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PhD position Insect Health and Immunology (1.0 FTE)

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate in the field of insect health and insect immunology.

You will:
- characterize the immunological defences in insects (black soldier fly, housefly) reared for feed and the underlying mechanisms.
- develop rearing methods and hygieni

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2972 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate in the field of insect health and insect immunology.

You will:
- characterize the immunological defences in insects (black soldier fly, housefly) reared for feed and the underlying mechanisms.
- develop rearing methods and hygienic measures to prevent infections in insect mass rearing and develop diagnostic methods to routinely screen insect health under mass rearing conditions.

The research will be closely connected to that of a PhD student and postdoc at the University of Groningen and a postdoc at Wageningen University. The project is linked to those of other PhD students in the overall research programme.

Functie-eisen

- enthusiastic, proactive, you like to work in a multidisciplinary team and have excellent communication skills.
- a MSc degree in Biology, Animal Sciences or a relevant field.
- experience in insect biology and immunology, molecular biology of animal-pathogen interactions, bioinformatics and statistical analyses of complex datasets.
- curiosity driven and passionate about fundamental research in the context of working towards sustainable food and feed production.
- strongly motivated to obtain a PhD degree.
a team player, willing to work with a diverse group of researchers, technicians and project stakeholders.
- strong communication skills and are proficient in the English language.

Our PhD students are encouraged to supervise MSc thesis students when such opportunities arise and you will be involved in some teaching activities.

Conditions

We offer, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- gross salary per month € 2,325 in the first year rising to € 2,972 (PhD salary scale) per month in the fourth year
- a full-time position (1.0 FTE, 40 hours), initially for 1 year after which a go/no go decision will be taken on extension with another three years
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus

The candidate will be based at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences at the University of Groningen.

Additional information

Joana Falcao Salles
j.falcao.salles@rug.nl

Bregje Wertheim