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Postdoctoral position in the field of insecticide research

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Postdoctoral position in the field of insecticide research

Join our scientific team in a key position and find solutions to agricultural problems that affect people every day, from field to table. You will work in an interdisciplinary team on the identification and development of insecticides with potential for industrial application as plant protection products. Your work will include, but not limited to, designing, performing and evaluating research on chemical and biological insect control agents, repellents and other behavior-modifying chemicals. The identification and characterization of active substances are also part of your job as well as the publication of results and the supervision of doctoral students.

What we expect from you
  • You have successfully completed your studies with a PhD degree in the areas of entomology, biology, biochemistry or a comparable field
  • You have a specialized knowledge of chemical pesticides, repellents, biopesticides, and laboratory bioassay techniques, as well as experience in insect sampling and keeping are required
  • Knowledge and experience in insect physiology, molecular biology and experience with quarantine pests are also desired
  • You are an independent worker, analytical thinker and have a high degree of creativity
  • A good publication record is as self-evident as a very good knowledge of English, German is a plus
  • You like to work in a multicultural, highly motivated team and are characterized by your communication skills
  • You are enjoying the supervision of doctoral students and students

What you can expect from us:
The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME practice applied life sciences from molecule to ecosystem. The project group "Bioresources", a member of the research network of the LOEWE center offers a varied and challenging work environment in a stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment with very good infrastructure and many industrial partners.

You will find more details about this:
http://www.ime.fraunhofer.de/en/businessareasMB/bioresources.html or http://www.insekten-biotechnologie.de/start.html

Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.
The working time consists of 39 hours per week.
The position is initially limited until 31.12.2016.
In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is committed to providing equal career opportunities for men and women.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.

Job Reference: IME-BR-2015-6
Closing Date: 26.07.2015

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please apply directly online by clicking on the "Apply" button.
Please abstain from submitting paper copies for environmental reasons.
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For questions about this position please contact: Frau Dr. Ina Schüttmann (ina.schuettmann@ime.fraunhofer.de).


Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Hessen)
Working place
35394 Giessen (Lahn)
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology