa control concepts, climate and environment) on health, vitality and productivity of honey bees. Colony performance and survival under varying management and environmental conditions will be comparatively assessed in an international field experiment and complemented by tailored laboratory experiments that address specific questions of individual honey bee health and immunity.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  • Participation in the international field and laboratory experiment
  • Performing laboratory and field tests on immune defense in honey bees and wild bees, including potential competition between honey bees and wild bees
  • Participation in the preparation of reports and publications
  • Collaboration with ring test partners and participation in workshops and method trainings
  • Participation in the preparation and dissemination of the test results

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with interest and expertise in physiology, cell biology and honey bee biology. Practical experience in beekeeping would be an additional asset.

Applicants should have a MSc. or Diploma degree in biology, veterinary medicine, environmental science, agriculture, or related disciplines. We also expect skills in experimental research (beekeeping, field or laboratory 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 international project partners.

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

For further information, please contact Dr. Marina Meixner ( or Dr. Annely Brandt (

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

The position is for a duration of two years with an earliest start date of January 1, 2024.

Please find more details and instructions for application at