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We are looking for a PhD candidate in the field of virus-insect-plant interactions, who is interested in studying insect behaviour, plant viruses and molecular mechanisms underlying plant resistance to herbivorous insects. The project aims to study the effects of plant viruses on plant defenses to aphids and will compare different viruses for their effects on aphid behaviour and the signaling pathways they activate in the plant. The research will involve the use of biosensors and transcriptome analyses.

This research project addresses fundamental research to provide a basis for innovative developments in sustainable crop protection based on plant capacities to defend themselves against herbivorous insects and the viruses they transmit.

You will be employed at the Laboratory of Virology and Laboratory of Entomology and embedded in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences.

Function Requirements

  • An enthusiastic, creative and proactive candidate who would like to work in a multidisciplinary and international team;
  • MSc degree in Biology, Plant Sciences, Plant Biotechnology, or a related field;
  • Background in plant-virus interactions and plant-insect interactions, and affinity with molecular biology and bioinformatics;
  • Experience with performing large-scale experiments and statistical analyses of complex datasets;
  • Experience with performing molecular experiments and affinity with microscopy;
  • Being curious and passionate about fundamental research in the context of sustainable crop production;
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English (both oral and written);
  • Our PhD candidates are encouraged to supervise MSc thesis students when such opportunities arise and you will be involved in teaching activities

Contact information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Emilyn Matsumura ([email protected]) and Dr. Karen Kloth ([email protected])

For more information about the procedure, please contact [email protected]

General information about the Laboratory of Virology and Laboratory of Entomology can be found on


This vacancy will be listed up to and including 3 November 2021.
The first job interviews will take place in the week of 15 November 2021.

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