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Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Chemical Ecology


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £27,428 to £33,734
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Monday 17 October 2011
Interview Date:   Monday 21 November 2011
Reference:  047711BJ

Centre for Biological Sciences

(Ecology and the Environment/Nanoneuroscience)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Chemical Ecology

Does diesel pollution compromise an insect’s ability to smell a flower's scent?

The Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton wish to appoint an experienced post-doctoral scientist in the field of chemical ecology. The post is to join a multi-disciplinary team of ecologists and neurobiologists to conduct research on the role of diesel exhaust pollution on the ability of honey bees to detect and respond to floral volatiles. The project will research the effects of diesel pollution on floral volatiles, honey bee learning and memory, and honey bee fitness. A sound knowledge of chemical ecology/chemistry, insect behaviour and associated techniques (such as GC-MS, ICP-MS, insect bioassays, classical conditioning etc) is essential. Some experience in molecular biology, neurobiology and apiculture is particularly desirable.

An experimental laboratory background is essential and project management skills are desirable. You will be an experienced graduate with a PhD in chemical ecology/chemistry or a related relevant subject area. This is a fixed-term full-time position funded by the Leverhulme Trust for a period of 36 months and is available from the 1st of January 2012.

For informal enquires contact Prof. Guy Poppy (, Dr Tracey Newman ( or Dr Robbie Girling (

The closing date for this position is 17 October 2011. Please apply through or please telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form.  Please quote reference number 047711BJ in all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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