Postdoctoral Position in Honeybee Welfare and Protection

Postdoctoral Position in Honeybee Welfare and Protection

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Uppsala, Sweden

About the position

Given the increasing interest in keeping honeybees, the practices employed in apiculture and how they impact the physiological and behavioural wellbeing of honeybees need comprehensive evaluation to ensure the protection of honeybees and improve the competitiveness and sustainability of beekeeping. This project aims to define and improve honeybee welfare by assessing the full extent of honeybee ethical and welfare issues and stakeholder attitudes and values to these concepts, and by quantifying welfare parameters under different types of management to establish a baseline for honeybee welfare assessment, while comparing management approaches from a welfare perspective. The position holder will be responsible for compiling a literature review, for collection of samples, contacts with labs and stakeholders, perform mapping of management practices and analyse the results as well as for developing a relevant score sheet for assessing welfare, and analysing the results.

Your profile

You should hold a doctoral degree in biology, zoology, ecology, animal science or veterinary medicine and have a research focus in animal and/or insect welfare, or insect pathology. Prior experience working with honeybees is a merit, as well as studies in ethics or philosophy. You have the ability to work independently and take a leading role in driving a research programme while also working with a team and strengthening collaborations. You have contributed to research through publications in peer reviewed international journals, you have excellent English language skills (both oral and written), and you are highly motivated. You should also have a deep interest in pursuing academic research in the forefront of this research area, combining insect health and animal welfare.

As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is at most three years old. We also place great emphasis on personal qualities of a suitable candidate for this position.

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