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1 doktorand i Biologi, inriktning Kemisk Ekologi
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet / Administratörsjobb (offentlig verksamhet) / Lomma
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Molecular basis of mosquito oviposition preference
The Department of Plant Protection is an interdisciplinary constellation with good opportunities for strong research collaboration within and outside the departmental area (www.slu.se/en/departments/plant-protection-biology/). World-leading research is conducted in chemical ecology/sensory biology, and successful research is also conducted in resistance biology and integrated plant protection. The research efforts are directed towards both fundamental and applied research.

The Chemical Ecology of Disease Vectors Group at the Department investigates female mosquitoes as major vectors of human disease. The most dangerous of these establish populations in and around human settlements, and preferentially bite humans. Mosquitoes find resources, such as human hosts and egg-laying sites, by using mainly odour mediated behaviours. Understanding the genetic causes and effects of resource location and choice in disease vector mosquitoes is challenging and of significant practical importance for controlling these rapidly evolving vectors (www.slu.se/en/cv/sharon-hill/; www.slu.se/en/cv/rickard-ignell/).

Project:

The research project describes the genetic mechanism linking the basic molecular building blocks of the peripheral olfactory system with the egg-laying site preference displayed by the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, using suitable molecular, physiological and behavioural techniques. Aedes aegypti is a successful vector of human viral diseases, including the worldorsquo;s fastest growing transmissible disease, dengue fever, and the potent, but relative newcomer of mosquito-borne diseases to the global stage, Zika. The mosquitoorsquo;s preference for laying eggs and developing high population densities in human settlements makes this species both a dangerous disease vector, and a likely target for control by interfering with females locating egg-laying sites. In this project, the student will investigate the mechanism underlying oviposition site selection by functionally characterising olfactory receptors with a suspected role in the detection of odours from egg-laying sites. These findings will subsequently be investigated at the receptor neuron and behavioural levels.


Kvalifikationer: A master degree, or similar university higher degree, in molecular biology, with a keen interest in ecology is required. Knowledge of chemical ecology, including behavioural assays and electrophysiology, is highly valued. Experience working as part of a laboratory research project is preferable. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required. Upper secondary school grades, equivalent to English B/English 6, are a basic requirement for be admitted to the PhD education at SLU (proof of certification will be necessary).

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

Publiceringsdatum
2017-10-09

Ersättning
Månatlig löneutbetalning

Så ansöker du
Sista dag att ansöka är 2017-12-04
Ange följande referens när du ansöker: SLU ua 3760/2017
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
3739687

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