Two PhD assistantships in applied entomology are available at Boku
(University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria).
The three year project is in close cooperation with the Insect Pest
Control Laboratory (IPCL) from the Joint FAO/IAEA Division (Seibersdorf,
Austria), University of Lyon 1, France and the University of Rennes.
Two highly motivated and creative doctoral students are sought to join
the French Research National Agency (ANR) and Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
funded project to conduct research on developing control strategies for
the spotted wing Drosophila fly, Drosophila suzukii. The recent invasion
of D. suzukii is a major concern for Europe’s soft fruit production
sector. The objective of the project is to develop an alternative approach
for controlling D. suzukii through the release of sterile insects produced
via Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) and Incompatible Insect Technique
(IIT). Protocols for mass-rearing and sterilization of D. suzukii using
radiation as well as cytoplasmic incompatible CI Wolbachia strains shall
be developed and validated.
– One PhD candidate will be responsible for developing the mass
rearing protocol for D. suzukii and establish SIT by applying different
irradiation protocols for reaching optimal male sterility. Thus, quality
control analysis including male mating competitiveness besides others
will be performed.
– The second PhD candidate will be responsible for the characterization
of available Wolbachia-infected lines in respect to cytoplasmic
incompatibility levels and fitness. The most suitable line(s) will be
further assessed for the development and application of a combined SIT
and IIT approach in the absence of an efficient sex separation system.
The selected PhD candidate will also be responsible to assess genetic
changes occurring during domestication and/or mass-rearing.
The supervisors of these project are at IPCL Rui Cardoso Pereira, Carlos
Caceres, Kostas Bourtzis, at the University Lyon 1 Laurence Mouton,
Patricia Gibert and Fabrice Vavre and at Boku Christian Stauffer.
General requirements for the position: We ask a MSc degree in Plant
Sciences, Biotechnology, Biology or Evolution with multidisciplinary
profile. In addition to the specific skills required, the candidates
should be team players with demonstrable experience in collaboration with
ecologists and/or entomologists. The candidates should have excellent
communication skills and should be fluent in English. The project is
expected to start in spring 2016 and PhD candidates have to enroll at
Boku www.boku.ac.at/en/. Monthly salary of the successful candidates
will be according to the regulations of the Austrian Science Fund FWF
Please send applications to Christian Stauffer
[email protected] until 21st of February, 2016 including
at least two reference letters, CV, cover letter expressing motivation
and the preferred PhD work. Please indicate « SUZUKILL PhD Application »
as subject of the mail.