Offre de Postdoc : honey bee defences against Varroa

Postdoctoral research position on honey bee defences against Varroa

Varroa destructor is the most important ectoparasite of the honey bee Apis mellifera and
represents a major threat to colony survival and beekeeping. Breeding for bees that are
naturally able to fight the varroa mite represents a promising control strategy. This is
the case of bees that can detect the presence of varroa and remove the parasitized brood
through Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH) behaviour. To improve breeding programs for
VSH, detailed knowledge of the mechanisms supporting this host defence are needed.
We are seeking a highly motivated postodoctoral associate to work on a programme
which aims at promoting the development and selection for honey bee colonies that are
able to naturally limit the burden of varroa infestations, through the study of the
environmental context that can influence the expression of VSH behaviour. This will
require developing and implementing appropriate methodologies both in the field
(colony monitoring and behavioural recordings) and in the laboratory (chemical and
molecular biology analyses), as well as analysing and modelling the data, in close
collaboration with members of INRA and their collaborators.


The position will be funded for 18 months and should start in January 2018. Salary will
be based on previous research experience, according to INRA regulation (~ 2400 €,
gross monthly salary).

Candidate profile:

• PhD degree in Behavioural Entomology or closely related discipline
• Strong background in insect pathology, behaviour and statistical analyses
• Previous experience with field and laboratory experiments
• Preferably experience with beekeeping, honey bee science
• Should not be allergic to bee stings
• Good scientific writing skills and excellent English proficiency

How to apply:

The application should include a detailed CV, a letter of interest including a short
description of research experience, and names of two academic references who may be
contacted. The documents should be sent by email within one file to Fanny Mondet.
Applications will be assessed until a suitable candidate is found.


Fanny Mondet,, Tel: + 33 (0)4 32 72 26 99
Yves Le Conte,, Tel: +33 (0)4 32 72 26 01
UR 406 Abeilles et Environnement
Site Agroparc, CS 40509
84914 Avignon Cedex 9, France

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