Monday, 7 June 2010

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Chemical Ecology

Company ETH Zurich, Applied Entomology

Workplace ETH Zurich

Description: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Chemical Ecology
Fruit tree volatiles influence behaviours of several associated insects. In many of these relationships, little is known on which natural volatile constituents mediate the behavioural effects, and which mechanisms underlie the bioactivity observed. The project will first address an early season pest, the apple blossom weevil, and then possibly proceed with mid-season pests. Recent findings with the apple blossom weevil indicate that a complex recombined synthetic blend attracts this curculionid in the laboratory. The goal is to gain a simplified yet highly bioactive blend, and to understand the effects of the single mixture constituents. Fully equipped biological and chemical laboratories are available as well as orchards with regular occurrence of this target insect. Expected findings should be both of basic and applied interest.

ETH Applied Entomology investigates insect-plant interactions, particularly as a basis for more sustainable pest and crop management. Main languages spoken are English and German.

Education PhD with experience in chemical ecology of insects (PhD in biology or chemistry, or related discipline)

Entrance upon October 1, 2010, or upon agreement

Duration of 1 year, with option for extension based on performance and
appointment opportunity

Remarks Review of applications will start later in June and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Send Curriculum Vitae, a list of methods you are familiar with, indication of the earliest possible starting date, as well as addresses with phone numbers of three references to Prof. Dr. Silvia Dorn.

Contact address Prof. Dr. Silvia Dorn
ETH Zurich / Applied Entomology
(Subject: Postdoc Chemical Ecology)
Schmelzbergstrasse 9 / LFO
CH-8092 Zurich

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