The project will investigate the microbial and vector biology, as well as the community impact, of acute oak decline (AOD), which poses a serious threat to British oak trees. The post involves sample preparation from microbial and plant material both in the lab and field, chemical analysis of samples by GC and HPLC, insect antennal electrophysiological and behavioural assays, and conducting field trapping trials across England. Close collaboration with project partners at different UK institutions will be necessary.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in insect behaviour and analytical chemistry, with experience in microbiology. Further experience with field working (trapping) and electrophysiology is desirable.
A range of computer skills that illustrate a competency in Microsoft Office software to write reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, prepare presentations, etc, as well as the ability to collate and analyse data will also be a prerequisite.