PhD project Honey bee resistance to Varroa


PhD project in the Molecular Ecology group at Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

The aim of the project is to find genetic basis of the honey bee Apis mellifera resistance to Varroa destructor. This will be done by using the latest methods in genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics. Thus representing a unique opportunity to gain experience in an area which is of high demand in the research field. The group has excellent laboratory facilities with all state of the art equipments including a next generation sequencing platform.   

The PhD position is funded for three years in which time the PhD student is expected to finish her/his degree.

The chosen PhD student is expected to work independently within the project framework. The skills should reflect the project description. The candidate will be familiar with standard molecular methods in the lab as well as bioinformatics and running scripts. Willingness to learn new methods is a must as well as ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. Some travelling to France or India might be included. Excellent command of English in both writing and speaking is essential. Knowledge of German is beneficial but not must. 

Information of the research group can be obtained from Dr. Jarkko Routtu, tel: 0049 (0) 345 55 26382, email: jarkko.routtu(at)

Application deadline before 8th February 2016, subject line referring to “PhD resistance”, together with your letter of motivation, CV, publication list, names of two referees in a single pdf file. 

Dr. Jarkko Routtu
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