Saturday, 28 January 2012

Ph.D. fellow in Bee Health: host-parasite interactions and landscape complexity at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Department of Agriculture and Ecology, Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship commencing 1 April 2012 or soon thereafter. The application deadline is 1 February 2012

Project description

The project will aim to achieve an integrated study of key factors that determine the general health of bees. Emphasis will be on honeybees but additional interfaces relevant for bumblebees and/or solitary bees can be considered. Topics to be addressed may include: 1) Multivariate analyses of large-scale monitoring data already collected from Danish apiaries, 2) Assessment of fitness parameters in landscapes of varying heterogeneity, 3) Quantifying parasite pressure in apiaries, 4) Behavioural studies of disease transmission.

The ecosystem services provided to European agriculture by pollinators have a value of 22 billion euro per year. The ongoing decline of wild and managed bees therefore represents a significant challenge for future food production, healthy human diets, and the protection of biodiversity throughout Europe. The cause of bee colony losses is believed to be multi-factorial and to include parasites and diseases, habitat destruction, and various environmental stress factors emanating from pesticides and lack of floral diversity.

The PhD student will be based at the Department of Agriculture and Ecology, Zoology Section, where a productive research group on fungal bee diseases has become established as part of the Centre for Social Evolution

The successful applicant should have qualifications within several of the following areas:
• Entomology and/or Apiculture
• Microbiology and/or Mycology
• Population ecology and/or Evolutionary biology
Experience with social insects, molecular techniques and/or statistical methods will be an asset.

Principal supervisor
Associated Professor
Annette Bruun Jensen
(+45) 35 32 26 62
Department of Agriculture and Ecology

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at LIFE are:
• Manage and carry through your research project
• Take PhD courses
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
• Participate in international congresses
• Stay at a research institution abroad for a few months
• Teach and disseminate your research
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
• A master´s degree related to the subject area of the project
• The grade point average achieved
• Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
• Previous publications
• Relevant work experience
• Other professional activities
• Language skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)
Formal requirements
The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty´s master´s programmes.
At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the LIFE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment.
Graduate School of Faculty of Life Sciences, LIFE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.

Terms of employment
The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Application Procedure

Apply by clicking "Apply online" below.

Applications - in English - must include:
• Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
• A sketch of suggested research questions with reference to the announcement and applicants own qualifications (max 2 pages)
• CV
• Diploma and transcripts of records
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
• Personal Recommendations
• A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.

By the end of February 2012, all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application. Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged.

The application must be received no later than 1 February 2012. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

For specific information about the PhD scolarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes is available at

Apply online
Deadline: 01-02-2012
Publisher: Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultet

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