Job Announcement
University of Giessen, Institute for Insect Biotechnology

PhD - Insect resistance to host plant toxins

Application deadline: 23.11.2017


The successful candidate will work in an international research group (DFG funded Emmy Noether group of Dr. Georg Petschenka) investigating the mechanisms which underlie INSECT RESISTANCE TO CHEMICAL HOST PLANT DEFENSES AND SEQUESTRATION OF PLANT TOXINS. The goal of our research is to increase our understanding of insect-plant coevolution. Work in the project will include physiological assays with insects including preparation of live tissues as well as processing of insect and plant samples for subsequent chemical analyses using HPLC. Besides data collection, the candidate will analyze and prepare data for publication in international journals and also present our research on scientific conferences. The opportunity to prepare a doctoral degree is given besides the work on the project.

The candidate should have completed an MSc or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related field. Besides high motivation, strong expertise in either entomology, evolutionary biology, physiology, or chemical ecology as well as good knowledge of organic chemistry is required. Experience with complex experimental setups as well as very good English language skills are mandatory.

Please send your application (NO E-MAIL), including all relevant academic qualifications and a letter of motivation under reference number 585/15344/09 to DR. GEORG PETSCHENKA, INSTITUT FÜR INSEKTENBIOTECHNOLOGIE, HEINRICH-BUFF-RING 26-32, 35392 GIESSEN, GERMANY until NOVEMBER 23RD, 2017. Please submit applications only in duplicate, since the documents will not be returned after completion of the procedure.

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