15 PhD Positions in EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN project MoSaiQC: Modular Systems for advanced integrated Quantum Clocks
Ongeveer 11 uur geleden - Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) - Amsterdam
The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) has a vacancy for a PhD candidate Evolutionary Biology. The Fall Armyworm …
The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) has a vacancy for a PhD candidate Evolutionary Biology.
The Fall Armyworm (FAW) Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae), a major pest in staple crops in North and South America, recently invaded Africa (first reported in 2016), where it is currently spreading with incredible speed. Currently, control of this pest insect mainly depends on chemical insecticides. Apart from being very expensive for most small-scale African farmers, these insecticides also pose a genuine health risk, since the knowledge and equipment required for a safe application are mostly lacking. Chemical insecticides negatively affect the environment and non-target species and, in addition, resistance towards these insecticides has already been reported. Therefore, there is a urgent need for safe, sustainable, environmental friendly alternative control measures that can be easily applied in the field by local farmers. Biological control methods that are currently used to control lepidopteran insect pests include pheromone trapping (trapping male moths using female pheromones) and the spraying of baculoviruses (killing caterpillars). However, a combination of both methods has not been explored, and might yield exciting opportunities for biological control, surpassing the effectiveness of each single method. This project aims to develop a sustainable attract-and-infect strategy for the control of the invading fall army worm in Africa.
The project involves two PhD students that will work together to:
What are you going to do?
The current vacancy posted here concerns PhD1; PhD2 will be recruited through the WUR website. PhD1 is expected to:
We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting at 1 October 2019 for the duration of 18 months. An extension for 30 months subsequently follows if we assess your performance positive. You will get a customized Training and Supervision Plan, that will be evaluated every year.
The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2.325 to €2.972 (scale P) gross per month, based on fulltime (38 hours a week), exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
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