Research Fellow Ref 6514

School/department:  School of Life Sciences
Hours:  full time or part time up to a maximum of 1FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 2 years   
Reference: 6514
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  10 August 2021
Closing date:  21 September 2021   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 1 January 2022

Job description

2 year postdoc available on the project “Unravelling the ecology of mites on bumblebees” funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Bumblebee nests commonly contain a variety of minute mites, but little is known about these creatures. Are they harmful parasites, beneficial nest cleaners or predators of pests? This project seeks to find out.

A parallel 2 year postdoc based at University of Reading is focussed on the identification and taxonomy of mites, including development of molecular tools to aid identification.

The Sussex team will conduct lab studies to determine what different foodstuffs common mite species consume within bumblebee nests, to determine whether they are predators, detritivores, or kleptoparasites. Lab studies with bumblebee ‘micro-colonies’ inoculated with different mite species will be used to screen host-mite interactions to identify mite species that appear to have a significant influence on host fitness (positive or negative). A smaller number of mites will then be selected to take part in full field trials with entire bumblebee nests, which will be inoculated with mites and then followed through to determine their growth and reproductive output

The postdoc at Sussex will be joining the Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology (EBE) group within the School of Life Sciences. EBE has a great strength in research on social insects.

Please contact Prof Dave Goulson, for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 6514 [PDF 209.06KB]

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