Postdoctoral Fellow - Parasitoid Reproduction and Development

Dunedin Central, Dunedin (NZ)
Postdoctoral Fellow ($75,896)
September 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


Our Department

The Department of Biochemistry at Otago teaches Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, and related subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and carries out research into how life works at the molecular level.

Our staff and students investigate the underpinning mechanisms of life in humans and other animals, plants, and microbes. Our goals are to enhance the well-being and quality of life of New Zealanders, improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and develop technology in agriculture and other industries.

This Postdoctoral Fellow position is funded by an MBIE project, Building Better Biocontrols, with Professor Peter Dearden, in the University of Otago's Laboratory for Evolution and Development. In this role you will be required to work with a nationally distributed team.

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and driven Postdoctoral Fellow to join a team working on developing tools and technologies to improve biocontrol outcomes for New Zealand pasture pests.

Two biocontrol wasps control weevil pests capable of destroying New Zealand's pastoral economy. One of these wasps is beginning to fail in its capacity to control its target pest, and we urgently need to refresh their activity.

You will use emerging molecular technologies to understand and modify the reproductive modes of biocontrol wasps to facilitate rapid selection for new, effective, strains. The results of this research will be critical in future-proofing parasitoid biocontrol for the protection of New Zealand's vital pastoral industries as well as contributing to our understanding of evolution and development.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Have a PhD in Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Entomology or related fields.
  • Skills in RNA interference, CRISPR and transgenesis in insects are desirable.
  • Experience working with genome data is encouraged.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with skills in insect technologies.

Further Details

This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for two years. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position as soon as possible.

Enquiries should be directed to Professor Peter Dearden via the email address below.


To submit your application please click the apply button below.

Applications quoting reference number 1801762 will close on Monday, 15 October 2018.


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