A position has become available for a field assistant to work on a
project studying climate impacts on parasite transmission dynamics for
a period of 10 weeks this summer, in Sweden. The project is led by
Prof. Greg Hurst, University of Liverpool.
The position would suit a graduate student planning on pursuing a
career in ecological and/or evolutionary ecology research. Travel
expenses can be covered for candidates applying from within Europe.
Please see advertisement text below.
For informal enquiries & further information, please contact Dr Jon
Ryder (firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel. +44 (0)151 795 4527), School of
Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool. Applications (CV and
covering letter) should be sent to Mary-Jo Hoare, School of Biological
Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB (electronic
applications to: email@example.com). Applications will be
received until the position is filled.
Summer 2010 Ecological Fieldwork in Sweden:
Climate impacts on the dynamics of a sexually-transmitted parasite of
two-spot ladybird beetles
Duration: Approximately 10 weeks during the period June to August 2010.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden.
Nature of work: Working with Dr Jon Ryder and Mary-Jo Hoare, you will
be monitoring populations of the two-spot ladybird, Adalia bipunctata,
together with its sexually-transmitted mite, Coccipolipus hippodamiae.
You will also be making measurements of meteorological, microclimatic
and behavioural variables, and using field cages to record other
aspects of parasite transmission and dynamics.
Skills, character, and experience required: Although previous field
work experience is not essential, you should have a good grasp of
basic ecology and entomology. Above all, you must be reliable, hard-
working, and capable of showing initiative. The ability to work well
in a small team is important, but you will also be required to spend a
certain amount of time working independently. You also need to be
physically fit and able to work long days.
Would suit: A good student or graduate seeking experience of
ecological field-based research.
You will receive: Food, costs of travel and accommodation, research
facilities, plus a modest stipend. You will also receive all necessary
training and supervision.
More about the project: All work will take place within the city of
Stockholm, where both ladybird and parasite are common. The field-work
forms part of a three-year, NERC-funded project involving
collaboration between Prof Greg Hurst (PI), Dr David Atkinson (both
University of Liverpool), Prof Mike Boots (University of Sheffield),
and Dr Rob Knell (Queen Mary, University of London). The project aims
to investigate how thermal environment and density co-determine the
dynamics of the ladybird-mite system in natural populations. The
project includes laboratory and field measurements to calibrate
epidemiological models being developed for this system.
Senior Research Associate
School of Biological Sciences
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 7ZB
Tel: +44 (0)151 795 4528
Fax: +44 (0)151 795 4410