1 doktorand i Biologi, inriktning Kemisk Ekologi - Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet - Administratörsjobb (offentlig verksamhet) i Lomma
1 doktorand i Biologi, inriktning Kemisk Ekologi
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet / Administratörsjobb (offentlig verksamhet) / Lomma
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Riskbedömning av malariamygg genom identifiering av den genetiska basen för deras värdpreferens
The Department of Plant Protection at SLU is an interdisciplinary constellation with good opportunities for strong research collaboration within and outside the departmental area. World-leading research conducted in chemical ecology/sensory biology, as well as successful research in resistance biology and integrated plant protection, has resulted in a dynamic working environment and a strong international reputation in both fundamental and applied research.

The Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences Department at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania focuses primarily on the ecology and transmission of infectious diseases, including the development and testing of surveillance and control measures. Major activities include research on the ecology of disease-transmitting mosquitoes, with special focus on malaria mosquitoes. IHI is now a WHO collaborating site for product evaluation (malaria vector control).

Together these two institutes intensively investigate vector mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes are responsible for transmission of human disease and the most dangerous are those that preferentially bite humans regardless of the availability of other alternative hosts. Host selection and discrimination by mosquitoes are mainly odour mediated. Understanding how the mosquito genetic machinery underpins and contributes to these behaviours is challenging and controversial but of significant practical importance for controlling these rapidly evolving vectors.

The purpose of the proposed research is to identify genetic markers of host preference in the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles arabiensis, to be integrated into current monitoring protocols to assess the existing, and predict future, human biting risk of Anopheles arabiensis populations associated with human habitation. The aim of the project is to increase the portfolio of existing vector control tools that can be integrated for the sustainable control of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

Duties:

The PhD student will identify and subsequently verify genetic markers from mosquitoes with defined host preferences that can be used to assess the risk of malaria transmission and target future control programs to risk areas. The ability to detect negative behavioural changes in the vectors, driven by control interventions, as early as possible will remarkably improve efforts towards malaria elimination. This is a fully funded four-year PhD position and successful candidate will be registered at SLU, and will divide their time between SLU and IHI evenly.


Kvalifikationer: The successful candidate will hold a MSc in biology, or a related field. Experience with mosquito field collections, semi-field screen house enclosure assays and rearing are required. In addition, working in east Africa, as well as experience with chemical ecology and molecular techniques, such as DNA extraction, PCR, genome sequencing, bioinformatics and variant calling, will be considered significant assets. She/he should be fluent in spoken and written English (for details click here) and functional spoken Swahili is a merit, and have excellent communication skills. The candidate should enjoy working in a group environment, as well as demonstrate a solid ability to work independently to advance our research.

Details:
Places of work: SLU, Alnarp, Sweden
IHI, Ifakara, Tanzania
Employment: PhD position (4 years)
Project support: Fully funded
Extent: 100%, Full time
Starting date: TBA

Varaktighet, arbetstid
Heltidsanställning. Anställning som doktorand (2 eller 4 års utbildning). (SLU är en arbetsplats där mångfald och jämn könsfördelning eftersträvas.)

Publiceringsdatum
2018-01-19

Ersättning
Månatlig löneutbetalning

Så ansöker du
Sista dag att ansöka är 2018-02-19
Ange följande referens när du ansöker: SLU ua 2018.2.5.1-248
Ansökan sker via företagets webbplats.

Kontakt
Docent, FD Sharon Hill Sharon.Hill@slu.se 0707-726394

Företag
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Adress
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Box 52
23053 Alnarp

Kontorsadress
Sundsvägen 5 Alnarp

Jobbnummer
3914681

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