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Wageningen, Netherlands: PhD in Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation Biocontrol PDF Tisk Email
A PhD student position within the EU-funded Marie SkÂłodowska-Curie
Innovative Training Network BINGO (Breeding Invertebrates for Next
Generation Biocontrol) is available at the Laboratory of Genetics and
the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre of Wageningen University in
the Netherlands.
About the position:
The candidate will work on the development of genome-based selection for
the improvement of natural enemies in biocontrol. Intraspecific genetic
variation in arthropods is often studied in the context of evolution and
ecology. Such knowledge can also be very usefully applied for selection of
genotypes with optimal trait values to develop more effective biocontrol
agents. For complex life-history or behavioural traits that lack easily
recordable morphological phenotypes (i.e. longevity, development time,
fecundity), the selection process can be laborious. Knowledge of the
genomic regions underlying the traits can facilitate the screening and
selection process. Genome-based selection (GS) methods use information
from genome-wide DNA-markers to efficiently select for such complex
traits. While they have been shown to hold great potential for plant and
animal breeding, GS methods have not yet been applied for the improvement
of natural enemies.  This project seeks proof-of-principle for the use
of genome-based selection for key life history and natural enemy traits
in the model parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. The aim is to develop
selection protocols for insect natural enemies and apply these for the
genome-based selection of Nasonia lines for complex life-history traits.
The project will involve: (1) A quantitative genetics approach, known as
(genomic selection,) to accommodate the haplodiploid nature of parasitoids
and other natural enemies; (2) Genomic data generation and analysis using
next-generation sequencing technologies; (3) Large-scale phenotyping
of complex traits in Nasonia.  For more details on this position,
see http://bit.ly/1D3tcLT
We seek a bright, highly motivated, and enthusiastic researcher with a
skill set suitable to the project and who is  able to work both as part
of a team and independently. Our ideal candidate has a strong quantitative
or statistical genetic background, experience with bioinformatic analysis,
and life-history or behavioural work in insects. You have a master degree
in quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, animal or plant breeding,
or evolutionary biology, with a good background in population genetics,
bioinformatics, genomics or computational biology. Candidates from other
programs, with a strong interest in the application of quantitative
methods in genetics are also invited to apply. Experience with NGS
technologies and genomic data analysis is a plus, but training will be
provided. Insect experimental work will be part of the project. The
language in the lab is English. Therefore, a high standard of spoken
and written English is required.
Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation,
in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers
and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from
the date when they obtained the degree, which would formally entitle
them to embark on a doctorate (e.g. Master degree). Eligible candidates
may be of any nationality but must not, at the time of recruitment have
resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, et cetera) in
The Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 last years immediately
prior to the recruitment date.
The BINGO-ITN is funded by the EU Horizon2020 programme and involves
12 partners from academia, non-profit organizations, and biocontrol
industry located in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Czech
Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Portugal.  BINGO's approach is
multidisciplinary, encompassing a broad range of scientific disciplines,
including the application of state-of-the-art population genomics. The
BINGO programme combines integrated training workshops and internship
opportunities across the network, with career opportunities in academia,
public or the private sectors.  You will work in close cooperation
with PhD students and researchers involved in related BINGO research
projects. Secondments are planned to other BINGO participants. For
more information about the BINGO project and other PhD projects see
How to apply:
To apply, please provide a letter of motivation and a detailed CV by
e-mail to:
1. Dr. Bart Pannebakker, 
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We will be considering applications until 1st of August 2015, the ideal
starting date is 1 September 2015
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