PhD student in Biology: Chemical Ecology - Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet - Biologjobb i Lomma
PhD student in Biology: Chemical Ecology
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet / Biologjobb / Lomma
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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Protection Biology in Alnarp
1 PhD student in the research education subject: Biologi särskild inriktning mot Kemisk Ekologi

Integration and modulation of olfactory information in the antennal lobe of moths

The behaviour of moths is controlled, to a large extent, by olfactory stimuli. Moths depend principally on olfactory cues to locate mates, food source and oviposition sites. The present project aims to study integration and modulation of olfactory signals relayed from the antenna to the primary olfactory centre, the antennal lobe, in the moths Spodoptera littoralis (African cotton Leaf worm) and Manduca sexta (Sphinx moth). The focus of the project will be to evaluate the response characteristics of antennal lobe interneurons of female moths to natural plant compounds and mixtures thereof. The role of various neuromodulators will also be investigated to address questions concerning how the physiological state of the animal affects integration of olfactory information. Physiological recordings will be made using whole cell patch clamp recordings and optical imaging. Immunocytochemical and in situ hybridization techniques will be used to identify putative neuromodulators and their receptors in the antennal lobe. You will be working in a stimulating international environment. For more information about the Division of Chemical Ecology at the Department of Plant Protection Biology visit our web pages; , , and .

Qualifications: MSc in biology/ecology. Experience from chemical ecology and electrophysiological and/or optical imaging work is a merit.

Form for funding or employment: The employment as a PhD student is for 4 years of postgraduate studies
SLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A person has basic eligibility for third level education if he or she has taken a second level qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second level. Those who met the requirements for general eligibility before July 1st, 2007, i.e. had completed a programme of higher education for at least 120 credits or the equivalent, will continue to do so until the end of 2015."

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

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Further information: Rickard Ignell tel 040-415311 or 0735-984871,

Academic union representatives
SACO Andrus Kangro, phone no +46 40 41 54 79

PhD-student commissioner
Hans Arrendal, 018-67 15 60,

Applications, marked with ref no 111/08, must have arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or no later than 2008-01-25.


Full time. Max. four years of full time studies

Individual Salary. Collective Agreement

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