Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or 2

07 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Sep 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or 2 to work on the project Better bees in Ireland: identifying stressors, and assisting beekeepers, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Sciences .

This project investigates the relationship between honey bee colony losses and different stress factors in an Irish context, including pathogens, pesticides and changes in climate. The post holder will work closely with beekeepers to collect samples across Ireland and test for the prevalence of all major pathogens and pesticides, including Varroa levels and screening Irish honey for the presence of spores and strain type of the destructive American foulbrood disease. Greenhouse experiments will be conducted to quantify behavioural thresholds, and estimate adaptation to climate change in the different honey bee genetic groups/subspecies present in Ireland. This project provides the opportunity to develop a diversity of key skills in bee research while working along-side collaborators who are experts in the field.

The results will be published in scientific journals and close communication will be established and maintained with the beekeeping community throughout the project. The project will inform and benefit bee health and the beekeeping and scientific communities in Ireland, Europe and around the world.

Salary range: €37,874 - €41,373 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 25th September 2020.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.