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  • 2 positions of RESEARCH ENGINEER on 18-month contract (from June 2021 to November 2022) within the ESORE team
The engineers' missions will be:
- Adaptation and testing of a thermal device to destroy colonies of vespids (wasps and hornets, mainly the Asian hornet Vespa velutina). The goal is to limit the use of chemical pesticides harmful to the health of operators and the environment.
- The engineers will be in charge of conducting experiments in the laboratory (validation of the technical parameters of the device) and in the field (colony elimination tests and protocol validation).

Skills required :
- Knowledge of behavioral ecology.
- Knowledge of thermal measurements and analysis on animals and/or in the environment.
- Experience working in the field and in the laboratory.
- Experience working with bees, or other social Hymenoptera such as bumblebees, wasps or hornets, would be an asset.

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Thesis offering

Offer of a thesis financed by the University of Tours.
This thesis will be co-directed by Jean-Michel Drezen and Thibaut Josse (Team 1 IMIP).
Candidates are invited to apply as soon as possible.

The funded thesis topic of evolutionary genomics will start in October 2021. It focuses on the role of endogenous viruses ("polydnaviruses") and transposable elements in the genetic differentiation being established between two populations of parasitic wasps developing in sphinx caterpillars of different species.
       In other words: do genome micro-partners play a key role in the process of sympatric speciation?
       The study is based on a well-established body of data on the genomes of microgene species of the genus Cotesia and on lineages showing sterility in one direction of crossing.
       The observed phenomenon strongly suggests that an invasion of the microgae genome by a transposable element is underway and could thus be studied for the first time in the field, in order to trace the infection pathways in the ecological network.
       The main approaches used will be comparative genomics and analysis of the anti-virus and transposon immune response involving small RNAs (piRNAs).
       Fieldwork will be conducted in Virginia (USA).
       The application must be made on the ADUM website, where the subject is presented in detail (deadline for application: 13 April).

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Call for post-doctoral application

Applications are now open for a post-doctoral to study the role of the gut microbiota in earwig sociality!

More information: The project will be supervised by Joël MEUNIER (ESORE team), and will take place at the Institute of Research on Insect Biology (IRBI - University of Tours). It is funded by the ANR (MicroSoc project) and the postdoctoral will start in October 2021 (the date is negotiable) for a maximum duration of 3 years. It is an ideal project for students who have finished or plan to finish their thesis in 2021 (a little stability in perspective)!

More information in the pdf here, or on the following website

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