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Here you will find details of social insect related job vacancies, studentships and grants currently available. If you have any social insect related vacancies that you would like to have advertised here, please e-mail to INSECTS@bio.ku.dk. All advertisements must include either a closing date for applications, or a date on which they may be removed from the web site. This page was last modified on Monday, September 4, 2017


Overview of vacancies on this page:

Postdoc: Social Evolution and the Evolution of Ageing in Bumble Bees, East Anglia

Postdoc: Bioinformatician Position on Social Evolution and the Evolution of Ageing in Bumble Bees, East Anglia

PhD positions: Evolutionary Ecology of Ambrosia Beetles, Würzburg

Associate Editors - Insectes Sociaux


Postdoc: Social Evolution and the Evolution of Ageing in Bumble Bees, East Anglia

PI: Prof Andrew Bourke

University of East Anglia - School of Biological Sciences

Location: Norwich, UK
Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Closes: 8th September 2017
Job Ref: RA1432

An experienced postdoctoral researcher is sought to work on a three-year, NERC-funded project in a team supervised by Professors Andrew Bourke and Tracey Chapman. The aim of the project is to investigate costs of reproduction and the fecundity-longevity trade-off in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris and the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. The wider goal is to determine the effects of social evolution on the evolution of ageing.

You will have a minimum of a PhD in a relevant area, research experience of working with bumble bees or similar model systems, and be able to fulfil all essential elements of the person specification.

This full-time post is available from 1 October 2017, for a fixed term up to 36 months or until 30 September 2020.

The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver

To apply: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BDL506/senior-research-associate/

Posted 4/9/2017


Postdoc: Bioinformatician Position on Social Evolution and the Evolution of Ageing in Bumble Bees, East Anglia

PI: Prof Andrew Bourke

University of East Anglia - School of Biological Sciences

Location: Norwich, UK
Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 per annum, pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Closes: 8th September 2017
Job Ref: RA1433

Faculty of Science

(0.8 FTE)

We have an opportunity for an experienced postdoctoral bioinformatician to work on a three-year, NERC-funded project in a team supervised by Professors Andrew Bourke and Tracey Chapman. The aim of the project is to investigate costs of reproduction and the fecundity-longevity trade-off in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris and the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. The wider goal is to determine the effects of social evolution on the evolution of ageing. The postholder will analyse RNA-Seq data generated by experimental manipulations of the bumble bees and flies.

You will have a minimum of a PhD in a relevant area, research experience in bioinformatics including the analysis of RNA-Seq data through writing scripts, programming and deployment of software packages, and be able to fulfil all essential elements of the person specification.

This part-time (80% FTE) post is available for a fixed term period of up to 36 months from 1 October 2017.

The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver

To apply: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BDL835/senior-research-associate/

Posted 4/9/2017


PhD positions: Evolutionary Ecology of Ambrosia Beetles, Würzburg

Application deadline: 30.9.2017

Research Group Insect-Fungus Symbiosis, Zoology 3, University of Würzburg, Germany 

Two 3-year PhD positions in “Evolutionary Ecology of Sociality and Fungiculture in Ambrosia Beetles”

We seek highly motivated biologists with a keen interest in the ecology and evolution of insect social behaviour and/or fungiculture to join our newly established research group at the University in Wuerzburg, Germany (www.insect-fungus.com).

Description: Our main models are bark and ambrosia beetles (AB), which live in subsocial to eusocial societies within wood, where they cultivate fungi on walls of their tunnels. Both sociality and fungiculture evolved in several independent lineages under different ecological conditions, levels of relatedness and ploidy. They remained poorly studied although they are excellent models to test pending evolutionary questions.

Possible projects: 

In our work we combine field studies with lab experiments and apply an interdisciplinary approach, combining selection experiments, experimental assays, and culturing methods with state-of-the-art molecular (e.g. qPCR, next-gen-sequencing) and biochemical (e.g. GC-MS) techniques.

We require:

We offer:

The Host: We are one of a few labs in the world to study AB. For details on our projects see www.insect-fungus.com or directly contact Dr. Peter Biedermann (peter.biedermann@uni-wuerzburg.de; +49(0)17699819095). The University of Würzburg offers tremendous expertise on social insect behaviour, evolution, chemical ecology and molecular ecology. Würzburg itself is a vivid student city in one of the most beautiful areas of Germany.

Application: Please submit the application (as a single pdf file including a letter of motivation, a short summary of research interests, a CV, certificates, and contacts of two potential referees) via e-mail to info@insect-fungus.com before September 30th 2017.

Posted 4/9/2017



Associate Editors - Insectes Sociaux

Insectes Sociaux, the official journal of the IUSSI, is looking for two to three Associate Editors. 

Insectes Sociaux publishes papers dealing with various aspects of the biology and evolution of social insects and other presocial arthropods; these include ecology, ethology, morphology, population genetics, reproduction, communication, sociobiology, caste differentiation and social parasitism.

Associate Editors solicit reviews of submitted papers and make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief about the acceptability of submissions.  The submission load for an Associate Editor is usually 20-25 manuscripts per year.  Applications from scientists studying any aspect of social insect biology are welcome, although the most immediate editorial needs are for expertise in bee behavior, wasp behavior and ecology, termite biology, and the biology of presocial arthropods. Nominations are also welcome.  Associate Editors are usually mid-career or senior scientists who have strong publication records.  Associate Editors are paid a small stipend per manuscript handled.

Insectes Sociaux seeks to have an editorial team that reflects all aspects of the diversity of its membership.

Applications and nominations should be sent to: Prof. Michael Breed, Editor-in-Chief, Insectes Sociaux at: michael.breed@colorado.edu.  Applications should include a current CV and a letter of interest.

Posted 23/5/2017


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