PhD position in a collaborative project of the University of Bremen and the ICIPE at Nairobi, Kenya.

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Project title:

Mango seed weevil bio-ecology and management in Kenya


A PhD student is being sought to study the bioecology and management of the mango seed weevil (MSW) (Sternochetus mangiferae) using entomopathogenic fungi and soft pesticides.

The successful candidate will screen different isolates of entomopathogenic fungi, evaluate the effect of abiotic factors on candidate isolates, develop appropriate formulation of the pathogen and assess field persistence and application strategy. The experimental work will be carried out at the icipe, Nairobi, Kenya and the successful candidate will obtain a PhD in Biology at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Qualifications: This position requires a MSc or equivalent in entomology, biology, ecology or related fields.

Familiarity with insect pathology is desirable.

Availability: Immediately Duration: 3 years with possibility of 1 yr extension


For further information and application, please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas S. Hoffmeister, Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Bremen, e-mail [email protected]

Applicants should send an application until May 7 to:

[email protected]

that includes an explanation of research experience and interests, a CV, and contact details of two persons who can provide letters of reference.

Copies of relevant earlier publications can also be useful.

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