Research Assistant or Associate (Molecular Biology and Control of Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus) - D99224R

Newcastle University - Natural and Environmental Sciences

Salary: £27,285 to £28,936 (PhD nearing completion) or £29,799 to £38,833 (PhD Awarded)

Closing Date: 03 January 2018

You will study the molecular biology and control of chronic bee paralysis virus, an emerging pathogen of honey bees.

This collaborative study with the University of St Andrews aims to understand the emergence of Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV) as a significant pathogen of honey bees; to characterise the molecular features of the virus that contribute to pathogenesis; to identify whether co-infection with other pathogens contributes to disease and to define co-stressors that exacerbate susceptibility and/or disease; and to conduct field studies to monitor disease progression under different management scenarios. The goal of the study is to develop honey bee management techniques that help bee farmers and amateur beekeepers prevent or mitigate CBPV disease in honey bee colonies.

You will be a highly motivated scientist with a PhD (awarded or near completion) in ecology or molecular biology, with practical experience in studying insects or their pathogens. Experience of handling live insects, beekeeping or biological modelling is desirable but not essential. You will have demonstrated practical experience in a range of laboratory skills as well as experience of conducting fieldwork. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills and a proven ability to work successfully in a research team. The personal skills necessary to interact with staff from other Universities as well stakeholders (e.g. bee farmers) is critical for this role.

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The post is available fixed term for 3 years and is full time

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Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system. 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

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