Research Technician – Insect Food Webs
The Open Philanthropy Project recently announced an award to the Target Malaria consortium (led by Imperial College London) to assist it develop and prepare for the potential deployment of gene drive technologies in mosquitoes to help eliminate malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Deployment will only occur if it is feasible, ethical, safe, approved by the regulatory authorities, and supported by the affected communities.
Part of the award has been allocated to understanding the community-ecology consequences of reducing in density, or eliminating, the particular mosquito species that transmit malaria to humans. Fieldwork in Ghana will seek to understand the ecology of these mosquitoes and use modern molecular techniques (such as DNA “barcoding” and metagenomics) to analyse their position in local ecological food webs. The project will be led by Professor Charles Godfray (Oxford) assisted by Dr Fred Aboagye-Antwi (Accra), Professor Owen Lewis (Oxford) and Professor Frédéric Tripet (Keele).
We wish to employ a technician with skills in molecular biology to support work at Oxford in using molecular techniques to address questions in community ecology. The successful candidate will have experience working in this or a related area and be able to demonstrate that they can work in a team. The main duties of the role are to support other project members in experimental work in the laboratory and to ensure the day- to-day running of the laboratory. The post will have responsibility for managing scientific process and maintaining quality control.
The post is based at the Department of Zoology is full-time and fixed-term for 4 years.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 7 November 2018.
Sofia Gripenberg*, Owen Lewis and Becky Morris* are all able to supervise PhD students (in Oxford, the qualification is known as a ‘DPhil’). Our current students are funded through the Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership (previously NERC studentships), prestigious independent studentships (e.g. the Christopher Welch Scholarship) and, for overseas students, scholarships funded by their home countries (see the Department of Zoology website). Applications for the Environmental Research DTP are due in January (see here for details on how to apply). If you’re interested in studying for a DPhil please contact us well in advance of the university deadlines, preferably attaching a CV, research interests and your ideas about your preferred research topics.
*Becky Morris and Sofia Gripenberg have moved and will now recruit PhD students through the Universities of Southampton and Reading, respectively – please contact them for details.
Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellowships
We encourage motivated postdoctoral researchers to contact us. If you wish to apply for an independent research fellowship in topics related to research within the group we may be able to support and assist with your application – please see the Department of Zoology website for more details and contact us if you are interested in this possibility.