Research Fellow in Insect Electrophysiology Ref 5641
School: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 3 years
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 15 March 2021
Closing date: 12 April 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: As soon as possible.
We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work on the UKRI funded project Flower choices and pollen foraging in bees. The primary aim of this inter-disciplinary project is to understand how bees perceive and evaluate pollen rewards and the implications for foraging decisions and plant-pollinator networks. Using extra-cellular recordings of antennal and mouthpart sensilla, we will go beyond traditional models of insect gustation to determine and compare the capacity of social and solitary bee species to taste and assess the presence/concentration of nutritional compounds in pollen.
The post holder will be supervised by Dr Beth Nicholls (Project Lead, School of Life Sciences), and will work closely with other members of the research team, including neuroscientist Prof. Jeremy Niven, and a second PDRA who will work on the behavioural and ecological aspects of pollen foraging. The post holder will also engage with external stakeholders from crop growing associations and those involved in the design of agri-environment schemes via the project advisory board.
This post is suitable for someone who has completed a PhD/DPhil in neuroscience, physiology or an allied discipline, and has experience of using electrophysiological techniques. Previous experience of conducting extra-cellular recordings from insect sensory organs would be an advantage. The candidate should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the project, communication and presentation skills, experience of quantitative analysis, and the ability to organise and motivate others flexibly/confidently whilst working within an academic team setting.
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