Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Ph.D. scholarship on impact of climate change

PhD studentship (3 years contract) Impact of Climate Change on Cereal Aphids and Natural Enemies
Application deadline: 15.08.2009We are looking for a highly skilled, motivated and collaborative person with a Mas-ter degree (or equivalent) in Agriculture/Horticulture or Biology/Ecology to investi-gate the impact of climate change on population dynamics of cereal aphids and selected natural enemies. The project is part of the research initiative KLIFF (Kli-mafolgenforschung), which is funded by the Ministry of Lower Saxony. The net-work "Climate Change and Production of Economic Plants - Processes and Adap-tation Strategies until 2030" consist of 14 sub-projects which investigate the impact of climate change on agriculture and horticulture ( specific tasks of the PhD student at LUH will be:• Evaluation of climate change effects on cereal aphids and natural enemies with a special focus on existing modelling approaches (literature work).• Investigation of specific climate change effects, in particular changing winter/spring temperatures, on population development of cereal aphids and synchronisation with key natural enemies under controlled conditions.• Verification of laboratory results in semi-field experiments (protected green-house agroecosystem) and field studies.• Development of advanced approaches to integrate climate change projections and experimental data in cereal aphid population models.The candidate will be registered at Leibniz University Hannover ( as PhD student. We expect a sound background in applied entomol-ogy/plant protection in particular biocontrol. Experience in handling and statistical analysis of complex data sets is most desirable. Candidates with experience in population ecology / modelling are especially encouraged to apply. PhD funding is based on 0.5 TV-L E13. Working place is Hannover. A driving licence is important since experimental fields are located in the periphery of Hannover.Send your application and CV, including a letter of motivation and two references, no later than 15.08.2009 to: Institute of Plant Protection and Plant Diseases, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Herrenhäuserstr. 2, D-30419 Hannover, Germany. Electronic application is preferred to further information contact: Prof. Dr. Hans-Michael Poehling (, phone: ++49/511/7622641 or Dr. Rainer Meyhöfer (

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