> Scope: Fulltime
> Temporary: until 31.03.2026
> Remuneration: TV-L 13
> Start: from 01.04.2022

For the Institute for Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics we are looking for a/an

Academic employee (m/f/d)

Ulm University with its more than 10,000 students offers varied professional tasks in a highly innovative research, teaching and work environment, at the same time facilitating the reconciliation of work and family in many ways.

We seek to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourages qualified female scientists to apply for this position.

As a rule, full-time positions can be split.

Severely disabled applicants with equal aptitude will be given preferential

This 4 year post-doc is part of the ERC consolidator grant BeePath to Prof. Lena Wilfert, studying how the acquisition of vector-borne transmission has impacted on the epidemiology and evolution of an important bee pathogen, Deformed Wing Virus. The project integrates evolution in natural populations of honeybees and bumblebees with experimental viral evolution in the lab, fitness assays in the virus and its hosts and modelling to understand the ultimate drivers of pathogen fitness. Labwork will be supported by an experienced technician dedicated to this project. Additionally, a PhD student will join the project team in autumn 2022. At the institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics, an interactive and international team studies diverse topics in evolutionary ecology, including host-pathogen interactions (Prof. Wilfert), conservation genomics (Prof. Sommer) and pollinator ecology (Profs. Ayasse and Tschapka). The project involves international collaboration with Prof Mike Boots (UCLA Berkeley) and Dr. Ben Temperton (University of Exeter)

Your profile:

  • a relevant PhD in evolutionary ecology, virology or a related field
  • excellent oral and written English language skills
  • expertise in the fields of disease and molecular ecology and evolution, experimental evolution or a relevant related field
  • practical experience in experimental evolution, molecular biology or microbiology and NGS sequencing would be desirable
  • analytical skills in molecular evolution, statistics and bioinformatics would be desirable
  • ideally, you should have experience in reverse viral genetics or experimental work with insects/bees
  • experience or interest in mathematical modelling would be advantageous

Your responsibilities:

  • viral reverse genetics
  • running viral evolution experiments in bees
  • quantifying viral fitness by qPCR
  • analysing molecular evolution
  • viral life history analysis and modelling
  • presenting results at international conferences and manuscript preparation

Seize the opportunity and join us in shaping the future of the University!

Hiring is done by the Central University Administration.

Your contact for further information:
Prof. Dr. Lena Bayer-Wilfert, phone +49 731 50-30615

We look forward to your application via our online application portal.
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