Postdoctoral fellowship on sublethal effects of neonicotinoids on honeybee olfactory system and colony performance

Free University of Bolzano

Project description:

The interdisciplinary project aims to investigate sublethal effects of neonicotinoids on colony performance and bee olfactory system in Trentino-South Tyrol (Italy). The candidate will perform research on bee orientation, floral recognition, and social communication, observing direct effects of sublethal acute and chronic exposure along the olfactory perception. Exposure thresholds for different substances will be determined by varying concentrations and exposures times observing the onset of changes at the different levels of colony organization (queen recognition, fresh brood, wax formation, and comb construction). These values will then be compared with doses that bees are exposed to in their local habitats due to treatment practices in the region. Laboratory experiments will investigate the animals' ability to code and memorize odorants, particularly pheromones, essential for their social interaction, and flower volatiles, guiding bees to blooming plants. Relevant work experience in beekeeping is an advantage.  

Contract duration:

2 years, extendable to 3 years.

Applicants need:

a) MSc in in Master degree level in agriculture, biology or similar;
b) Appropriate scientific and professional (beekeeping) knowledge required to carry out the research described;
c) Excellent background in relevant fields (documented by peer-reviewed publications);
d) Advanced experience in field lab experiments and data analysis;
e) Excellent English language skills.

Application deadline:

November, 7th 2016, 12:00 local time

Further information on application procedure:


Sergio Angeli
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