postdoc position, London

Greg Hurst g.hurst at
Wed Apr 11 12:40:18 EST 2001

Postdoctoral position.
University College London, 3 years.

How does Wolbachia kill males?

Applications are invited for a three year BBSRC-funded postdoctoral
position at University College London to study the interaction between
male-killing Wolbachia parasites and their Drosophila host.  The aim of
the project is to analyse the interaction between host and bacterium in
mechanistic terms with a view to assessing the aspects of host evolution
potentially affected by these parasites.  We are particularly interested
in the means by which Wolbachia induces male death, and the cue by which
host sex is detected.

Technical experience within one or more of Drosophila genetics,
parasite-host interactions, invertebrate pathology, microinjection
techiques or molecular genetics would be advantageous.

The successful applicant will be based principally within the group of
Dr Greg Hurst at the Department of Biology, University College London.
The department rated 5 in the last RAE and contains a highly active
group of evolutionary biologists, and facilities for post-genomic
research.  They will also work in the laboratories of Dr Henk Braig
(University of Wales, Bangor) and Prof. Scott O'Neill (Department of
Zoology & Entomology, Queensland). Salary will be on the RA1A scale,
starting at GBP 20865 (incl. London weighting).

Informal enquiries and applications should be sent by email to
g.hurst at Applications should include cover note, c.v.,
publication list and names of three referees and should arrive before
Friday April 20th. University College London is an Equal Opportunities

Current research projects within the UCL parasites group can be found at, and information on the general research
activities within the Department of Biology, UCL can be found at An introductory review of
recent work on the biology of male-killing bacteria can be found at


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