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Herbivores and their natural enemies have a profound impact on plant  
growth and yield. A major aim in plant biology is, therefore, to  
understand the factors that influence herbivore damage and predation by  
higher trophic levels in order to improve ecosystem management and pest  
control strategies. 
This project investigates the dynamics of plant  
herbivore natural enemy interactions in the rhizosphere, with a focus on  
plant toxins and climate change. The successful candidate will work on the  
interaction between maize, its most important herbivore pest Diabrotica  
virgifera and entomopathogenic nematodes as promising biocontrol agents.  
Using analytical, molecular and ecological approaches, he/she will  
investigate how plant secondary metabolites influence the interaction, and  
how soil abiotic factors that are likely to be altered by climate change  
affect the different players of the system. The PhD project is closely  
associated with the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), a  
world-leading institution in climate sciences.
We look for an enthusiastic PhD student with strong interests in  
plant-herbivore interactions. Applicants should have a firm background in  
one of the following fields: Molecular biology, biochemistry, plant  
physiology, analytical chemistry, entomology, ecology. All our projects  
are highly integrative and require willingness to embrace multiple  
disciplines within the domain of plant- environment interactions.  
Excellent University grades at the MSc. level are expected. Fluent spoken  
and written English are prerequisites for this position.
We offer an inspiring research environment, including state-of-the art  
research facilities, intensive supervision and an exciting project of  
considerable fundamental and applied relevance. The institute of Plant  
Sciences is located at the shore of the river Aare, close to the vibrant  
centre of the city of Bern. The PhD student is paid according to  
University standard rates and will benefit from the courses offered by the  
Graduate School of the OCCR (www.climatestudies.unibe.ch/graduate).
How to apply: Send a single pdf including a letter of motivation, a CV  
with University grades and the names and addresses of two referees to  

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 . The position is available immediately and will  
remain open until filled.
Contact: Prof. Matthias Erb, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of  
Bern, Altenbergrain 21, 3013 Bern, Switzerland, 
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