Agriculture, Health and Environment Department, NRI
Location: Medway campus
Salary: £26,052 to £31,076
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Closing Date: Tuesday 07 March 2017
Interview Date: To be confirmed
An opportunity has arisen for a post-doctoral research assistant to join the Agriculture, Health and Environment Department to support a new research project on pollination in UK fruit crops. This well-established group has strengths in ecosystems services, pest and vector control, pollination and molecular biology of plant pests and diseases.
The successful candidate will work on the new BBSRC-IPA project “Innovation for improved strawberry pollination by commercial bumblebees using caffeine” as part of a team based across NRI, NIAB-EMR and industrial partners Biobest and Berry Gardens Growers Ltd.
You will have experience performing insect behavioural experiments, ideally with bumblebees, will be based mostly in the laboratory but will also contribute to field and semi-field studies. They will carry out experiments looking at the responses of bumblebees to caffeine and odour, in flight arena based learning and activity trials, and also semi-field pollination trials on real crops.
You will have a publication record and proven expertise in insect behaviour and applied pollination ecology. Familiarity with UK agriculture and horticulture, especially fruit crops, is advantageous.
The post may require short-term overseas travel and will require visits to collaborators’ sites and farm field sites.
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