A post-doctoral position is available at LBBE, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, Lyon, France (https://lbbe.univ-lyon1.fr/fr) with the CrashPest ANR project. The candidate will work with Prof Emmanuel Desouhant ([email protected]) and Dr Laurence mouton ([email protected]), PI of the project.

The CrashPest project aims at developing a novel method to control pest populations of insects. This method takes advantage of intrinsic demographic processes: Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility, a form of conditional sterility which allows these bacteria to spread in host populations, combined with an Allee effect arising from mating disruption. The idea is based on a recent theoretical study which hypothesized that the transient decline in population size caused by a successful invasion of Wolbachia could drive the population below its Allee threshold, and consequently, to extinction. The species under study is the pest Drosophila suzukii.
Within this general framework we are seeking a post-doc experienced in behavioural experimental work with insects, in the theoretical context of sexual selection and life history evolution. The candidate will explore the behaviours of males searching females in a context of mating disruption and then test experimentally the effect of conspecific density on the probability of finding a sexual partner. This experiment will provide information on the component, mate-finding, Allee effect underpinning mating disruption. Moreover, the candidate will investigate the influence of Wolbachia (presence, density and strain) on sexual selection (i.e. mate choice, strength and direction of sexual selection) with a focus on mate choice that may limit the invasion of the two exotic Wolbachia strains into the natural system.
The position (salary: between 2675 et 3805 € per month before taxation according to experience) would be for 18 months. To apply, please prepare a one-page cover letter explaining your interest, with the names and email addresses of two people with first-hand knowledge of your past research experience. Please, add a curriculum vitae including a publication list (2 pages max.). Send your completed application in a single PDF file by email. The dead line for submission is the 16 december 2021 and the position will be open in march 2022.
Application should be done here: https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/CDD/UMR5558-NATARB-024/Default.aspx

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